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    Favorite Flowing Downhill in Phoenix

    Hello all. I'm new to the area and was looking for some really long, flowy downhills. Not really the "downhillers' like full face helmets, pads, etc. But just some fun, long runs.

    So what is your favorite?

    Thank you. I'm looking forward to having my bike arrive from the movers...
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    Javelina on somo and the hawes system are pretty flowy and fun

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    Dropping off the west side of Pemberton, come down Tonto Tank or Bluff Trail. Bing ring fast and flowing. In case you don't know, these trails are at Mcdowell Park outside Fountain Hills.
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    Probably the climb up to Goat Camp in the White Tanks, IDK what the trails are called (Mesquite?), but it's a fairly constant pitch and would be a long constant DH. It is usually a bit busy though, maybe not so much in hell-fire season.
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    Where are you from? Probably not much in the way of truly "flowing" downhill in the Phx area; plenty of tech, rocks, etc., but most turns are flat

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BeerJoe View Post
    Dropping off the west side of Pemberton, come down Tonto Tank or Bluff Trail. Bing ring fast and flowing. In case you don't know, these trails are at Mcdowell Park outside Fountain Hills.
    A longer variation of Joe's route is Pemberton CW from trailhead to Dixie Mine, up Dixie Mine to top of Coachwhip where it intersects Windmill. From that intersection back down Coachwhip back to Pemberton, more CW Pemberton, then down Tonto Tank. The downhill Coachwhip section is what you are looking for. This map will help:

    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowe...l-11x17-3d.pdf

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    I'd say the Goat Camp XC descent, or the 6-Shooter descent. The Goat is closest to PHX....6-Shooter gets honorable mention for being close.

    Inside of PHX....I'd say Natty from the saddle as a classic.

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    I vote for the Antelope Creek section of the BCT from north to south - 5 miles of fun, not too technical but some exposure
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    nothing really flows in phx but there are some really fun flowy sections out at hawes, you just have to work for it

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    Coming down National there are quite a few flowy sections, and the rest of it is a bit tech, but still fun and rideable on any type of bike. I actually prefer to come down Natty on a lighter AM rig than a DH bike. They're faster and work better on the short climbs. Pedal up from the Pima trailhead (Guadalupe and 48th St.), ride to the saddle just before the Buena Vista parking lot, lower your seat and flow back down!

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    My vote is for Tom's Thumb descent in the McDowell Mountains...both sides are really flowy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    I'd say the Goat Camp XC descent, or the 6-Shooter descent. The Goat is closest to PHX....6-Shooter gets honorable mention for being close.
    I agree with Maad. If you ride up Mesquite Canyon and then a little further up Goat Camp and stop before you get to the towers the return trip I believe is like a 6+ mile hella fun, flowy descent. Definitely one of my favorite work/reward trails in the valley!
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    Hawes top to bottom if you shuttle is pretty much all flowy downhill
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    lesser known and much shorter, but sonoran preserve in north phoenixn has a hella fun downhill run on the western peak going west/nw. Fast, curvy, g-outs, vertical banks on outside of some turns and fun night descent with neighborhood lights below.

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    If you are new to AZ you need to adjust your defintiion of "Flowy". Coming from So Cal five years it took me a while to get use to one thing.....ROCKS! They are in all shape and sizes. Every trail has them. The good thing is you will becoming a better rider. Mostly because the price for failure..(falling)..hurts more out here. Welcome. Oh and to answer your question. BCT has some of the smoothest flowy stuff around.

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    "Phoenix Flowy"? Hawes top to bottom, several miles worth once you know the turns.

    Goat Camp climb to around the 10 or 11 mile mark and back down. I haven't done it but it's gotta be fast and fun.

    National down from the saddle. Techie flowy sort of but the tech is what you make of it. Can definitely get some speed going, just don't expect a non stop run down at 7am on a weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bituman View Post
    A longer variation of Joe's route is Pemberton CW from trailhead to Dixie Mine, up Dixie Mine to top of Coachwhip where it intersects Windmill. From that intersection back down Coachwhip back to Pemberton, more CW Pemberton, then down Tonto Tank. The downhill Coachwhip section is what you are looking for. This map will help:

    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowe...l-11x17-3d.pdf

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    I ride a 35lb freeride bike and the climb up out of the little gully out there was a real workout but totally do-able. I saw it from the intersection and thought, "that ought to be interesting"
    The "downhill" was a gas.
    I did not run Tonto Tank, I finished the Pemberton.
    This will be my new loop out there.
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    I really appreciate all the feedback here. I can't wait to get my bike, should be here in a few days...
    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    "Phoenix Flowy"? Hawes top to bottom, several miles worth once you know the turns.
    I've ridden out there 3 times now, and really like that system. What turns do you use for your "Phoenix Flowy"? Last Saturday I rode pretty much everything there, some of it several times, but stopped short of the drop down to the highway on Twisted Sister, I was getting tired by then and didn't want to climb back up.

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    double post, sorry
    Last edited by Stumpy29er; 08-08-2011 at 06:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveo View Post
    If you are new to AZ you need to adjust your defintiion of "Flowy".
    Well said. Anything that doesn't throw you off your bike is considered flowy here in AZ. You eventually get really good at picking "flowy" lines where there really aren't any.

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    Welcome to AZ BoomingSooner, I'm a former Sooner myself. I live next to the Hawes trail system, if you'd like a tour give me a shout. I can show you what you're looking for.
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    Payson gun range to Gisela! 15 miles and roughly 1800' of near constant d/h, a bit of climbing though. (got to go up to get down)

    Take the 87 from Phoenix to Payson, just a few miles before you get to the casino is a turn off on the right hand side to a gun range NF-375b(road name on Google map). You should have a friend pick you up in Gisela (or second car), or if your feeling dandy ride up the 3 mile long Gisela Road back to the 87 (which i did,your reward is a rad 2 mile decent on paved road) and you end up on the South side of Rye 10 miles south of Payson.

    Ive ridden it many times on a quad, and once on my GT force 1.0 - its a double wide trail along a steep canyon wall, with some awesome jumps about 3/4 of the way down. Its probaly the most fun ive ever had!

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    My favorite flowing downhill used to be in Estrella... Until the trails got closed.

    Granite basin in Prescott offers a pretty nice flowing downhill section after not too bad of a climb. Go when it's HOT, less hikers and horses.

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    Go to the top of Pemberton....

    Bluff to Granite down. VERY smooth, flowing, and fast. That's where I take beginners to turn them into addicts.

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