South Mountain road reopening pushed back to late February

One of Phoenix’s favorite cycling locations – South Mountain – suffered significant storm damage this summer to its trails and roads, so much so that the park’s rangers and city workers had to push its reopening to late

South Mountain Road damageFebruary.

City of Phoenix park ranger Allyson Pacini told Clipped In in an email that the road to the summit and San Juan Road will reopen on Feb. 20, almost a month after originally planned.

The largest municipal park in the nation, South Mountain is home to epic mountain biking trails and a summit road climb all within a short drive from the Phoenix metro area.

Phoenix street transportation directors shut down the roads due to road shoulder damage between the one-mile gate and the San Juan Road gate as well as the absence of a shoulder along sections of the road.

Re-construction involved a road repair team with dump trucks to haul material up the roads.

Many mountain biking trails were damaged, and Pancini said the park is in need of volunteers to help with mountain biking trail repairs for these projects and dates:

Mondays: Desert Classic trail repairs afternoons, 3 p.m. until dark, location to be determined

Wednesdays: 7 a.m.-11 a.m. on Jan. 28

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Contact or RSVP: Allyson Pacini, Park Ranger,, 602-262-7393


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Sarah Muench