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Papago Park

Average Rating:    (3.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Smooth, several twists and turns, varying levels of altitude change
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Latitude
33.45364367948399
Longitude
-111.94931030273438
Trail Directions
Take Mill Ave. north (or Van Buren east) to Galvin Parkway. Turn right (left) and park somewhere suitable, such as the zoo parking lot. Find a trail and take off!
Trail Length
~10 miles total trail
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
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Review Date
May 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: desertrider83 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm rating it 3's because the difficulty depends on the trail you take, and what you make of it, usually there are numerous options, with at least one being long uphill climb, to going around the hill.

This was the first "real" off road trail I rode in arizona, which was perfect, because it allowed me to brush up on my rusty skills.

I am/was used to completely different terrain, being from the south east, I have ridden trails all over the apalachan (sp) mountains, and though desert riding is completely different, it is still fun (minus the flat tires from catus's & such).

Any ways, great riding for beginners, or seasoned vets looking to brush up on their skills after being m.i.a. for a few years to the sport.

But, if you learn quick, or once you get the groove back, it can grow boring quick. So you'll have to test out your creativity.

Also great for just a ride to get out, and just enjoy riding your bike.

It isn't south mountain thats a whole different ball game.

Recommended Route:
I take scottsdale rd, turn left on curry to 68th st, once you get to that intersection, you can park your car wherever, and hit the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South mountain, but im still new, so dont do like I did on S.M. and just wing it, riding wherever you roll to, you'll get lost, and it sucks when you run out of carbs & water.



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Review Date
September 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mrweelz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just moved to Phoenix and getting used to the trails. I'm from England so the riding here is way different. Papago is a great place to ride. It's not a mountain ride - there are no 10 minute downhills but it has plenty of variety. Lots of techy ups and sweet downs, there's so many trails interconnecting too that you never have to take the same route. Check out the short but swift downhill behind the hole in the rock, nice speed jump there. Ride around get nice and warmed up then head out to the jumps. I'd been riding here a few times and never seen them, then one morning, I stumbled into them. There are some sick jumps in the hill to bowl area, I ain't tryin some of'em neither but its a rush and there are jumps for all.

Recommended Route:
No good at directions to be honest, if you need to get to the jumps, and I think you do, then read the papgo alternate route posting or email me for directions. I'm out there maybe every weekend, depends, drop me a line if you wanna hook up for a ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Only estrella loops so far, I'm new here ! Estrella is okayish though, just a little bland with no real meat to it.



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Review Date
September 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jbdmd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A friend of mine had been hounding me for a ride so I took her here. She, who had neve been near a mountain bike, absolutley loved it!
If you have someone who is a very occasional rider or who is just starting out I think this place is a good place to start them out without scarring the S@#T! out of them. If you are used to riding hardcore, technical, sick, oh my god i am going to die! single track, go to south mountain!...and give me a buzz!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
for beginners mcdowell, dessert classic



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Review Date
January 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Turd McHardtail , from phoenix

Summary:
Papago is a fun and challenging advanced beginner ride. Although it's in the middle of the city, you can definitely wet your whistle as to what to expect on more prominent trails. Mostly grippy singletrack a little loose in some of the washes, watch for other riders and hikers in the turns.

Recommended Route:
Access from east side of Galvin Parkway, Head NW toward butte and ride up what is likely the steepest climb (short and a little loose) the park offers. Follow all singletrack you find around the buttes, it's fun riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sedona!



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Review Date
March 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mattb , from Columbus, OH

Summary:
Basically a beginner area (not much of a trail), or someplace to work on a limited number of skills.



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