McDowell Mountain Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.18 out of 5
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Intermediate
13
miles

Singletrack
↑ 9,100 ft
↓ 8,700 ft
1,869
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is great. It is not as rocky as other Phoenix area trails( ie: Trail 100, National, Estrella Mtn Park). Twisty singletrack on rolling contour. The surface consists of small pebbles which make a nice ripping sound as you careen through the turns. These are one way loops, there are three total. The sport, technical, and long loop. Distances are ~ 3 , 3 , 6.5. Enjoy.
added by petersbikeGramcounter December 14, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (5)
System Trails (5)
Pemberton Loop
Coachwhip Trail Loop
Phoenix Mcdowell / Wingate Pass / Bell Pass
Tonto Pass
Desert Park
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Reviews (29)
 


February 24, 2015
 
Review: A long trail with a good variety of terrain. Long climbs, switch backs, sandy washes, washboards, parts are choked with fist sized or larger rocks. Really good cardio workout.

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January 15, 2015
 
Review: Great trails for newbe's who don't want to eat rocks for lunch (opposite of south mt.) and fat rich old white men ha ha. If you don't like climbing I found that the trails in this area might not be for you. but great fast pace single track trails that are fun especially if your skills are a little rusty.

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July 5, 2014
 
Review: Great trail system just a short drive from the heart of Phoenix. Connect the loops for a fun 30 mile ride at Pemberton or challenge your skills on the competitive loops. This trail has something for everyone.

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May 24, 2014
 
Review: Rode Pemberton counter clockwise, I am an almost intermediate rider, and it was really good, longish uphill for the first half then fun downhill the second.

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May 15, 2014
 
Review: 60 plus miles of trails for all skill levels. What's not to like? I am an intermediate skilled rider who is completely challenged by the long loop at the competitive track. The tech loop is too hard. The rest of the trails at the park are in my wheel house. This place is almost exclusively for mtn bikers. What a blast!

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April 16, 2014
 
Review: I love going to these trails out here. I have ridden many of them multiple times. There are a lot of options and the ability to string together lots of miles. There are varying degrees of difficulty, nothing too hard though. With the competitive track nearby you can definitely mix it up and have a lot of fun.

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March 6, 2014
 
Review: In Phoenix for work, temperature was 78-82, sun was shining and Pittsburgh was still below freezing. I rented a Trek Superfly 9 FS from Arizona Outback Adventures and these loops hit the spot for me at 10am on a Saturday morning.

There weren't too many riders, and I could quickly knock the rust of my skills riding the easier loop, then the advanced loop and finally the longer loop. These all went from one to another without stopping and this overall trail was fantastic. When I'm back in Phoenix, I am likely to check out some other areas, but knowing that I can just crank the pedals faster and faster may make me want to just hit this spot again.

Not a lot of climbing, not that technical...if you want both just come to Pittsburgh. After riding multiple laps, I would have stayed there all day if not for my legs turning to jello!

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March 26, 2013
 
Review: We hit this trail because it was convenient to the higway we took on our way into Phoenix--and I'm glad we did. While unspectacular, it was a lot of fun, had nice flow more often than not, and also had fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Hitting it in March also meant we were treated to a tremendous variety of wildflowers. It's not a destination trail of its own accord, but it's worth hitting if you're in the area or have ridden the more famous trails in the area.

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December 26, 2012
 
Review: First trail in Arizona I have ridden and I must say that I am impressed and I am hoping that all the rest have flow like this one. The fast sections make the little climbs well worth it.

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December 24, 2012
 
Review: Would agree this is a great area to ride and all 3 loops are superb. Good terrain, changes it up, and not a load of people. Parking lot is huge! Love the competitive loops.

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McDowell Mountain Park MTB Trail 4.18 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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