Phoenix Area Trailheads
For trial info and suggested rides, visit the MTBR Arizona Forum sticky Local Riding Advice
If you like epics, Chad Brown has chronicled the top 10 places to visit in AZ (on your bike of course). The pictures alone will make you want to get here.
A great thread popped up on MTBR asking all to rate the difficulty level of the trails in the valley. I think it’s a good place to get a feel for what to ride if you are visiting. Take note that this is MTBR posters collectively rating the trails. They (we) tend to give trails easy Green levels, when in fact a real beginner would think it tough. Case in point. If you are a beginner, do not go off and ride the Long Loop at the Estrellas… it may be Green but it’s long, remote, and has more than beginner sized rocks.
Rental Shop | nearby trails:
Global Bikes Rentals 1-866-91-BIKES | South Mountain (Awatukee)
REI Co-op Experiences (formerly AOA Adventures) | McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Cactus Bikes | South Mountain
Trailhead Bike Shop and Cafe
(They Rent Pivots!) | Phoenix Mountains Preserve and the famous Trail 100
Slippery Pig | McDowell Mountain Park