Casa Grande Mountain

4.22 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 900 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
There are easy trails by the starting point but they are not the main trail. It climbs the mountain side and heads south along the range. Jumping Cholla is a common plant here and the terrain is very sharp rock, padding suggested. No shade. The main loop is 13 miles but it has upper and lower parallel trails, the upper usually being more tech.
New trails are being built so the mileage and routes will increase.
added by abegoldDoubletrack
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (9)

Granny Gear

February 27, 2016
Review: This is a good trail for a novice-intermediate rider to develop some rock handling skills. If you come to this trail, you will develop some confidence in tackling rocks (especially on the down slopes). About 30 percent of the trail had loose sharp rock, grapefruit to cantelope sized, lumped together. I'm a fat old guy on a single speed, and this trail had me wishing for more gears because the rocks were momentum killers on the uphill, I "hiked" about 20% of the trail. Slime and puncture resistant tires are a must. I've got Maxxis Hookworms, which are not ideal for traction on this kind of trail, but are pretty much bullet proof. I expect the rocks here would be unkind to many a knobbie on an aggressive tire.

Granny Gear

February 11, 2016
Applegate Granny Gear  
Review: I rode this trail in Feb 2016 and found it to be what I had read about it. As a beginner it was a good challenge for me with a lot of rock gardens to ride. I think even advanced riders could enjoy this trail system. Just add speed. A lot of the trails had loose rock on them which added a level of caution to my speed selection as the price of a mistake could lead to a hard fall, not to mention the cactus which is abundant . I did find navigation a bit of a challenge as there are a lot of unmarked intersections which caused me to go off trail a few times.You wont get lost as observation of your general location is quite easy.Overall a good time and a great place to learn.

Granny Gear

December 26, 2014
k9wizard Granny Gear  
Review: Not too bad but pretty rocky, had a good time


April 29, 2014
Review: fun trail rocky with good climbs. Nothing to difficult. just rocky.


February 9, 2013
Review: Great singletrack trail system!


April 19, 2012
Review: The main trailhead off Arica Road at Exit 200 on I-10 is a great access point. Some trails are still not finished (as of April 2012) esp. on East Butte. Watch for rattlesnakes. Did a 10 mile loop on the Ridge Trail which is very nice and most of it is newly constructed. No shade and no water at the trailhead but a great bike park.

Similar Trail: Sweetwater Preserve in Tucson or San Tan Regional Park


January 9, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: This system has a new trail, the Ridge Trail which runs below the top ridge of the mountain on it's east side. There is also a new singletrack from the parking lot and new parking lot farther east down the dirt road paralleling I-8. The new trail is smoother and less tech than the older trails but climbs and descends many times in the loop giving it a fun flow. * Review edited New access from I-10. South from interstate on Sunland Gin and west on Arica to parking. Best tool for cholla cactus is a comb. 1/8/2012

Similar Trail: Sweetwater, South Mountain, Robles Pass

Granny Gear

May 17, 2011
dirtdriver Granny Gear  
Review: Very well designed single track off the beaten path. Tight and twisty with a few moderately technical sections to keep it interesting. Beautiful low desert mountain range with lots of Cholla cactus that is uncomfortably close to the trail in many spots. I have personal experience with being impaled by clumps of the stuff including some being flung into my backside from the trail. Bring tweezers, pliers etc., and wear some protective gear if you have any. Use sealant or slime tubes. Lots of sharp rock in sections of the trail, I lost three tires there last year due to sidewall cuts. With that said it is really not that bad as long as you keep your speed in check. Stay right on the trail for a sweet loop ride along the hillsides.

Similar Trail: Black Canyon City Trail Desert Classic National, Mormon, Javelina Hawes Go john Phoenix Mountain Preserve


March 3, 2011
Review: Usually ride here once or twice a year. Great trail system typical of the area, mostly intermediate with a few more interesting spots. Lots of cactus, large and small. All very sharp.

* Review edited 3/3/2011

Casa Grande Mountain MTB Trail 4.22 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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