21.0 miles
3,294 ft
-3,270 ft
2,429 ft
High Point

This is an expert course requiring high riding ability and high fitness especially because of Alta being in the loop. Hike a bike in sections can even the playing field for those not as skilled in technical sections but you will not be able to ride Alta entirely regardless of skillset. Nevertheless, great adventure route that's on the quieter end of South Mountain, less people to spoil your ride.

Detailed Description
Bursera Alta Kiwanis Loop is a 21 mile popular extreme route located near Phoenix Arizona. This mountain bike only route and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 16 trails. This route climbs 3,294 ft with a max elevation of 2,429 ft then descends -3,270 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Bursera Alta Kiwanis Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    7 hr 18 min
  • Altitude min
    1,247 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,333 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,358 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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MTB Alta Trail S. Mountain Phoenix
MTB Alta Trail S. Mountain Phoenix
trail: Alta
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Apr 7, 2022

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