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    Anything at Gold Canyon for a couple noobs

    Looking for about an hour and a half to two hours of riding tomorrow morning. I'm an OK rider that needs to work on my fitness and my buddy I'm riding with tomorrow is really green. Is there enough noob friendly trail out there to be worth while. Or should we just stick to Usery or San Tan? What would be your favorite route? Thanks guys.

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    K Trail is rad. Walk if you're scared.
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    Nothing that arm guards and knee guards can't handle. Your buddy needs to be wearing protection.

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    How'd it go? I recommend the trailforks app, then you can ride anything green and try the blues.
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    Ended up being up really late and didn't go. I did find a route that someone suggested and cross-referenced it out Trail forks and will make it a point to get out there soon. Maybe I'll watch the forum a little closer for a while and see if a group ride that I can tag along on pops up.

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    I find Gold Canyon to be a site to behold in terms of biking. You can't beat the scenery. However, I find the trails pretty relaxed for a full suspension bike. Even K-Trail. It is not worth the 50 minute drive from my house in central Phoenix if you are tech junkie. If you like XC, though, it is a pretty great system. The scenery is so fantastic that sometimes I lost focus on the trail and would get caught in the wrong gear going up a hill or get caught up in a rock garden. It does make me want to explore further in Eastern Arizona.
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    I'll be back in AJ in mid Nov and would be pleased to guide anyone at GC.Beginner to un- fairly advanced(LGM/Quartz Ridge/Snowbird)
    email me if interested,
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    Cheers
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    Very comparable riding out at Hawes trail system which is close to Usery. Hawes not as remote and pretty difficult to get lost. Some short/moderate tech but nothing you can't just walk. If you can handle Hawes you will be able to handle anything that GC will throw at you.

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    Yeah, I ride Hawes. There's a couple hills I walk up and I walk parts of the mine trail. I feel more limited by my fitness level than anything else out there.

    TS, that would be really cool. I'll shoot you a message.

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    Agg; I'm always looking forward to turning riders on to GC.
    Now that Quartz Ridge is in good shape, it offers some good skill level tests.
    We've got great ridin in Phx area. GC, SoMo and Hawes are my favs.
    cheers.
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    Gold Canyon was awesome, scenery was great. And yes, K-Trail!

    Chilis, Madreptilian, and I caught up with the developer of that trail during one of our rides. Super fun.
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    Hope you checked out the new Phantom trail while you were there. Definitely more tech. And the short Where Ya Fromme option is now open. Some good rocks.

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