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    South Mountain Epic ride

    I need help stitching together a 5 hour South Mountain ride. Does anyone have a route going west from bees knees to San Juan and around? Don't mind some road time, if necessary. Thanks.

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    You wanna to talk to freeskier

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    chongoman, dgangi, and freeskier could hook you up for all the somo epic stuff...those dudes have ridden all over that rock.
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    Start at Pima Canyon, ride up road then up National. Take National all the way by Telegraph pass then head up by the rock house. After big push and you start to top out, take the left trail near the top of Natty after Telegraph pass and you will be on to Pyramid. Rock Pyramid's switchbacks down then scoot across by the ruins to get to Bees Knees or Gila (I like Gila better). Up and over will spit you into another valley. Keep heading west down valley. About 2/3 of the way down, look for very well ridden trail going gently up hill to the north. Do not take trail that goes radically uphill to the north! The gentle trail will lead you around the west nose of South mountain, will hook up with National, and then you can then hop onto Bajada. Take Bajada east, or you can take San Juan road east if you're feeling pooped. When Bajada hits the road at the Y, I'd scoot up the road all the way to Bueana Vista.. follow signs. Then fly down National. That little loop is probably about 30 miles and qualifies as an epic, especially in the summer. BTW, all those trails show up on Google maps!

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    I miss big rides. No way I could do that ride in this summer's humidity.

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    right, 5 hour "epic" south mountain ride in the Summer is not advisable,
    even best and experienced endurance riders I know keep it short there in this heat

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    My ears were ringing....

    Floxy, if you're looking for GPX files to play with for that area go to Ray's GPX Library, I've uploaded a ton of SoMo files there. Should have you covered. KK's route would qualify.
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    DurtGurl's route is a good one. Here's another idea.
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    Here's a route along the lines of what DurtGurl suggested. BTW I don't live in the house these files start at anymore so don't say hi or knock, just start at the Javalina Trailhead .
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    Thanks, all, will check the .gpx

    Did 5 hours last weekend but it was a lot of DC, some Beverly Canyon area and exploring around Gila, Bees. And on the bike at 5.

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