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Hiking and Biking around Phoenix


tl;dr: While staying in Phoenix I've been hiking and biking in some of the local parks.

I did some hiking out at White Tank Mountain Regional Park. After that I decided I could hike anywhere. What I really wanted to do was bike. So I went to Performance Bicycle and purchased an inexpensive mountain bike. The next morning I brought it to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and made it about 300 yards before the front derailleur fell apart and locked up. I brought the bike back to the shop (a 30 minute drive to the other side of town) and learned that whoever assembled the bicycle didn't. So the mechanic fixed everything and gave it back to me. Back across town. I made it about 10 yards farther before the chain snagged and broke. Back across town. They blamed me. At the time I wasn't sure, because it had been years since I've been on a mountain bike, but I have since come to the conclusion that it in fact wasn't me. I left the bike overnight. (Back across town...) The next afternoon when I picked it up the front tire was flat. They were nice enough to slime it for me.

I decided I was tired of driving back across town, so I went to a closer park (Thunderbird Recreation Area) to re-re-test the bike. I wore myself out on a lot of rock climbing, but the bike held up. Finally.

Over the course of the week I visited the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and McDowell Mountain Regional Park. McDowell is my favorite so far. The trails there are smooth enough that you can actually look around while peddling. Technical riding may be challenging and all, but it is horrible for sight seeing.

BTW, I purchased a book called Fat Tire, which is purported to be the Arizona mountain biking guide. The book is horrible. First of all, there is no overview map. I guess if you're from Arizona, that's fine. Second of all, there is no index. I found a trail online, but I still can't figure out if the book has a description of that trail. Third of all, the quality of each trail seems to be determined by the likelihood of you killing yourself. The author seemingly would be happy biking through the ghettos of Chicago if it meant some challenging climbs and a lot of rocks.

driving into Phoenix

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

along the Ford Canyon Trail

looking down at Phoenix from the Mesquite Canyon Trail

look close for the meandering trail

Christmas at the Thunderbird Recreation Area

Trail 100 in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve

on the Pemberton Trail

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

along the Coachwhip Trail

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