1 miles
397 ft
-503 ft
Avg time

Freedom (302/1a) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Phoenix Mountains Preserve
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #35167 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    10 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking

Challenging trail running directly behind Squaw Peak where you'll find many of the best DH segments in Dreamy Draw.

From the hard-to-get to saddle w/2 benches between Irregular Link and VOAZ, you'll have Upper Hairball down the West face of the mountain, and Upper Cheese Grater down the East face. Both are optional mostly HAB starting points to Cheese Grater and Hairball proper, and are VERY steep, rocky, loose and have some of tightest switchbacks you'll find anywhere. Beware of rocky wheel traps, sharp tire slashing rocks and oblivious hikers. Momentum and commitment are necessary.

Further down the mountain to the East, you'll find the tamer, but still super chunky, Lower Cheese Grater. Tons of hikers most weekends, so beware. Run it as a fast segment from the VOAZ saddle and go right at the junction, or HAB up Upper Cheese for a clinic in continuous tech.

On the West face, continue south on the very rocky and steep Hairball, which is usually started from the Irregular saddle for a faster run. Lots of drops, boulders and must-make moves for a clean run. High consequence for spills out here, but very rewarding. The few climbs in and out of the wash are rewarded with excellent rocky and steep downhill segments.

More Stats for Freedom (302/1a) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -106 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,642 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,103 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,749 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,643 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,574 ft
  • Distance down
    3,525 ft
  • Distance flat
    287 ft
  • Avg time
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on Mar 23, 2019
Avg: 2.9 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
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  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
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      Freedom (302/1a) Trail Reports

      Mar 23, 2019 @ 9:21am
      Mar 23, 2019
      Jun 20, 2018 @ 9:49am
      Jun 20, 2018
      This trail is a beast and earns every bit of it's double black diamond rating. Coming in from 1A and climbing up Irregular Link is a fast way to...
      Apr 6, 2018 @ 11:09am
      Apr 6, 2018
      This is not a very hike friendly trail. Starting from the Green Dot it's a hike a bike up. Steep, Rocky and loose. Once at the top you think you...
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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Tcaspy (Nov 24, 2017 at 12:40)
       This is a hiking trail. Unless you're looking for some dope hike-a-bike, avoid this trail.
      • + 0
      flag Dcrighton (Apr 20, 2018 at 7:23)
       Took Irregular Link up and the bottom half of this trail down. I road the whole way but went over my bars once. Lots of repetitive stair drops and large rocks to avoid. Super difficult even down. Don’t ride it unless you accidentally end up on the trail ????.
      • + 0
      flag jdmda9 (May 3, 2018 at 21:07)
       Hairball is a tough trail, but the stair steps in the first quarter of the trail are manageable if you commit. A few very sharp ups, and some high consequence exposure as you head toward the Notch. The chute above the Notch is very tough to find a line through, and setting up for the Notch is difficult without some repositioning. From there, lots of steep, loose downhill with a few moderate climbs on between. Solid run.
      • + 0
      flag Carlperrone (Mar 10, 2019 at 13:15)
       Took voaz to this yesterday and then irregular link today. Irregular is way less hiking If you start at the beginning of the trail (W to E) you’ll hike a bike till you get to the saddle that gives you the option to meet back up with irregular link - which you should take back down to 1A. If you have to try it like I did, just be very careful. There are lots of drops one after another, followed by sharp turns and nasty shelved uphills. There are probably people out there that can navigate, but I would guess there are not many that won’t need to hike numerous parts of the trail. I’m glad I tried it but I will never go back there again on wheels.
      • + 1
      flag bigjtmac (Mar 27, 2019 at 21:39)
       Freedom trail from Irregular Link is basically hike a bike up to the top then the downhill is rideable but very challenging. Intermediate riders should bring a pair of Depends if they ever find themselves on this trail and you better have all the personal protective gear if you want to ride this. If you are training for some black diamonds or double blacks for Sedona, this trail is a good preparation trail. Otherwise, just stay off this because it will really take alot out of you and then you can't ride the the other 6-7 more trails you were planning Smile

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      Not the flow you were looking for = Freedom...
      10:09 | 398 | Apr 18, 2018 , Phoenix
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