As I made my yearly trip down to Arizona this year, I decided that I wouldn’t repeat last years mistake of erasing all the shots.
Having a had some experience in the area, I was a bit more focused on checking out a few new trails and avoiding the ones I found to be a bit less entertaining.
Phoenix as a city has a ton of riding in the city and surrounding areas. There is quite a variety of riding in the area. The majority of the trails are for the pedal heads out there who enjoy fast single track that doesn’t have a ton of technical areas but a bunch of vert and long distances with great flow.
Simon loving the fast paced single track.
This is a great training ground for cross country and endurance racers that are looking for a spring training ground. They will have a blast on the fast flowey single track.
Although the Phoenix area has a lot of flow trails with big climbs there are areas that have some great fun tech areas from long to short.
I like to start my season off with the F.I.N.S are single track zone in the south west corner of the Phoenix area. This is a great area that is a spiderweb of trails that has a bit of everything, something for everyone. There are great tech climbs, fast flow, a short flow downhill section, some techy descents and more. You can do laps from 1.5km to exploring the whole area in roughly 26km. Its a great intro to desert riding that is great for the whole family.
I went over to the McDowell Regional park to go check out the Pemberton loop with a few buddies from Canmore, John Firth and Simon Donato after their recommendation of this fast flowey single track zone they checked out the day before. This is a super speedy zone that is best suited for a 29er hardtail.
Though there are some good little sections that shoot off the main loop that offer a bit more rugged terrain and some good vert to get the legs and lungs going. Though this isn’t my typical style of trail i had a blast with the flow and a great way to get some km under my belt to start the season.
An over view of Pemberton trail.
Next mission was off to Sedona, My style of riding, tech, rough and wicked views and descents.
A local dude l’iI ran into that was out for an afternoon rip on Highline with his pup.
The first objective was Slim Shady-Highline-baldwin-templeton-easybreezy, This is a sick loop that is a great mix of tech and flow with great sections of redrock.
Epic views in Sedona from Templeton trail, watch out for hoards of hikers if you hit this trail at prime hours.
The redrock sections of this trail can be interpreted any way your eyes can see it! There are endless options in this area to ride the slabs to create your own versions of the trail over and over.
With some of the most impressive views that Arizona has to offer.
One of the only shots I have on Hangover due o the lack of good places to perch my camera, though it gives you an idea of the exposure.. it gets nasty and more fun from here.
Next on the docket was Cowpies-Hangover-Munds wagon trail. A good warm up pedal of roughly 5 km to the trail head up the jeep road to get the legs going. Once onto Cowpies you start ascending some redrock and get in the groove for Hangover….
Hangover is Undoubtably one of the most exposed rides that there is out there. the whole trail has a risk of serious injury to bike and yourself. Super tech and full of fun, a trail that to be fully ridden and enjoyed to the fullest would have to be done twice. Though the first time will blow your mind.. I don’t recommend this trail to anyone but advanced riders that are of scared of heights. If those don’t describe you… Check this trail out, it ranks as one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden!!! To finish off the ride you hit munds wagon trail for a fun flowy descent to the parking lot.
I wanted to catch a bit more of Sedona before i had to take off so I checked out High on the Hog-Hogs heaven-Hogwash-broken arrow.
A bit more of a chill section that still offers some of classic Sedona but a bit less consequence and loads of flow. A must do if you come down this way.
A nice little climb section on High on the hog.
A bit of AZ wildlife.