Guidebook

Crank Out Flowy Miles on Phoenix's Best XC Trails

Looking for miles and miles of non-technical singletrack? Phoenix has that in spades!

Greg Heil

Description

The mountain bike scene in the Phoenix Metro Area is as diverse as it is geographically dispersed. All around the outskirts of this sprawling metropolis you'll discover singletrack riding of all types, from flowy cross country trails to steep, technical test pieces. In this guidebook, we've rounded up some of the mellowest—yet most rewarding—singletrack trails for cross country mountain biking.

The cross country riding in the region is anchored by McDowell Mountain Park. This exceedingly popular mountain bike trail system is a hit with locals and visitors alike. The conveniently-located campground with easy access to miles and miles of singletrack in one of the warmest cities in the country creates the perfect recipe for a mid-winter training getaway!

While technically the Brown's Ranch trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve are located in a different regional park, you can still pedal there on singletrack from McDowell Mountain.

The Hawes Trail System is also located on this side of town, but even the far side of Phoenix is home to some delightful XC trails at FINS.

Finally, while South Mountain is best-known for its tech riding, you can score a lengthy cross country pedal on the Desert Classic Trail, or even get a beginner started on the bite-sized Corona Loop. The options truly are endless!

McDowell Mountain: Pemberton Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

McDowell Mountain: Pemberton Loop

21.5 km
252 m
252 m
One of the best cross country loops at McDowell Mountain Park.
Moderate
Private
McDowell Mountain: Escondido Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

McDowell Mountain: Escondido Loop

15.0 km
204 m
204 m
A beautiful beginner-friendly loop that sees much less traffic than the Pemberton Loop.
Moderate
Private
Brown's Ranch Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Brown's Ranch Loop

23.8 km
248 m
248 m
One of the most popular cross country loops in McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Moderate
Private
FINS XC Ride
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

FINS XC Ride

10.3 km
106 m
106 m
Mellow pedal on mountain bike-optimized singletrack.
Easy
Private
Hawes Trail System Primer
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Hawes Trail System Primer

13.4 km
341 m
341 m
A sleeper hit in the Phoenix Metro Area.
Difficult
Private
Desert Classic Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Desert Classic Trail

27.6 km
419 m
419 m
The easiest trail in the South Mountain Trail System makes for the perfect after work cross country ride.
Moderate
Private
The Corona Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

The Corona Loop

5.8 km
68 m
69 m
The perfect beginner mountain bike ride.
Easy
Private
Usery Mountain Park: Easy Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Usery Mountain Park: Easy Loop

18.0 km
143 m
143 m
A combination of smooth dirt singletrack and gravel paths creates a fun XC loop through Usery Mountain Park.
Easy
Private