First Time Down Corona de Loma

by Mike on February 3, 2009


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For only 1.5 miles of new trail, I sure made a long ride out of it… but it was so worth it. Corona de Loma is ultimate gnar. I will describe it as steep, exposed, sharp, big hunka hunka burning rocks, with drops. Fun as can be. I’m not ashamed to say I walked three spots. Solo riding does have its advantages….a good excuse to take it easy…

I threw on an out-n-back to Helipad to get some extra miles in, then DC baby all the way home. A great 3 hour lunch.

Here’s a video of Tisser and friends going down Corona. (Corona footage starts about 55 seconds in. The flat fast trail looks like DC)


1/18/09 – Corona De Loma from Tisser on Vimeo.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Justin February 4, 2009 at 7:40 am

It’s amazing how the steepness of the terrian doesnt transfer to video. The drop offs on the ridge on Loma are attention getters. Though the trail isnt really steep, the large loose rocks make this trail a grip-fest. Often it turned into a controlled slide and you arnt sliding on dirt, its almost all rock. It’s not a great/enjoyable trail but it beats going down Telegraph. Your right, the flat areas filmed are on DC east of the tank.

2 Paul Pastore January 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I first ran(jogged) Corona de Loma over 25 years ago. One week we ran it 5 times to prepare for Pike’s peak. Recently, we started to do it again. A great place to start is near the water tank on desert classic. To the top it’s apx 5 miles.(1300 -2200 elevation). If you go down the back side & up again you come to the Buena Vista parking lot. From there you can go west to the towers or east down National trail & circle back to desert classic & the water tank. This is one helluva grind jogging up.
It’s great in the winter,spring, & fall. In the summer bring plenty of water & a cell phone(reception is great at the top) for safety.

3 Monica January 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hi. I was wondering if you can tell me how to get to the Corona De Loma I & II trailheads? I live in Ahwatukee.

4 Mike January 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

The top of Corona Loma is off the Buena Vista lot up the road at South Mountain. Corona Loma ends where it intersects with Desert Classic. Foothills lot to desert classic west will take you to lower corona loma.

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