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great Gold Canyon

Time for the spring bloom and fruit in this Sonoran MTB paradise. The trail is swoopy crossing arroyos and outcroppings many times in the saguaro forest. Right below and in the rain shadow of the Superstitions, so greener desert. 2 hour drive. Most fun trail in Arizona. Camera suggested.

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  • Jessica B.

    BEST EVER

    2 · March 13, 2013

  • eric

    Thanks for sharing the gold canyon trail it was a fun place to ride!

    March 11, 2013

  • Erik L.

    These trails were great! Can't wait to ride them again. GPS track: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/283053914

    March 10, 2013

  • Alejandro G.

    Absolutely fun ride!

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Jim D.

    Really fun ride!! Nice to see everybody who came out.

    March 10, 2013

  • Jessica B.

    Best. Ride. Ever. Thank you Abe, Jim, Eric and everyone else!

    March 10, 2013

  • Kathy A. Zolo (.

    Peer pressure is a good thing:)....glad i decided to go...thx to Abe n Jim for leading the pack and getting us back to parking lot just shy of 4 hrs as planned

    March 10, 2013

  • Tom A.

    That was a nice ride. Very high on the fun meter!

    March 10, 2013

  • Abe

    beautiful, cool, sunny day. Many flowers: Lupine, poppies, bladderpod, desert chickory, red maids, mustards. Jojoba, chubarosa and wolfberry in bloom. Soil was sooo moist and tacky.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time out there today, amazing views.

    March 10, 2013

  • Kathy A. Zolo (.

    Ok...im on my way...gps says 17 min

    March 10, 2013

  • Kathy A. Zolo (.

    Call me a whimp...but if it was 62 right now instead of 42...id be there...:)...enjoy

    March 10, 2013

  • Tom A.

    Thanks for map Jim. I'll see you there.

    March 10, 2013

  • Tom A.

    I will probably just meet you guys at the trail head. It's down south kings ranch rd isn't it?

    March 9, 2013

    • Abe

      In Gold Canyon King Ranch Rd heads north. There are a few turns to the parking lot.

      March 9, 2013

    • Jim D.

      Check out the map above.

      March 10, 2013

  • Jim D.

    Directions to Cloudview trailhead from Rt 60 & S.Kings RanchRd: http://www.mapquest.com/?version=1.0&hk=5-nM00KAvn

    March 7, 2013

    • Nathan G

      Did you get a new car?

      March 9, 2013

    • Jim D.

      No, I'm riding with Erik.

      March 10, 2013

  • Jessica B.

    I will need to carpool tomorrow...who am I looking for at Himmel?

    March 9, 2013

  • Cassi

    Ugh, you guys. I'm not feel so well. I may even miss my race tomorrow that's how crappy I feel right now. My asthma has really been triggered by this cold I had and is lingering. Not sure if I'm going to make it. I may need a wkend to just sleep. Will keep you updated.

    March 8, 2013

    • Jessica B.

      bummer Cassi...feel better soon.

      March 9, 2013

    • Jim D.

      Yeah, I'm feeling like this might be the start of allergy season. Take care Cassi.

      March 9, 2013

  • Kathy A. Zolo (.

    Just drove into Ne mesa....drove by gold canyon turn off....its still raining here......will keep ya posted on weathr conditions...or not

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tomorrow is looking good according to Weather Channel. 74 and sunny

      March 9, 2013

    • Jim D.

      NWS report looks good, maybe 55 at 9am, but clear and sunny! http://forecast.weath...­

      1 · March 9, 2013

  • Kathy A. Zolo (.

    Im lookn at a trail map of area...Abe or Jim...are we planning on heading towards lost dutchman state park and back...or towards the lost goldmine and back?

    March 9, 2013

    • Jim D.

      Trail map: http://www.gilamonste...­ We're generally riding Lost Goldmine, Cougar, K Trail, Gila Monster, Tech Loop, Snowbird, Vortex, GMC, Holy Hill, not necessarily in that order.

      March 9, 2013

    • Jim D.

      .....and Diamondback!

      March 9, 2013

  • Kathy A. Zolo (.

    Maybe plan on bringing cold weather gear for an early morning start...hopefully the clouds,cold n moisture will break:)

    March 9, 2013

  • for john b.

    7:00am - I'm gonna try to be there, thanks!

    March 9, 2013

  • John

    Wish I could! Have to work. Damn work gets in the way of life!

    March 8, 2013

  • Grant

    Aloha, Will be in Tucson from 11 - 14 March. Will be looking to meet up and ride trails on the 11th. Was looking for a bike to use but now set up to rent from Fairwheel on the 11th. Look forward to hearing from someone willing to take me out on some trail riding. Looking for Intermediate single track. Not afraid of climbing and technical stuff. Thanks,
    g

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    skill level of the ride...is this ride 50 year trail-ish...sweetwater-ish, chive fall-ish or tucson mountain isn, 24 hour course isn? thanks for input.

    March 8, 2013

    • Abe

      Perhaps equal to Bug Springs, lots of moderate/indermediate tech spots.

      March 8, 2013

  • Kathy A. Zolo (.

    Abe or Jim,

    I am in Phx this weekend, and I might be able to join you all. Where exactly is the parking lot where we will be riding from, what time appr shud I meet ya there, and approx when should we be done riding?

    March 6, 2013

    • Alejandro G.

      This will be a playground for you Kathy ;)

      2 · March 7, 2013

    • Kathy A. Zolo (.

      I have to be there then, I can't remember if I've ridden there yet...

      2 · March 7, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Ah..so bummed that I have to work!!

    March 7, 2013

  • Cassi

    Ok so things changed a bit. Looks like I'll just meet you all at Himmel to car pool up. Appreciate the offers see you sunday!

    March 7, 2013

  • eric

    I want to go!

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so if i've followed this correctly, this sunday meeting at the chase bank across from Catalina state Park. Bring a camera. riding between 15-20 miles. Never been to the superstitions...how long of a drive?

    March 4, 2013

    • Abe

      1 1/2 hours from Catalina SP.

      March 4, 2013

    • Jim D.

      About an hour and a half from the Chase Bank site. This is past Florence, near the Renaissance Fair.

      March 5, 2013

  • Susan K.

    Would Krista like to ride with me. We ride about the same speed.

    March 5, 2013

    • Erik L.

      She isn't biking the trail she is running it.

      March 5, 2013

  • Cassi

    I'm going to try and come - meet you all up there. I have a race on Sat at Estrella. I need to somehow bring both of my bikes up...I so wanna use my new bike for this. I need a truck.

    March 4, 2013

    • Cassi

      Thanks guys. That's def an option. I'll have to drop it off on my way up to PHX Fri. What time do you have to work on Fri, Jim or Alex? Other option is, I may have to drive back Sat if I can't get a dog sitter. Then I could car pool w/you all up next day. I'll find out soon if I can and let you know. Thank you!

      March 5, 2013

    • Alejandro G.

      Friday I'm at the office till 3 pm, Irvington rd and Alvernon way area

      March 5, 2013

  • Nathan G

    Ill be driving up, one extra seat in my two seater.

    March 4, 2013

  • Jim D.

    For you those of you coming from Phoenix area:
    DIRECTIONS TO CLOUDVIEW TRAILHEAD: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Kings+Ranch+Road,+Gold+Canyon,,+AZ
    US 60 to Gold Canyon, turn left on Kings Ranch road.
    Follow Kings Ranch road about 3.5 miles to where you see the brown and white trailhead signs.
    Follow the trailhead signs and turn at intersections as indicated.
    If you pass any DEAD END sign, turn around, you have gone too far.

    March 4, 2013

  • Cassi

    Oh, what's the estimated time you'll get to the trailhead? If Jim or Alex could text me certain points, like when you leave and when you are on the outskirts of Chandler, that would be awesome.

    March 4, 2013

    • Jim D.

      I would plan for about 900 at the trailhead.

      March 4, 2013

  • Erik L.

    Not meeting at Himmel, will be at the Chase bank across from Catalina State Park. Jim and Alex, you welcome to ride up with us if you don't mind meeting us there.

    March 4, 2013

  • Erik L.

    Krista is coming with me but she will be running the trails.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Hillary M.

    Would rather do this than estrella.

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • Cassi

      This is Sunday though. We can go over there the next day since we'll be up there? hmmm.

      March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was wondering if someone has a open seat in there car? Heard some people talking about it at one the rides, sounds fun. Don't mind pitching in for gas.

    March 1, 2013

    • Abe

      We'll figure out carpooling at Himmel.

      March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be coming from Phoenix, sounds like fun. Would you want me to invite either of the two Mtn Bike Groups up here?

    February 27, 2013

    • Jim D.

      Sure, that would be great Chris. I expect we will get there between 830 & 900.

      1 · February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked] if you need anything

      February 28, 2013

  • Nathan G

    What kind of mileage/ ride time we talking about here?

    February 26, 2013

    • Abe

      About 25 miles of trails there, we'll do 15-20. 8-9 hour day.

      1 · February 27, 2013

  • Jim D.

    See comments and photos from Gold Canyon Trails, Dec. 10, 2012. Great ride!!

    February 24, 2013

    • Jessica B.

      are you going Jim?

      February 24, 2013

    • Jim D.

      Yes, I hope you can go on Sunday.

      February 26, 2013

  • Jim D.

    Can we move this ride to maybe Sunday? Forgot about trail work day in the Tortolitas on Sat. March 9.

    February 26, 2013

  • carlos

    I will be riding in sedona

    February 25, 2013

  • Jessica B.

    yes!

    February 24, 2013

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