A fun but demanding, mixed (gravel + tarmac) ride near Phoenix.
The ride starts with some easy, really fun, single track through Usery Mountain Regional park, then a 4-mile paved transit to the start of the Bulldog Canyon — the highlight of the ride. Bulldog Canyon is a slightly descending jeep road with great desert scenery and far reaching views of the Superstition Mountains. The ride finishes up with a paved climb up to Usery pass, 700 feet over 3 miles – a local favorite of road riders.
The first half of Bulldog Canyon is very demanding, you will want 40 mm tires on your gravel bike and exceptional technical skills. Others will prefer a mountain bike. (Even with 40 mm tires, the dog bit me once!)
**Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 24 miles / 1800 ft gain
– Mixed route: 2 gravel sectors, 12 miles total. (4 miles long @ mile 1, 8 miles long @ mile 9)
– Location: Mesa, AZ
– Best ridden in: Spring, Fall or Winter
– Date Posted: November 2016
Advanced – due to the technical difficulty on the Bulldog Canyon jeep trail. Rutted, steep ups and downs, a 3 mile section of rocky terrain.
At the visitor center at Usery Mountain Regional park.
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