1 miles
397 ft
-503 ft
Avg time

Freedom (302/1a) Details

  • Riding Area
    Phoenix Mountains Preserve
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking

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.

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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 Jun 20, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 3.15 (8 votes)

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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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Freedom (302/1a) Trail Reports

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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Sep 22, 2018 @ 3:49pm
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Freedom (302/1a), Tempe
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Mar 3, 2018 @ 9:34am
Mar 3, 2018
Freedom (302/1a), Phoenix
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Mar 3, 2018 @ 9:34am
Mar 3, 2018
Freedom (302/1a), Phoenix
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Mar 3, 2018 @ 9:34am
Mar 3, 2018
Freedom (302/1a), Phoenix

3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
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.

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Not the flow you were looking for = Freedom...
10:09 | 125 | Apr 18, 2018 , Phoenix
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