Sonoran Trail

4.40 out of 5
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↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (10)

Granny Gear

February 8, 2018
JohnpKelly Granny Gear  
Review: Nice trail with really only a few climbs. Some loose rock but not too difficult. I followed the orange trail markings until making the turn back towards the trail head when I picked up sidewinder trail which is substantially more difficult than the orange trail.

August 3, 2015
Review: Clockwise is hard, but counterclockwise is a killer. It's a great park to get the heart pumping and ride with friends.


February 21, 2014
nedmario Gramcounter  
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

Granny Gear

January 22, 2014
motoman357 Granny Gear  
Review: Love the down hill sections! Some if the up hills are gnarly, I had to push in some sections.

December 28, 2013
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.

Granny Gear

April 29, 2013
turkbessie Granny Gear  
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.

Granny Gear

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

Granny Gear

March 25, 2012
tcipolla Granny Gear  
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!!

Granny Gear

December 29, 2011
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


November 11, 2011
mtbdennis Gramcounter  
Review: Some challenging climbing (for me anyway) at the beginning and end, but fight through it because the downhill reward is a blast!

Sonoran Trail MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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