Day 3 - Pima & Dynamite ride

Pima & Dynamite trails, McDowell Sonoran Preserve - Mountain Bike Ride (Phoenix, Arizona)

 
 
 
 
 
  
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La Quinta Views - Click to Enlarge I woke up to another great sunny day, made myself waffles with maple syrup and bananas before heading off to my favorite place to ride in the Phoenix area Pima & Dynamite. La Quinta Views - Click to Enlarge
I parked up at the end of Alma school road and rode into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. To get to the singletrack you ride along an old dirt road. Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge

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Its Steeper than it looks Video (11 MB)

I started the ride by heading west past Slant mountain and along the roller coast trail - which lives up to its name fast singletrack with lots of little ups and downs.

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Singletrack & Cone Mountain Video (25 MB)

I then headed north round cone mountain, the trail is great here as it winds through huge granite boulders , with quite a few short steep ups and downs.

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Video (15 MB)

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Pima Singletrack Video (11 MB)

I then took another fun trail which headed east back towards Slant mountain Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge
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Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge The desert was much greener than when I'd been here before, with lots of flowers in Bloom, I was too early for the Saguaro cactus flowers though. Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge
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Eventually I came to a dirt road that goes through browns ranch area , which I headed along, I then headed north until I arrived at Church rocks

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View from Church rocks

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Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge I stashed my bike at the trail side and hiked up to Church Rocks, where I sat in the shade and eat my melted power bars. Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge
Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge On the floor of Church rocks you could see where ancient indians had ground their floor in the rocks. Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge
After finishing munching I rode North and then cut back south heading up Cholla mountain the climb was more eroded that the lat time I had visited but I still managed to clear it.

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Singletrack heading towards Cholla Mtn

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Fast Singletrack Video (26 MB)

From the top I headed down a great trail towards Granite mountain, very fast and swoopy Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge
I then headed around the north side of granite mountain, the trail was following a sandy wash and was quite tough, so when I saw a trail heading up the slopes of Granite mountain I took it - which lead to at least 30 minutes of hike a bike as the trail went steeply up the hill and eventually became unrideable. I finally emerged on the east side of the mountain and got back onto a fun trail which had huge cactus on either side. The Trail started to head back west. Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge

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Video (13 MB)

This trail was good lots of big cactus, and short ups and downs, eventually it headed past Mushroom rock and back towards Cholla Mountain along trail 30, where I back tracked on a trail I had ridden down previously.

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Slant Mountain in distance

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Video (25MB)

I then headed back south and west around cholla mountain, along another great section of singletrack.

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View of Granite Mountain

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As it was getting quite hot now I stopped in shaded spot for a while, and took in the desert scenery - there were loads of small birds twittering in the vegetation, and lots of insects (non-biting). Before I continued riding back towards Slant Mountain.

Pima & Dynamite Singletrack - Click to Enlarge Back at the start of the ride I retraced part of the ride I had already done before heading back towards Alma School riding along some great singletrack.

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View of Cone Mountain

 

Even though the riding was great I had run out of water so I decided to call it a day and headed back to my SUV. After a day of fantastic fun smooth riding.

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End of Alma School Road

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Pima & Dynamite Map

Here is the route I took which an excellent route apart from the hike a bike I did around the NE corner of Granite mountain - if you ride this route stick to the wash don't be tempted to sneak off up small singletrack trails 8-)

 

On the way back to my Hotel I stopped off at a Baja Fresh at N.Frank Lloyd Wright, and stuffed my self with loads of great cheap mexican food. Before heading back to the Hotel where I had a swim and used the Hot Tub before crashing out for the night.

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Day 4