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    Ultra Easy, Valley Rides - The Enjoyment thread

    Hey all,
    I want to get my Dad, and a few others onto a few of the local trails.

    What are your recommendations for good (spring time) scenery, no technical challenge, suited for a competent street rider, and his friends, and most importantly appropriate to those who are at or pushing 70 years old.

    Loops would be preferred to out and back ... Any thoughts/recommendations ?

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    Pemberton

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    Sonoran. There are climbs, but no rocks.
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    Here's another vote for Pemberton...or more specifically the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Depending on fitness Pemberton as a whole might be a little more mileage than they may want to do for a first time. The nice thing is the connector trails in between (Bluff or Tonto Tank) that you can use to make it a shorter ride if need be.

    I would also agree with the Sonoran Preserve but there can be some pretty big climbs that might be a test for someone in their 70's....again it really depends on fitness.

    Although I haven't been out there since the new trails have gone up, the Pima & Dynamite area might be a good spot too.

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    Reach 11 trail wins the easiest award hands down... and it's free and conveniently located.

    It's flat and not one even remotely technical part on it what-so-ever

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    Don't forget the hundreds of miles of very easy dirt paths along the many canals in town.

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    Ultra Easy, Valley Rides - The Enjoyment thread

    My dad loved Belvins loop out at Usery. Plus, the plant life in that park/on that loop is something amazing.
    He loves the Eastern 6 miles of Desert Classic, and Pemberton too. But don't rule out usery!

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    Papago. Easy to get to, easy to ride and lots of great places for post ride lunch and cold bevs within a couple miles.
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    For scenery, try Pima & Dynamite, I hear they made some new, easy trails out there.

    New Trails out at Pima and Dynamite

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    Thanks guys ... Time to do some investigating of rides, and analyzing of riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CridgeMTBT View Post
    My dad loved Belvins loop out at Usery. Plus, the plant life in that park/on that loop is something amazing.
    He loves the Eastern 6 miles of Desert Classic, and Pemberton too. But don't rule out usery!
    Agreed. Blevins is a great trail, that would fit the bill. And this from an older rider.

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    Blevins ... Sounds good ... Besides these guys are on the East side !!!

    Thanks again, all.

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    Blevins is easy, and the park should have good flowers. Another vote for Reach 11 for super easy, you can go to the far end and get coffee or beers form the Circle K, tons of good eats on the east end near Scottsdale road. Maybe too easy for gentlemen, but i love it for kids too.

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    At Usery I like to link Blevins with Cat Peaks (small climb) and Moon rocks.

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    Thanks for this thread!! Just getting back on the bike after three months off due to shoulder surgery, and I need about a month of non-rocky, minimally jarring riding to ease my shoulder back into things. Deanna and I did Pemberton today, and really liked the new section of trail. Looks like Sonoran may be next on the list...any recommended routes? Thanks!
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    ^^^ That's part of why I posted he thread ... The gnar isn't for everyone

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    phoenix sonoran preserve has some awesome scenery right now. But some of the climbs require at least average fitness... Its not for someone who is "out of shape"

    Pima and Dynamite is awful for those who have never rode it... you WILL get lost... trust me on that one...
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    Ultra Easy, Valley Rides - The Enjoyment thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    phoenix sonoran preserve has some awesome scenery right now. But some of the climbs require at least average fitness... Its not for someone who is "out of shape"...
    Fitness isn't an issue for me; just need to baby the shoulder for a few weeks. Big climbs are OK, as long as they are technical.


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Fitness isn't an issue for me...

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    lolololol!



    Just stick to the stationary bike so you don't hurt yerself, eh? You are DONE, COOKED, OUT of the game!
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Fitness isn't an issue for me; just need to baby the shoulder for a few weeks. Big climbs are OK, as long as they are technical.


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    I am thinking you meant NOT technical...

    I did this same exact loop today
    Bike Ride Profile | Sonoran Preserve near Phoenix | Times and Records | Strava
    do that southern loop counterclockwise... the steep climb on that loop is SWEET... and the flowers on that climb are on fire...

    also on that southern loop, you can see an alternative trail section in there, You can do that loop with that northern section clockwise...

    Bottom line is that steep section is best done south to north...
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    Ultra Easy, Valley Rides - The Enjoyment thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    I am thinking you meant NOT technical...

    I did this same exact loop today
    Bike Ride Profile | Sonoran Preserve near Phoenix | Times and Records | Strava
    do that southern loop counterclockwise... the steep climb on that loop is SWEET... and the flowers on that climb are on fire...

    also on that southern loop, you can see an alternative trail section in there, You can do that loop with that northern section clockwise...

    Bottom line is that steep section is best done south to north...
    Oops!! Yep, NOT technical for sure!

    Thanks for the beta!!


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    Ultra Easy, Valley Rides - The Enjoyment thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    lolololol!



    Just stick to the stationary bike so you don't hurt yerself, eh? You are DONE, COOKED, OUT of the game!
    Just stick to the dishes, OK...?


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Oops!! Yep, NOT technical for sure!

    Thanks for the beta!!


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    correction -- I meant to say -- that steep climb is best done east to west.. not south to north
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Fitness isn't an issue for me; just need to baby the shoulder for a few weeks. Big climbs are OK, as long as they are technical.


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    Reach 11 bro. good hard spin with sand as your resistant, coffee at the far end. We hit Havana Cafe last night. There are ways to add miles, Yetisurly took me on a route once out to the Cave Creek damn then back in via some no-name trails off Tatum.

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