Sonoran Trail

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4.38 out of 5
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added by mtbdennis Gramcounter on November 8, 2011
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The Sonora Trail is smooth, but hilly, and has a 10-12 mile loop course that is
well marked at intersections. This ride is suitable for many levels, but
beginners should have good cardio and/or be prepared to pace themselves
and take breaks if necessary.
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nedmario on February 21, 2014
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Review: Great trail for hard tail. smooth trail with no technical features but great climbing and fun flawy pump track like single track. A few out and back climbs off the main loop are challenging due to switch backs and steepness.

Similar Trail: pemberton at Mcdowell mtn

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motoman357 on January 21, 2014
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Review: Love the down hill sections! Some if the up hills are gnarly, I had to push in some sections.

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Guest on December 27, 2013
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Review: this was my first real mtn bike ride. Was riding a friends specialized rockhopper 29. started on the outside loop which was fairly easy. We ended up going up the steepest points which literally made me blow out a lung or two. had to take multiple stops as my heart rate was through the roof. once we go to the top the final downhill was a blast. since im so new to it i was riding the breaks most of the time on all the downhills but was still a blast. insane cardio and leg workout. my stomach was even killing me.

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turkbessie on April 28, 2013
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Review: 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.

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ibejammin on March 16, 2013
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Review: This trail is actually in a city park. Directions get you close but not to the parking area.

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tcipolla on March 25, 2012
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Review: I am a total beginner and I'm learning on these trails. I ride to the preserve, but if you drive & park at the parking area, the first stretch up Hawk's nest trail is a bear. I walk my bike up some sections. Dixie Mountain Loop is amazing fun. Highly recommend!!

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magicmargic on December 28, 2011
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Review: Good trail with lots of different paths. There are some step small hills and then a few long uphills that can be challenging but you can always take a different path to get around them. We do this trail often & so far haven't taken the same way. I think it is fun but have to push my self some days which is good. We are not by any means expert riders but take our time & enjoy the beauty around us also always nice people here.

Similar Trail: Elephant mountain

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mtbdennis on November 11, 2011
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Review: Some challenging climbing (for me anyway) at the beginning and end, but fight through it because the downhill reward is a blast! Just watch out for all the cholla cactus just off of the trail (I had several close calls).

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Sonoran Trail MTB Trail 4.38 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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Trail Features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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