4 miles
Distance
451 ft
Climb
-558 ft
Descent
00:56:27
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Malpais Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Malpais Details

  • Riding Area
    Santan
    Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Sandy
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #44563 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Beware!! Most of this trail is in a deep sandy wash!! Bring your fatbike or ride it a day after a rain storm.

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More Stats for Malpais bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -107 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,714 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,939 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,837 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,730 ft
  • Grade
    -0.479%
  • Grade max
    -21.431%
  • Grade min
    19.201%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,437 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:27
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Status:
on Dec 17, 2018
Dry
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)

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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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Malpais Trail Reports

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      Dec 17, 2018 @ 10:45am
      Dec 17, 2018
      This is not a Black Diamond trail. It feels like at least half of it is in a deep sandy wash. I would skip this trail and ride all the others in...
      Oct 29, 2018 @ 11:23am
      Oct 29, 2018
      The trail is in good condition, it's just primarily sand.... The ride is pretty, with some very good views. That being said, I never intend to do...
      Nov 7, 2017 @ 12:10pm
      Nov 7, 2017
      Fun, but.... about 1/3 of trail is deep sand which makes for a hard ride. As stated, have plus size tires
      May 29, 2017 @ 1:48pm
      May 29, 2017
      May 29, 2017 @ 7:32am
      May 29, 2017
      I did this trail more years ago than I can remember and never returned until today. Definitely don't go without fat tires. Super fun with the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 22 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 19 rides
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      Photos

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      6 |
      Jan 7, 2019 @ 2:08pm
      Jan 7, 2019
      Malpais, Queen Creek
      5 |
      Jan 7, 2019 @ 2:08pm
      Jan 7, 2019
      Malpais, Queen Creek
      46 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 1:48pm
      May 29, 2017
      Malpais, My City
      39 |
      May 29, 2017 @ 1:48pm
      May 29, 2017
      Malpais, My City

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