1.4 miles
Distance
115 ft
Climb
-184 ft
Descent
00:18:59
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El Diablo South Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    McDowell Sonoran Preserve
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #2129 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #77355 in Trail Running
    • #26074 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

Very nice technical area added recently. Both the South and North are very fun if you enjoy going over, down and through some big rocks. Every extreme technical area has a nice bypass for riders not wanting the full monty. There are also other lines not seen on the first few passes.

There are some potential very tough uphill segments, but everything is walkable up and down and there is nothing that will jump out and surprise you with danger. If in doubt, get off, walk the section and look for your line. All in all, this is EXACTLY what this trail system needed.

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More Stats for El Diablo South multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -69 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,900 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,010 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,969 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,900 ft
  • Grade
    -0.949%
  • Grade max
    -14.541%
  • Grade min
    13.97%
  • Distance climb
    2,070 ft
  • Distance down
    3,631 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,580 ft
  • Avg time
    00:18:59
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:11
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on Dec 30, 2022
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Avg: 4.75 (11 votes)
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      El Diablo South Trail Reports

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      Dec 30, 2022 @ 10:28am
      Dec 30, 2022
      Clear and ridable. Has always been narrower than other Brown's trails, please help keep it that way.
      Oct 27, 2022 @ 1:42am
      Oct 27, 2022
      Over grown bushes and cactus
      Mar 12, 2021 @ 10:36am
      Mar 12, 2021
      Over my skill level. Fun with bypasses
      Jan 30, 2021 @ 6:36am
      Jan 30, 2021
      Dec 19, 2020 @ 7:54am
      Dec 19, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 6 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 336 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
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      • 2,852 rides
      • Last: Jan 29, 2023

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      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Ampfrog (Aug 23, 2021 at 2:10)
      Probably some of the largest features at Brown's (save east side of Brown's Mtn trail), but as many have said, still 'techy blue' by comparison to Prescott/Sedona/Flag trails (or even Trail 100 more locally).
      Super fun place to build tech skills and plenty of different lines in a single segment of the trail to try out and build confidence. Don't forget those uphill skills/line choice...
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      • + 1
      nermandersh (Dec 19, 2020 at 4:06)
      Rode south to north. Fun trail with some cool features, but definitely not worthy of a black diamond rating. I would say it's intermediate at best with only a few vaguely challenging spots which all have bypasses.
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      • + 0
      ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 18:03)
      I like to ride this from red to green, so north to south. Great section with some great boulder crawls to test your skills. I would recommend scoping lines before tackling some of the bigger hurdles since there are quite a few line choices. You will have cell service (Verizon, Sprint) in this area so you can double check the maps in case u get turned around. Also, the more technical sections can be bypassed if you do not feel comfortable tackling them and don’t want to HAB. Overall this is a great trail to improve your technical skills.
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      • + 2
      twowheeledwanderer (Feb 5, 2020 at 18:20)
      South to north does have better flow. The Diablo trails are in my top favorite trails in Phoenix for their rock rolls and engaging terrain. They're not very technical IMO, but fun nonetheless twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-phoenix-arizona
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      • + 0
      PB-Fingerz (Jan 13, 2020 at 21:40)
      I like to ride South to North. It flows better and I can ride down the technical features instead of climbing up them.
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      • + 1
      martman800 (Feb 13, 2019 at 11:39)
      I feel like this trail is a little over rated. It was fun, but more deserving of an intermediate designation.
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      • + 1
      Scooter1969 (Dec 19, 2016 at 22:37)
      accurate description
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      • + 2
      arathorn13 (Jun 6, 2016 at 8:40)
      Very fun technical stuff. Ride it south to north from the divide trail. The signage is confusing as hell so it takes some trial and error to find a route. The trail disappears altogether when it crosses the granite slabs. I had to get off my bike and study lines quite a bit, which is cool by me.
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