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3 out of 5 Rider Rating 3
4 Reviews

South Mountain Summit Road

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By Jiva (5 McR Points) on Mar 11, 2014

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Jeremy1998
December 15, 2014
The Summit is closed until "at least February",…
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fairbanksdmt
6 McR Points
December 31, 2014
The road itself is in great condition and is very…
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Written Directions

Start at the corner of Central Ave and Baseline Rd in Phoenix and head south into the South Mountain park. Follow the road through the park to the summit of South Mountain and beyond to the Buena Vista lookout point.

Scenery

This is a spectacular ride right in the middle of downtown Phoenix. The road starts from south Central Ave and then follows a series of twisties as it climbs to the top of South Mountain. Once there, the view of the entire Phoenix Metro area is absolutely spectacular.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is filled with twisties. The speed limit is generally about 15-25 mph as it climbs 2000 ft to the top of the mountain.

Tourism Opportunities

The start of the road is in town, so there's tons of shops/gas there, but once you enter the park, it's just picnic tables and nature. At the top of the mountain is a lookout point, but no bathrooms.

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Jeremy1998
December 15, 2014
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
The Summit is closed until "at least February", so assume closer to March.
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fairbanksdmt
December 31, 2014
6 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
The road itself is in great condition and is very curvy and well maintained. The problem is the congestion on the road by groups of bicycle riders and keep an eye out for the many patrol cars. Also getting to the base of the mountain requires driving through the heart of Phoenix so beware of the traffic during rush hour as it can get pretty hairy at times.
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Awesimon
December 5, 2016
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Had a great time going up the mountain. I was actually surprised the park was free entry and totally expected to pay. The 20mph speed limits on the way up dampen things somewhat on the way up; or more, slows you down to enjoy the sweeping curves in a safe manner(!) the view from the top is glorious, and contains views of downtown Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe, and the entire Weat Valley. Downsides were 'lots' of wasps at the top, and a really, really slow driver from Cali. The ride down was actually much better. No traffic meant I was able to get a bit more speed up and enjoy the curves a bit more. Overall, short and sweet, and best enjoyed early in the morning, preferably with some company! :)
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