Trail 100 is a hidden gem for riders who want to experience everything in a single trail. It has climbs, descents, technical sections that will have your heart thumping, and even relaxed straights to cruise along looking at the horizon. You can even watch the sunset while you ride the trail. It’s worth noting, however, that despite being marked as difficult, most parts will suit intermediate-level riders fairly well. However, there are some sections where you’ll need good brakes to get through. There is also very little shade, and you’ll be exposed for most of the ride.
You can leave your car in one of two places: the Tatum Trailhead or the on-street parking across Tatum if the trailhead parking is full. Once you have your bike and gear ready, you start with a climb up Doubletree Canyon that takes you into the mountain preserve.
Next is a level section of track you can go through faster, although you might want to watch for signs. If you can’t see any, keep to the trail until you can see the Dreamy Draw parking lot that should be down a descent. If you’re using this trail at peak hours, watch out for hikers; otherwise, let her rip if you’re confident in your biking abilities.
Once you’re in the parking lot, you can use the washrooms and fill up on water before resuming your ride on the north side of the lot. There should be a trail under the freeway that we followed for another technical climb.
Follow the singletrack around the mountain, where you might have to go over rocks on your path, so it should be a fairly bumpy ride. At some point, you’ll be riding past neighborhoods, so be sure to be on the lookout for that. Also, this should tell you to anticipate a rather technical descent that you’ll have to be extra careful on.
At the bottom of the descent, you’ll have to cross under Cave Creek and continue riding on the trail until you get to 7th Street. You can rest before turning back, or if you still have the energy, you can turn back immediately.
The landscape through this trail is absolutely gorgeous and is lined with hills, some of which you’ll climb as you ride through. There’s also a beautiful view of the sunset if you happen to be there at that time of day.