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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +432/492 ft
Total: 49 riders
 

Mountain Biking Cloudview

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#46 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#1157 in the world

This parking area is used primarily for the very popular Hieroglyphs hiking trail and the Lost Goldmine hiking trail which connects with Peralta Road seven miles to the East. It is also the preferred access to the wonderful system of intermediate and advanced mountain bike trails built and maintained over the last several years by local riders and trail builders. The Lost Goldmine trail is a very technical mountain bike ride that connects with the fast and fun Cougar Trail and the tight and twisting K-Trail a bit farther East. From the K-Trail you can ride the very challenging Tech Trail or enjoy the climbs and descents offered by the Vortex Trail. Off of the Vortex Trail is the newly built Gila Monster Trail (still under construction in March of 2012). To the South, running roughly East-West is a double track trail called the Old Horse Trail. Off of this to the South are the Quartz Ridge Trail. Secret Trail is also accessed from Old Horse Trail and Snowbird Trail is off of Secret trail (if you can find them). Altogether there are almost twenty miles of challenging trails to explore in this system. Most trails are well marked at the trail junctions (accept for Secret Trail of course).

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the Phoenix area take Highway 60 East. Pass through Apache Junction and continue East to Gold Canyon. Turn North on Kings Ranch Road and follow it for about three miles to Baseline. Turn Right and simply follow the various signs directing you to the hiking trail parking lot at the end of Cloudview Drive.
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  • dhurdle
    Reviewing K-trail & Vortex:
    *****

    K Trail is one of the best in the state. And of course that's saying something. Don't tell too many folks about this trail network hidden gem! Enjoy

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  • abegold
    Reviewing Secret, Tech & K:
    *****

    Trail starts just south of the Superstition Mountains in a saguaro forest. Classic Sonoran desert with edible wolfberries and hackberries. Storms stack up against the mountain making for a wetter area. Great spring wildflower area. K-Trail down hill is one of the most fun trials in the state, many u shaped arroyo crossings and drops.

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  • dhurdle
    *****

    Outstanding trail system. Clearly not as well known as others in greater Phx ie a "hidden gem" still. Often twisty and tight with spiky things very close (seriously, watch out for CHOLLA). Lost Goldmine has a few hard Techy steep (but short) ups. Scenery top-notch (ok, not Sedona but damn good...). Go but don't tell too many people :)

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  • Darryl Iblings
    **

    Poorly marked. I would say 50% of trail is too difficult for the average mountain biker. Much more difficult than other trails in the area.

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  • Michael Dunworth
    Reviewing K-trail & Vortex:
    **

    Last time I was out there the trails were ridable, but now its very loose with large rocks that will knock you off your line, cactus this time a year (spring) are everywhere and its super hard not too get one in your tire, as I rode today march 4th 2017 the trail markers are no where too be found unless you go in the way back where you find your self on another trail I started out on cloudview because it was easy, then I found my self on k trail then gila and when I went far south I was on diamondback ...
    Wish there was more markers because you can find yourself lost quickly as there is no phone service out there. It was enjoyable however you plan on going out there please bring twice as much water as you think because when you think your heading back it takes you for a loop and your heading further into the desert

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  • rsrtkd-mtbr
    ****

    I've been wanting to try these trails out for awhile but was worried about how busy the parking would be. I went after work today and there were two cars in the parking lot and I didn't see anyone on the trails. It was great riding. Everything was rideable but there were some semi-technical stuff but it was fun and the desert views were great. Definitely going back soon.

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  • solepod
    Reviewing K-trail & Vortex:
    ****

    Fun connecting trails that link with other gold canyon area trails. Lots of Cactus and thorns so make sure you have extra tubes. Beautiful setting and perfect place for a morning ride. Not too crowded.

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  • Mad Reptilian
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    I like the wilderness of this trail, far removed as you take K-Trail loop. Their isn't much downhill, but still plenty of fun and challenging obstacles throughout. Some sections can be a rocky and tight growth abounds on the trail.

    This past Sunday, I rode up fast on a full-grown steer. He spooked me being so large, but fortunately he did not charge.

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  • Michael Dunworth
    *****

    So upon arriving at the parking lot, its clean and people are friendly as for as i know they have the entrances at couger (right) And hieroglyphs (left) the hiero is immediately rock gardens so i would advanced, but why im here i see the bridges in the picture can someone tell me where the f it is????

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  • John Fisch
    ****

    Great trails! Not my favorite in the Gold Canyon system, but excellent nonetheless, which speaks highly of the system as a whole. You really can't go wrong in this network!

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Secret, Tech & K:
    *****

    I love K--it's kind of the heart of the trail system, but it's Tech that really makes me want to come back. I could hit those obstacles over and over again and never tire of it

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing K-trail & Vortex:
    *****

    Huge fun! Some of the arroyo exits are steep and a few have obstacles thrown in for good measure. Think Kessel Run on steroids.

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  • John Fisch
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    Holy Hill may have you saying "Holy (something else) if you climb it from south to north--it's a pretty tough grade, but rideable and rewarding. Gila Monster is just plain mildly technical fun.

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  • John Fisch
    *****

    This system has just about everything going for it. It has tremendous variety of terrain, trails ranging from fast and flowy to low speed technical fests and everything in between. All of this is set against the amazing backdrop of the Superstition Wilderness. I think I could ride this network daily for years and never tire of it.

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  • abegold
    Reviewing Secret, Tech & K:
    *****

    Riding down hill on K-Trail and Cougar is more fun than uphill. Lost Goldmine is rough and multi use. Cougar isn't yet marked from the north end of the trail. Awesome system.

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  • abegold
    Reviewing K-trail & Vortex:
    *****

    This trail may be the most fun trail in the state. It crosses arroyos 90 degrees from the slope often making for a swoopy ride. Many drops and whoops. Beautiful desert scene with the Superstitions just feet away to the north. Best ridden in winter or early spring when it blooms. This trail is in a Saguaro cactus forest. Other plants include mesquite trees, palo verde, acacia, tasty wolfberries, cholla, prickly pear cactus, creosote, hackberries and most numerous salt bush.
    Many trails, something for everyone.
    Most trails are MTB trails. Quartz Ridge and Lost Gold Mine are multi use. K-Trail and Cougar and more fun than multi use Cloudview. Can bloom very well in early spring as rain is enhanced by the mountains.

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  • abegold
    *****

    System is lots of fun with numerous swoopy arroyo crossings in the hills just feet from the wilderness boundary of the scenic Superstition Mountains. Avoid in summer this may be the most fun network in the state. Over 20 miles of trail. Most of these trails are low to intermediate tech with a few tougher spots. Beautiful Sonoran Desert trail, Saguaro forest. Lost Gold Mine and Quartz Ridge are multi use the rest are MTB trails.

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