Desert Classic, South Mountain Park

South Mountain GPS tracks from Dave Wissenbach Desert Classic kmz file.  You must have Google Earth installed for this file to work. Desert Classic reviews on MTBR South Mountain TOPO by Dale Wiggens Desert Classic on YouTube

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It’s called classic for a reason. Desert Classic, known affectionately as DC by locals, is one trail with many faces. As in many faces on the trail. It 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 even at night.

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 the 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 a piece of cake, compared to National, but it’s still fun, fast and furious and a singlespeeder’s hammerfest.

The most traveled section of DC is the east end from the Pima lot. Bikers, hikers ride out as far as they have time, then turn around and head back. The full trail is about 9 miles long complete with spurs and other optional loops to really spice up the ride.

My favorite section of DC is the West end from the Desert Foothills lot. It’s more technical out West and closer to Helipad and Goat. Two of my favorite spurs.

Be prepared to practice trail etiquette out on Desert Classic, it gets crowded out there–especially after work before sunset.

Desert Classic elevation profile-East to West
Desert Classic elevation profile. Westbound from Pima to the Desert Foothills lot

And a shout out to Brazen Cycleworks for the cool video on YouTube.

South Mountain Trail Guide

Trails Nearby: Javelina, Mormon/National Loop

Desert Classic at South Mountain

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