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Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +95/146 ft
Total: 18 riders
 

Mountain Biking Holy Hill And Gila Monster

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#132 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#4078 in the world

The Holy Hill By-Pass Trail was the newest trail in the Gold Canyon system as of April 2012. The Gila monster trail was listed as still under construction earlier in the year but seemed complete when I rode it. So these were both very young trails when I rode them at the beginning of April in 2012. From the Cloudview parking lot take the only trail and turn right after about 30 feet on the single track that heads South. Follow it past the sign marking Cougar Trail until it meets a jeep road. Turn right here for a short ride then take the next left on a double track. This is the shortcut to the Old Horse trail. Just after the climb out of the wash look to the left for the start of the Holy Hill By-Pass trail. This nice 3/4 mile single track climbs the hill and then descends to meet up with the Vortex trail. Turn left and climb over the hill until you come to a
sign marking the Gila Monster trail. Gila Monster is really great challenging 2 mile intermediate single track with a few technical features which includes a curved wooden track placed right after a steeply bermed left hand turn. It ends at a jeep
road. Turn right here and follow the this road to the South. You can turn right at the intersection with the K trail and follow it to the Old Horse trail or take the jeep road to Old Horse. Either way you go you need to turn right and follow Old Horse West to the sign marked "Parking" on the right. This road will take you back to the start of Holy Hill By-Pass. Drop down into the wash and return the way you came to get back to the Cloudview parking lot and the end of a nice seven mile ride.

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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Mountain Bike Trails Near Gold Canyon, Arizona

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Intermediate | 4 mi

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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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