Featured MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
Located southwest of Phoenix, the rugged 19,800 acre Estrella Mountain Regional Park has a network of trails ranging from 5 to 30 miles through spectacular mountain scenery. The infrequently traveled trails are refreshing compared to the crowds at South Mountain Park. In addition to the main trail network, there is a Competitive Track located just east of the main park with a trailhead near the Phoenix International Raceway at the very south end of El Mirage Road.
Southeast of Phoenix and west of Guadalupe, the 16,500 acre South Mountain Park is a vast and rugged riparian mountain range that is part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve System. Keep an eye out for scorpions and desert tortoises near the saguaros! From the Pima Canyon mountain bike trailhead, a great 15 mile loop can be formed by combining the National Trail heading westbound and the Desert Classic Trail for the eastbound return.
Near Tucson and just east of Davis-Monthan AFB, the new Fantasy Island area has an awesome network of mountain bike trails with four major loops spread over ugly greasewood flats desert on State Lands. Don't miss the Bunny Flats and Christmas Tree Loop. Keep an eye out fo Gila Monsters and Mojave Rattlesnakes.
Northwest of Phoenix near Surprise and Peoria in the West Valley, the Pyramid Peak area is becoming popular with local mountain bike riders due to an amazing network of trails on State Trust Land. The trails roll over saguaro desert forest and hills surrounding Pyramid Peak and nearby Deem Hills and Middle Mountain.
Northwest of Show Low and just southeast of Pinedale in the White Mountains, the Los Caballos Trail (#638) is a 14 mile loop. It is relatively flat except for a few short steep grades. The majority of the trail follows old logging roads as it winds along Joe Tank Ridge and through Bagnal Draw.
Southeast of Show Low in the White Mountains, the Timber Mesa Trail (#636) is a 6 mile mountain biking route that follows the top edge of the mesa and loops back along the Chimneys Fire Road. The trail on the top of the mesa is rocky.
Southeast of Sedona off Schnebly Hill, the newer Hangover Trail runs above the parallel Munds Wagon Trail through the locally known Cow Pies slickrock. The Hangover Trail is accessed off the upper eastern end of Schnebly Hill Road and flows westward. There are a few newer, informal trails that depart from the Hangover Trail and head north up into the redrock formations, but these are exceptionally challenging routes. The trail is intermittently marked by white painted blazes directly on the slickrock surface.