South Mountain Park / National Trail

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14.0
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↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 3,800 ft
1,066
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About this trail
National trail can be acended or decended. Both require expert skills and fitness. You cannot and will not find a climb this technical, challenging and fun in AZ. It will kick your ass and youll love every turn of the peddle. You can ride this trail 365 but, beware of mid afternoon temps in the summer, "theres birds that will pick your bones clean."
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: What is the best mtb for this type of trail? -Guest

A: I rented a 5 inch Giant Trance with a dropper post and it worked fine, if I had a choice I would bring a 6 inch bike, however the dropper post was a must, it was a continuous up and down trail.

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Reviews (24)
 

Granny Gear

November 28, 2017
RCakman Granny Gear  
 
Review: National Trail is a very challenging ride with an abundance of obstacles and very narrow sections to snake through. The descent will most definitely test your riding skills and upper body strength but it will also leave you grinning for days and wanting for more. It was more fun than riding in Sedona. Add this one to your bucket list for sure.

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Gramcounter

August 5, 2017
 
Review: Lots of gnar! Get's busy with hikers though.

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Gramcounter

May 7, 2017
 
Review: Difficult trail but fun. Make sure you bring plenty of water my friend and I ran out of water with 6 miles to go.

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Granny Gear

August 29, 2016
Balztj Granny Gear  
 
Review: Spent the summer learning to mountain bike here. Very unforgiving but I learned quickly. I really hope to get back out here now that I know what I'm doing. This is still the best place I have ridden now that I have hit a dozen or so other trails.

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July 16, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: This is the best trail in the state IMO. I wont add any verbage regarding the technical nature of the trail. I will say that trying to ride up lower National just is not fun IMO so I recommend taking the climb up Mormon Trail to where it eventually merges with National. Then on your way back down ride lower National instead of Mormon.

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Gnarly


April 28, 2016
 
Review: Very difficult riding in areas. I made it through 6 miles of riding and was glad I had to be somewhere. This trail will challenge most riders heart rate, climbing skills and technical skills. i am so glad that I was on 3" tires for this challenging terrain. Loved it though!

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Granny Gear

April 14, 2016
Eric Fuge Granny Gear  
 
Review: I loved this trail, if you like rock gardens you will too, very techy in some areas, up and down, it had some short but difficult climbs due to rocks and it got my heart rate up, but after completing the entire trail I still had some energy in reserve.

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Gramcounter

October 26, 2015
RyanFPrice Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail will test your ability to carry speed over uneven terrain. There are a lot of line options whether climbing or descending. The climbs are short and punchy but not sustained. With enough skill everything here is ride-able, but unforgiving. Wear Pads and if your going to fall, don't aim for anything green. This trail is a favorite of mine, but dont expect to nail it on your first run. This trail is amazing...ly unforgiving.

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Gramcounter

August 19, 2015
 
Review: Very fun, very technical, very rocky. As for riding it 365... it is frequently in the hundred-and-teens in the Summer. I suppose there may be one or two who would night ride with headlamps when it cools down to the mid 90s.

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Granny Gear

December 27, 2014
aaen Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail is a blast. Descended from the Lookout BVP (think that is what it was called). I'm really missing my dropper post though, few points on the trail where I wasn't far enough back on the bike and the front wheel stalled out, which lead to some oh shit moments. Just need to readjust back to no dropper post:( and skill instead of using equipment. Overall the trail is very rideable for someone with intermediate to advance skills, there are a few spots on the trail that will test even the best riders (waterfall area) and one or two others that if you don't follow the correct line you will go ass over tea kettle. Highly suggest if you have never ridden the area to walk to more technical and rock garden areas to determine the best line. I'll be riding this again before I leave the PHX area and start my commute back to the great white north.

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South Mountain Park / National Trail MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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