Length: 9 miles, C2C
Descriptors: Classic, Desert, Wide, In-n-Out of Washes, Mild Tech, Fast & Fun
Access: Pima Lot, Desert Foothills Lot
Options: Out-n-back, Secret Lollipop, Lower Corona, Warpaint, Bronco, Sidewinder, Goat, Helipad!
The skinny: It’s called classic for a reason. Desert Classic, known affectionately as DC by locals, is a great escape from the city. A beautiful trail tucked into the south side of South Mountain. Perfect for the summer late evening ride.
DC is a regular hike, bike and run for the masses. DC calls riders at all hours of the day; before work, during lunch, after work and into the lumen hours…
I’d been living in Phoenix more than seven years before I finally ventured out to Desert Classic at South Mountain. I’ve been riding South Mountain for years, but never opted to ride this Classic. From what I read it was the “easy trail” on SoMo and that’s all I knew about it.
Whether the trail is easy or not all depends on your fitness and skill. Yes, this trail is nothing compared to it’s big brothers National, Holbert, Alta, and Geronimo, but it’s still fun, fast and furious, and a singlespeeder’s hammerfest.
My favorite section of DC is the West end from the Desert Foothills lot. It’s more technical out West and closer to Helipad.
Here’s what you can expect out on DC… a great short video.