April 28, 2013
Fun for different levels! Several start point options for this trail system, which runs south of Carefree Highway between about 19th Ave and 12th St. 7th Av/Carefree Hwy is most common parking spot and gives you several trail choices. Central Ave is another starting place (park at either the church along CF Hwy, or near the end of Central, south of CF Hwy). Trail starts at south end of Central. The trails are 99% smooth dirt, with some climbs that'll test your cardio... (these steeps are east of Central). The good thing? The trails all loop back, so there are many options for you. And you can go anywhere from a few miles to upwards of 15-20 miles. The trails west of Central are mostly beginner/intermediate, nothing technical. Steel markers every .25 mi. If you want a break, head south. The trail has several places where it dumps onto the new Paseo Pathway, a 12 ft wide concrete sidewalk with occasional shade stops. The sidewalk runs east-west, and takes you all the way to Cave Creek Rd.