Day 3 : Pima & Dynamite Mountain Bike Ride (Phoenix)

 
 
 
 
 

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
  

I had a great omelet with mushrooms, bacon and chiroza, with potatoes for my breakfast before heading out to one of my favourite riding locations in the Phoenix area Pima & Dynamite. I parked at the end of Alam school road and headed into the preserve.

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Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack video

Bail Out Trail Video - (16MB)

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

I started by heading along road 27 , and the headed west on the bail out trail, the trails around here are great fast and swoopy going up and down around big granite boulders.

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

I looped back up the roller coaster trail and on the way saw this cool raptor nest next to the trail.

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack video

Roller Coster Trail Video - (8MB)

At the end of the Roller coaster trail which goes up and down as the name suggests I headed back down the bailout trail and along trail 15 north

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Trail 15 is pretty cool with lots of big granite boulders and short sharp ups and downs , I just managed to stop in time when I saw this baby rattlesnake across the trail in front of me.

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack video

Trail 15 - Video (16 MB)

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack video

Heading towards cone MTN - Video (44MB)

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I then headed east around Cone Mountain and Slant Mountain, past browns ranch and towards Metate Rock.

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Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

I carried my bike up to Metate / Church rock, and had some food. Took the obligatory foot by indian grinding hole picture, and then got scared silly by a Huge swarm of bees which flew over head. Luckily for me they didn't fly through the rock where i was standing. It literally got dark as they went over and the noise the made was very loud.

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
From church rock I headed East along trail 24 which has a big up hill and then a great down hill section

Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack video

Trail 24 Video (28.9MB)

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack video

Heading south round Granite Mtn Video (6MB)

I then headed down south on trail 30 before heading along the cholla trail (33) around the south end of Granite Mtn and then headed North up towards trail 31. Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

My route planning didn't go so well when I was North of Granite Mtn, and I ended up bushwhacking through a couple of wash's until I found a ride able trail again, On the way I saw a fairly big snake in a bush, (see pic bottom left).

Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures
Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures Pima & Dyanmite mountain bike singletrack pictures

Once I got back onto some real trails I had a great ride back down trail 24, then 28 , 30 until I got back to the dirt road 27 heading back to my car. On the way I saw a big Hare.

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Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack map

My Bike computer said I'd ridden 27.2 miles , and apart from the bit where I got lost North of Granite Mtn, the trails had been superb. I just love the swoopey flowing trails in this area.

Camalback Mountain sunset views
Pima & Dynamite mountain bike singletrack ride profile

I finished riding at about 4.30pm and drove over to Performance bikes in Scottsdale to but some food and lube, then I did some grocery shopping at a Whole foods market before heading back to the resort. I dropped off my bike and groceries and then drove over to Camelback Mtn for a quick hike.

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Camalback Mountain sunset views

Unfortunately I'd left it too late to climb all the way to the top of the Mountain, as there were signs saying the park shut after dark. But I did manage to get quite a way up and take in the views before heading back to the car.

Camalback Mountain sunset views

On the way back to the resort I stopped off at a Safeway and bought some water and a tub on Ben & Jerry's which I scoffed on my veranda, before going for a swim in the empty pool.

Eating B&J

DAY 4