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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +584/ -592 ft
Total: 152 riders

Mountain Biking Sonoran Trail

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#38 of 408 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#971 in the world

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.

First added by mtbdennis on Nov 8, 2011. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I17: Jomax Road, Exit 219, and turn east onto Jomax. At the first
traffic light turn left onto Norterra Parkway. Drive 1.3 miles to a "T"
intersection with a stop sign. Turn right onto N North Valley Parkway. Go
about .2 miles and turn left onto Copperhead Trail, then left again in .1
miles onto Melvern Trail. Go another .2 miles and turn right onto Desert
Vista Trail. Follow this through the gate to the park and to the trailhead.
The parking lot is at the end. This trailhead area is between the Fireside
development and the hills.
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  • chuckpelley

    A great system of singletrack of varying abilities. You can choose different lengths and climbing areas. Peppy and fun.

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  • bnordo

    Fun trail with some opportunity to get a good workout in. Nothing too technical and a couple fun long and easy downhill sections.

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  • JohnpKelly

    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.

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  • nedmario

    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.

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  • *****

    Love the down hill sections! Some if the up hills are gnarly, I had to push in some sections.

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  • turkbessie

    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.

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  • ibejammin

    This trail is actually in a city park. Directions get you close but not to the parking area.

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  • ****

    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!!

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  • magicmargic

    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.

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  • mtbdennis

    Some challenging climbing (for me anyway) at the beginning and end, but fight through it because the downhill reward is a blast!

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