Phoenix may be the largest city in the state, but it has a wealth
of trails in the surrounding hills. While most of the country is
still shivering, the Phoenix area is enjoying daytime temperatures
in the 70s and 80s until May (and then, watch out; it gets hot).
The South Mountain Desert Preserve has about 60 miles of
trails, and they can be lumped into two distinct categories. The
trails that run around the base of South Mountain are ideal for
trailbikes and cross-country bikes. These trails, like the Desert
Classic Trail, offer rolling singletrack that has a rhythm all its
own. They are great for riders of every skill level—from beginners on up. Once higher on the mountain, trails like National
and Geronimo turn more menacing, and require a long-travel
bike, aggressive tires and expert riding skills.
Beat the heat: Phoenix can be scorching hot in the
summer, but it’s great in the winter and early spring.
10 Great Spring Riding Destinations
Get ready for a road trip!
Many of you are already sick of win- ter, so it seems like the ideal time to start dreaming about and planning where you want to ride this spring. We
put together 10 spring riding destinations
that thaw out (or have never frozen) long
before much of America’s glorious singletrack has recovered from the winter’s
pounding. If you just can’t wait for spring to
arrive at a trail near you, one of these locations will get you back in the saddle early.