Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hohokam Trail - McKenzie Ranch

Today we decided to divide and conquer - Heather went for a trail hike on the Hohokam Trail and I rode the same trail to the McKenzie Ranch Trails to get in some off-road time on my Jones bike. A local had told me about this fairly new trail system but we got some additional insight to the trails from some folks from SOORTA (Self Organized Off Road Tandem Association) yesterday. So off we go...

The Hohokam Trail is an out and back trail that takes you from the west trail head at East Agua Verde Road and runs to the east 3.4 miles to the parking area for the McKenzie Ranch Trails (South Red Hill Ranch Road). Going west to east the trail predominately is uphill with nice views and has one really "fun" steep climb out of a wash within the first mile of this trail.

Arriving at the parking lot and trail head for McKenzie Ranch Trails you discover two primary loops designed for great riding and competition mountain bike racing. I chose to do both loops (north and south) to get in 10 miles. Very nice on a weekday as I had the whole trail to myself. Nothing technical on this trail system but plenty of ups and downs to keep the heart rate racing. The trail is designed for speed with some exceptional flow on the downhill sections.

The scenery along the trail of the surrounding mountains is exceptional - lots of birds along the trail too. I found riding here to be very therapeutic - lots of open space and beautiful scenery. Before I knew it I had completed the loops and was ready to find Heather on the way back down the Hohokam Trail.

I found Heather almost at the east end of Hohokam Trail. I continued back down to the west trail head to the truck - loaded up my bike and gear - then hiked about 3/4 mile back to her on the trail and finished the remaining hike together. I think she enjoyed hiking and birding at her own pace without me hurrying her down the trail today :)

We definitely want to come back here again - but we have so many more places to explore! (GPS track from the ride today)