Summer is here. We hit 92 today in the valley today. The hottest day of the year. I had planned on heading to the Goldfields for a little more exploration, but following my routine bike inspection I found a knob torn off of my Larsen TT. I replaced it with a Crossmark and a slime tube, and then changed my mind about exploring the rugged Goldfields…I decided to hit something up a little shorter due to the time and the forecasted heat.
So in my head I was going through the short list of trails I still need to ride in the valley…Cave Creek, too far. BCT, way too far. Papago, to boring, South mountain? Hmmm I haven’t ridden Alta, Kiwanis, Ranger or Bajada…all too burly for my lunch ride. Then I remembered there are some loops on the north east end of SoMo, just north of the Pima lot. I had to bust out my Spring 2000 copy of Cosmic Ray’s Fat Tire Tales and Trails for the info. That guidebook literally kept me alive when I first moved to Arizona.
I have never considered the East Loop or anything in that corner of the park before…Cosmic Ray made it out to be easy, for beginners. So with an hour to kill, I headed out on the “easy” East Loop. I gotta tell you I was surprised to find such beautifully challenging singletrack flowing around the east side of the East Loop. Sure it was easy compared to most of South Mountain, but I found plenty of tech lines and drops throughout. I stayed on the main trail but was tempted to stray off onto the many, many spurs that spider off the loop. I not sure exactly what I rode, but I saw signs for East and West loops, and I rode out to the Beverly lot just for some extra spinning.
Another gem of a trail under my nose for years. I always passed it up to ride DC or National. I didn’t see one other biker out there this afternoon. I think I see a Beverly lot to Telegraph lot epic in the future… how about a Bev to Tele to National to Alta to Ranger to National to Holbert to 24th street to Mormon to Javelina to Beverly? Now that’s epic.