8.3 miles
Distance
1,001 ft
Climb
-997 ft
Descent
1,823 ft
High Point

Fun moderate route around Central South Mountain in Ahwautkee

Detailed Description
Corona de Helipad is a 8 mile popular intermediate route located near Phoenix Arizona. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,001 ft with a max elevation of 1,823 ft then descends -997 ft.
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19 Reviews & Comments

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Imoldgreg (Oct 1, 2022 at 18:58)
Basically from the start of DC Ray Con, braking off to Guadalupe, until it began its decent that was brutal for me. Steep as hell with big rocks on ascents, I had to walk sections of them. In the 85-90 d sun, exhausted and frustrated
….then came the descent. That was wild and fun (but i took a spill near the bottom.
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mbolitho (Feb 23, 2022 at 13:56)
Ride from west to east. It has some very steep parts on the west end of the trail and if you ride E to W it's pretty challenging. The terrain is loose so you won't have much traction on the uphills. Easy on the switchbacks, as others have said, very loose and potential to really screw up. Overall, it's not bad. Definitely not for beginners, one of the more difficult blues on South Mountain.
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Creamcorn1 (Apr 20, 2021 at 11:43)
Comparatively smoother than than most other trails. Steep uphills and downhills. I wouldn't recommend it to green riders, unless they have great lungs or an ebike. Some of the riders in the comments have dismissed the trail for various reasons. I'm willing to give it a chance. Curious to see what time and weather will do to it's ridability.
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alexmt13 (Apr 3, 2021 at 21:04)
This trail is ok. It’s nice to hop on to mix things up and not just ride the classic. However, I don’t think this trail was built with bikers in mind. This trail has some elevation but uses any of it in the most ineffective way. Any downhill section is fallowed by steep turns quickly after making the trail anything but fun. If you like me and you like to bomb down everything this trail isn’t for you. I think this trail was built to divert hiking traffic off of the desert classic. I hope the trail builders consider mountain bikers more as the continue to build the Guadalupe trail up the mountain.
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Flowdad (Mar 17, 2021 at 13:55)
Unnecessarily steep at parts. Loose at critical points so that you have to brake and lose all you speed. I prefer desert classic over the bypass.
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jcav5 (Mar 7, 2021 at 10:35)
This trail was a waste... it's boring for no other reason that the city chose lazy builders. Great path for grandma to walk on, don't bother riding it.

This should be a green, there is nothing difficult about it other than the lazy steep lines the builder chose.
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Rivervic72 (Feb 16, 2021 at 20:23)
This trail is boring
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PouyanFar (Dec 26, 2020 at 12:44)
This is called the Wild Hog Trail.
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Lucki13 (Dec 1, 2020 at 9:25)
On West end, the switchbacks are very dry and loose. At least 2 riders have been seriously injured and airlifted out. The trail is very rideable, just control your speed for your skill level.
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Cjsand1 (Sep 27, 2020 at 16:38)
This trail is amazing. Both directions are worth it.
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derekfransen (Sep 23, 2020 at 20:23)
Vote this name to be Grand Canyon trail and its nick name can be GC
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DustyCheeseGrater (Sep 21, 2020 at 11:47)
I did this trail East-West today. Smooth but loose dirt and steep grade towards the end easy to slide out. This bypasses one of the only technical portions of DC. Probably better W-E as advertised on trail forks.
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rylanharrison08 (Sep 20, 2020 at 9:48)
Amazing Trail! It’s brand new and it’s a flowy, rockless alternative to Goat Trail. Can get up to some pretty great speeds going down.
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Tonymosa (Mar 12, 2019 at 23:20)
Trail Helipad
My favorite section of my "Desert Classic" loop. Beautiful view from an incredible downhill run.
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Tonymosa (Mar 12, 2019 at 23:20)
Trail Helipad
My favorite section of my "Desert Classic" loop. Beautiful view from an incredible downhill run.
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outbackwack (Jan 30, 2019 at 21:36)
Trail Helipad
First time up Helipad... nice, well maintained tight singletrack up to the helipad with a few punchy climbs but pretty straightforward. Great views of the $1.8M homes below. We went down Goat instead of retracing our tracks. This trail, for me, was well worth the climb.
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outbackwack (Jan 30, 2019 at 21:36)
Trail Helipad
First time up Helipad... nice, well maintained tight singletrack up to the helipad with a few punchy climbs but pretty straightforward. Great views of the $1.8M homes below. We went down Goat instead of retracing our tracks. This trail, for me, was well worth the climb.
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Scooter1969 (Jan 14, 2017 at 11:48)
Trail Helipad
Great trail - rocky path with few hikers/joggers. Ride up was "fun".
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Scooter1969 (Jan 14, 2017 at 11:48)
Trail Helipad
Great trail - rocky path with few hikers/joggers. Ride up was "fun".
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    50
More Stats for Corona de Helipad mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,373 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,375 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,378 ft
  • Grade max
    -42.9%
  • Grade min
    34.8%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,833 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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