If you are looking for a good mountain bike ride in the Phoenix area I highly recommend checking out the National trail on South Mountain. The gnar is top notch and the views are incredible.
This was my first time ever to the South West. As a MTB rider from the North East I did not know what to expect. South Mt did not disappoint. We did an out and back on the National trail which was full of hard tech and breath taking looks outs.
Starting from the Pima Canyon parking lot we took the Pima Canyon Dirt Road about 1.5 miles to the start of the National trail. But instead of staying on that we made a quick right onto the Mormon Loop. You can climb either, but Mormon is more doable. At the 3 mile mark we connected back into the National trail.
At mile 4 you will come to the infamous Waterfall which was crazy difficult. After messing around on that for a while we continued on the National trail for another 4.5 miles before it dumped us out onto Summit Road. Rather than climbing the crazy tech we just came down, we used Summit to Buena Vista to South TV Road to connect back onto National.
In total, our ride ended up being about 18 miles with 2600 ft of climbing. If want to follow the route we took, check out my Strava or Trailforks links below.
Trail Details & Additional Info
Pima Canyon Parking Lot
4500 E Pima Canyon Rd, Phoenix, AZ
Trailforks Ride Log:
Action Ride Shop
If you are looking for an awesome bike shop check out Action Ride Shop. I needed my wheel straightened and Dan needed a tune up and they took us in right on the spot. Top notch mechanics and the store was filled with bikes, gear and accessories. Highly recommend them!
1316 S Gilbert Rd Ste D1, Mesa, AZ 85204
Featured rider: Dan @the_ride_abides
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