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    Good beginner trails

    Possibly a beaten subject but any advice on decent beginner trails? Nothing too long, maybe under 5 miles?

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    I've heard Hawes trail isn't too gnarly. I'm planning on riding there as well. Here's a video someone posted.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfC54a_MxyM
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    Papago Park, Apache Wash to the east, Browns Ranch. All easy, all fun.
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    Thanks you guys

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    Hawes is not good for beginners. I'd stick to the trails cstem mentioned. Also check out http://www.trailforks.com/region/arizona/map/ any trail is green is easy.

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    Thanks bubbles, I mean chillis

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    Pemberton / McDowell Mtn Park is good too. Cstems suggestions hit exactly what your looking for.

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    Sweet thanks guys. I'll hit up papago tomorrow

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    Funny that Pemberton and brown's are always mentioned as easy yet I know of many good riders that crash there. There aren't a lot of tech features but the kitty litter on corners is treacherous.

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    I can crash in a parking lot.

    I agree with you though that the gravel-ish type trails at Brown's and Pemberton can be really slippery though. Just not as many sharp rocks to fall on I suppose.

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    I rode San Tan a lot when I began getting more serious about riding. It has some nice variation in the terrain out there. As someone else said, Trailforks is a great app to have on your phone when riding.
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    I would recommend the Blevins 3 mile loop at Usery Regional park in Mesa. It was a great starter trail. The loop takes you back to where you started so you don't have to worry about where you are going and it has a little mix of light downhills and climbs. Start in the clockwise direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crashtestdummee View Post
    I would recommend the Blevins 3 mile loop at Usery Regional park in Mesa. It was a great starter trail. The loop takes you back to where you started so you don't have to worry about where you are going and it has a little mix of light downhills and climbs. Start in the clockwise direction.

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    Thanks man. I've done the moon rock one once. My girlfriend likes to walk around there so we go there often. I'll check out blevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    Funny that Pemberton and brown's are always mentioned as easy yet I know of many good riders that crash there. There aren't a lot of tech features but the kitty litter on corners is treacherous.
    When you go too fast... I saw a guy break his collarbone on Rock Knob. He it the ONLY rock there and went over the bars. Places like that are all easy so you tend to ride faster and push deeper in the corners and that leads to crashes.
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    I've spent the last year mentoring my wife as she started riding recently....another subject for another time....Hawes is not really a good place to take a learner. In the same area however is Usery Park which is better for a beginner. Think wide trails and not singletrack. N side of Pemberton is another easy area.




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    If you are in the west valley, I'd say the White Tanks has a few that would work. The competitive loops are beginner friendly, as are most of the trails at the base of the mountain, such as Waddell trail, Ford canyon (section east of Waddell trail), etc. Mule Deer trail is a good trail to work on beginner climbing. Just avoid Mesquite and Goat Camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    If you are in the west valley, I'd say the White Tanks has a few that would work. The competitive loops are beginner friendly, as are most of the trails at the base of the mountain, such as Waddell trail, Ford canyon (section east of Waddell trail), etc. Mule Deer trail is a good trail to work on beginner climbing. Just avoid Mesquite and Goat Camp.
    Looks nice. Nowhere near me but no reason I can't make a day out of it with the future miss

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    What kind of bike are you riding? Hard tail or full suspension? 26, 27.5, or 29er?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crashtestdummee View Post
    What kind of bike are you riding? Hard tail or full suspension? 26, 27.5, or 29er?
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    Basic 29er hard tail can do a lot of trails. Practice doing the Blevins loop. Once you get confindent on it. You can step it up to some of the trails in Hawes system which are really fun! This is a great map of the Hawes system which is really fun.
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...7b84EbBQ&hl=en

    A lot of us are in Mesa so if you want to ride with some others just give a shout. I am a newer rider and just started riding Hawes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    When you go too fast... I saw a guy break his collarbone on Rock Knob. He it the ONLY rock there and went over the bars. Places like that are all easy so you tend to ride faster and push deeper in the corners and that leads to crashes.
    +1 about Mcdowell. Yeah be careful there. Crashed there twice. Last time, broke my hip washing out in a turn when I smashed my side into the ground during the Fat Tire 40 race.

    Usery and San Tan's pretty cool. Not too technical but still fun.

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    If you're getting comfortable riding Usery including Cat's Peak, I would say try Desert Classic out to the water tanks, San Tan mountain park from the main entrance, McDowell Mt Park MMP competitive loops.
    Not knowing where you've been riding, Hawes will most likely be a rude awakening for you if you're looking for beginner trails. It's not very technical but it will be a big step up in testing you're fitness and you'll probably feel beat down if you go very far past the trails along the houses or Power Rd IMHO.
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