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    Looking for a nice long trail to ride that is more XC and less techy...

    Hey everyone, I am a pretty big n00b when it comes to MTB'ing. I ride mostly road so I am pretty fit, just suck at/do not enjoy technical riding/features. I do enjoy MTB'ing for the intense workout it provides (no drafting, cannot really free wheel for distance, constantly peddling) and want to take a break from road riding and put some miles in on the MTB this weekend. I live around Tatum and Shea and was wondering if you guys knew any good trails some what nearby (in PHX metro) that I could spend at least 2 hours on, include some good climbs and is not techy or has very little tech. Thanks!

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    I would suggest Sonoran Preserve North.

    I will look for a GPS track from one of my rides out there and update this post with it when I have a few minutes...

    Edit: Found it quicker than I thought! This is a great ride lots plenty of climbing, great views, not a lot of traffic, and not a lot (if any) of rocks / tech sections. Not too far away from you (probably about a 20 minute drive).


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbdennis View Post
    Edit: Found it quicker than I thought! This is a great ride lots plenty of climbing, great views, not a lot of traffic, and not a lot (if any) of rocks / tech sections. Not too far away from you (probably about a 20 minute drive).
    Do you have the paid endomondo ? I don't remember it having so much useful info!
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    Nope, still using the free version. They recently made a few changes. I have been thinking about upgrading and paying just because I use it so much

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    Hmmm the free stats tempt me to go back, but I already run strava for the sake of ride logging... poo
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    Black canyon trail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by juggles View Post
    Hmmm the free stats tempt me to go back, but I already run strava for the sake of ride logging... poo
    I believe it supports importing/exporting GPS files, so you could try that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Black canyon trail?
    I was going to suggest that also, but I think Sonoran would be better for that they are looking for. Closer for this guy, and much smoother trails than most of the stuff at BCT. I know it is hard to not suggest BCT to anyone since there is so much to love about that trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbdennis View Post
    I would suggest Sonoran Preserve North.

    I will look for a GPS track from one of my rides out there and update this post with it when I have a few minutes...

    Edit: Found it quicker than I thought! This is a great ride lots plenty of climbing, great views, not a lot of traffic, and not a lot (if any) of rocks / tech sections. Not too far away from you (probably about a 20 minute drive).
    This looks great, thank you! I will probably hit this up Saturday!

    I too have heard many great things about BCT but I would rather wait and ride it with someone who knows the area, looks like a pretty beastly trail system!

    Haven't some new trails opened up at Pima and Dynamite? Thought I read somewhere that there is some new trail system up there. Has anyone here checked it out yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fureak View Post
    This looks great, thank you! I will probably hit this up Saturday!

    I too have heard many great things about BCT but I would rather wait and ride it with someone who knows the area, looks like a pretty beastly trail system!

    Haven't some new trails opened up at Pima and Dynamite? Thought I read somewhere that there is some new trail system up there. Has anyone here checked it out yet?
    Stay away from P & D for time being, it's a mess.

    North Sonoran Preserve and McDowell Mtn Park are your best bets.

    BCT is an intermediate ride, not for beginners - a lot of rock, exposures, river crossings and constant turning. There are few sketchy parts there too.

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    Start with sonoran. If you think it is too easy then try BCT. I ride both and like sonoran for the days when I want a smooth trail. BCT from emery henderson is not much exposure, but starts out rocky.
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    You couls also try the Maricopa Trail. Never ridden it, but looks interesting.

    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/Marico...ss-bw-8x11.pdf

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