The Pemberton Trail is the best known trail in this area and is the arterial
backbone connecting other spur trails. Don't just ride Pemberton and feel
like you've seen it all. Many of the most fun trails are spurs off of the
Pemberton trail. This Coachwhip Trail loop incorporates many of the other
trails that branch off the Pemberton Trail.
Start at the hiker's trailhead parking just inside the entrance to the main
Ride through the campground to the far west end. Take the campground
spur trail that accesses Granite Trail. (Alternatively you can follow Wagner
Trail from the parking area for 1.1 miles.)
Turn right at the "Tee" junction and follow Granite Trail signs.
At mile 2.88 you connect with Bluff Trail. Turn right.
At mile 4.06 you connect with Pemberton Trail. Turn left.
At mile 4.32 turn right and follow Rock Knob Trail.
At mile 4.91 go through a gate that takes you outside McDowell Mountain
Regional Park and brings you into McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Continue
along main trails, bearing left.
At mile 6.11 you go thru another fence and re-enter McDowell Mountain
At mile 7.35 you reconnect with Pemberton Trail. Turn right.
At mile 8.07 turn right onto Coachwhip Trail.
At mile 10.65 turn left onto Dixie Mine Trail.
At mile 12.88 turn left onto Pemberton Trail.
At mile 14.69 turn right onto Tonto Tank Trail.
At mile 17.35 turn left onto Pemberton Trail.
At mile 17.79 turn left onto Granite Trail.
At mile 19.03 turn right toward the campground.
At mile 19.77 arrive back to the start.