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Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ
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Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 25 2016
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking14.30 Miles 1,768 AEG
Mtn Biking14.30 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   4.33 mph
1,768 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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I had yet to ride the Diamondback, Phantom (newest trail) and the northern leg of Gila Monster so my plan was to make sure I hit them all sometime during the day and I managed to do just that.

I drove in from Peralta Road to point just west of Transition trail. I started the ride heading west along a road until connecting with Old Horse Trail and followed it all the way to the west end of the trails. From there I hit all the following: Cougar, 2GM, Gila Monster, Diamondback, K-Trail, TD, Transition, Old Horse, Phantom, Kikki, Old Horse, TD and back to start.

While riding Transition I met Darth Stiller and had the pleasure of meeting his family. Like me, they were enjoying the great hiking/biking weather as well. Great to see you again Chris!

Phantom was absolutely NASTY!!! :scared:
Fully SEVENTEEN wash crossings in one mile, at least half of which were VERY steep on both down and uphill side along with four straight drops of 4-6 feet, all of which I walked my bike around. I will never ride it again... At my age injuries take way too long to heal so I have no problem walking the gnarly stuff.

I was hoping to surpass my longest ride (24 miles) in the Gold Canyon Trail system but the Phantom Trail really took it our of me and had to settle for 10 miles less. At least I made it through the whole ride without any major incidents, and not one fall.
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