Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Phoenix Mtns trail 8 rock circles

I've been wanting to write about my experiences on trail 8, but I already have in a sense on fat tire Trail 8

Just copied my rides here and added photos.

I don't know who made the concentric circles, maybe it's a desert version of the crop circle. Anyway, I enjoyed it.

Stories of mechanicals and face plants are documented elsewhere and I don't care to relive.

I love how this trail can make you feel like it's in the middle of nowhere even though it's in the middle of the city. More isolated than 100. Starting from 40th street it's a long easy climb followed by one fun roll back down.

May 30, 09Rode early, climbed early to avoid the heat. When temps got hotter around 7 am, was rewarded with fun glide back down. Had to finish on the 'privative' portion.
Feb 20, 09Hot day today for Mtn biking. Talked to Ranger about becoming a park steward. Have application online for it but most don't get paid. Volunteer thing but they give you a bike. A lot of fire men do it. Mostly on South mountain rather than the phx mtns
Jan 01, 09s.t. 12: New shimano deore xt v-brakes work great. Rode solo. Think I may have found a way to the dreamy draw without going over the pass. Some lady's were talking about going through a valley.
Dec 27, 08suggested route 12: started at tatum on trail 100. Took first left up trail 8. Rode until first single track on right. Did not dab until came out of wash on this track. Rode across; took high trail up some more then down to trail 100. Took left on 100; then right (north) around mt on the fun tracks. Back up to 100; then back to tatum.
Dec 07, 08Took Amith to the 40th street and shea starting point for the first time. Got his bike in shape and is getting back in shape. Had a good time. Trail 8; some 100 and some of the lower no name fun trails. Could have gone all day.
Dec 07, 08Started 4oth st. climbed and climbed slight incline up the rocky trail. Then bombed straight down. That was a blast. Rode lesser used trails this time.
Nov 23, 08I do not know why this ride is not mentioned in any trail guide; but it is one of my favorite trails. Challenging enough; smooth enough; fast enough pretty enough. Looked like it was going to be hot but it was perfect. Between 2 and 4.
Nov 08, 08Tried the ride starting at the sqaw peak trail head. Mostly a hike a bike. Hit a rock and otb; face plant experience. Bike fell into cactus resulting in a flat. Brought patch kit; but didn't feel like finding hole. Next time will bring spare tubes.


  1. Where is that at must be new. I have never seen that before. Nice Blog you have here keep up the good work

  2. http://fat-tire.net/trailviewer/trailDetails.aspx?ID=59

    this link has the info. Nice map too.

    You can catch the trail straight off of the 40th st. parking lot.

  3. You entirely go with our expectation and the range of our information.

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