McDowell Mountain Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.20 out of 5
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Intermediate
13
miles

Singletrack
↑ 500 ft
↓ 600 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 (36)
 

Gramcounter


September 9, 2016
 
Review: be very careful when it gets hot here....it gets hot!!

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Granny Gear

August 11, 2016
crporter2 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode the Sport Loop - great flow track with lots of fun banked turns. Very fast trail (3 miles or so) with lots of turns, hills, jumps for some fun riding. Two more loops link up with the sport loop - the Long Loop and the Technical Loop (haven't had a chance to try them out yet).

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March 29, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: This trail system has alittle bit of everything. It has a lot of flows smooth trails and a few rocky hilly trails. I'm thoroughly enjoyed the variety and returned for 3 days to do different sections!

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Gramcounter


February 5, 2016
jashay77 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Pemberton Trail is a good beginners 15 mile workout with a few rocky areas that up the difficulty slightly. I prefer to ride it clockwise to do the climbing over rocky terrain and then be able to enjoy flowing singletrack on the downhill leg back to the trailhead.

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Bunny Hop

January 30, 2016
hystiker Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I rode two different sets of trails here while on vacation. The Sport/Technical/Long Loop which is a great blend of local singletrack. Some moderate climbs. On the second day I rode Escondido/Pemberton/Scenic/Cinch trails. That had some good climbs and some fast descents.
Overall a good blend of variety for the intermediate rider.

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Granny Gear

December 7, 2015
prpauly78 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Awesome and fun. Good for an intermediate rider .

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Gnarly


July 15, 2015
Ted Malone Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a great system of trails. Depending on the direction of travel you can either climb or descend on the first half of your ride and visa-versa. There are various trail conditions and something for every skill rider. If you ride the Coachwhip trail, be aware that there are some areas with narrow single-track and a steep drop-off on the side.

Similar Trail: Browns Ranch

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Gramcounter

February 25, 2015
70k1 Gramcounter  
 
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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Granny Gear

January 15, 2015
evan8 Granny Gear  
 
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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Gramcounter

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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McDowell Mountain Park MTB Trail 4.20 out of 5 based on 36 ratings. 36 user reviews.
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