I also began to notice some other trails popping up on trailforks near the northern end of Bulldog. Of course this led to a few hours poking around the area using satellite imagery to concoct some semblance of a route. When it was all said and done, I had put together a nice 21 mile loop. Would it be any good? It was time to find out.
Summer in Phoenix means you should probably get up early for your desert adventures. I complied and found a dirt pullout off the Bush Hwy & Phon D Sutton rd.
|Faint, yet easy to follow trails.|
|I didn't come across this sign until near the end of the loop.|
|Different perspective of Red Mountain.|
|Very surprised to see a few of these on the trail.|
|Carsonite signs help navigate the way.|
The Twisted Sister runout led up to Wild Horse and out to the remnants of the NRA jumplines. The connector singletrack dumped me onto Usury Pass rd where I'd stay true to my old routes and continue up the pavement for a bit to the Pass Mtn. sidedoor wash trail. Shoot, I even passed a couple of roadies on the Usury climb. ;) I wasn't sure where the Maricopa spur trail tied in, but I assumed it was up on the Pass Mtn. trail. It was not. There was a well marked split about halfway up the sidedoor trail, but I continued all the way up to Pass Mtn. so I could take a break in the shade.
|Near the Pass Mtn. trail junction.|
|Looks good to me.|
|Obvious trail here!|
|The views were better up here.|
|I mostly paralleled that dirt road out in the flats.|
Sand!! Way too much sand. The trail dropped me into an unrideable wash, sure wish I was on a fatbike at that moment. I began pushing, walking and on a couple of rare instances I actually pedaled for a few pedal strokes.
|At least the equestrians like it!!|
The wash threw me a bone near the end: I was able to ride on a nice stretch of trail out to the Bush Hwy! There was a large sign at the dirt road junction and I peered back at it while crossing the entrance barrier. The Great Western Trail!! I should have known. Any time I've found myself on this 'trail' it's been fairly miserable. The GWT is more or less a jeep road route from Canada to Mexico. We have a running joke that it's called a 'trail' so the powers that be don't have to maintain it!!
|I can't really blame the sandy wash on the GWT...this time!|
The singletrack exploration began again at the far end of the Goldfield Rec site. This is where I saw the official wooden sign.
|A little over 2 miles back to my car.|
|Sandy in stretches, but plenty rideable.|