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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +523/494 ft
Total: 29 riders
 

Mountain Biking Coachwhip Trail Loop

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#363 of 444 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#8507 in the world

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
campground.

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
Regional Park.

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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
From the 101 in Scottsdale head east on Shea Blvd. aprox 8 miles to N.
Fountain Hills Blvd. Follow that through town and it turns into McDowell Mtn
Rd. 4 miles from town turn left into McDowell Mountain Regional Park. There
is a six dollar admission fee. Drive 3 miles into park and turn left into the main
campground. Park at the hiker's trailhead parking area.
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  • jfbrun
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    I rode Pemberton clockwise to Dixie Mine onto Coachwhip back to Pemberton! Great ride, especially after the switchback on Coachwhip heading back to Pemberton. Views are fantastic, you can get going a bit too fast for some slippery riding on corners!!

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  • norski
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    The McDowell Mountain Regional Park is in a beautiful part of the Sonoran Desert. This trail will give you some wonderful scenic views of the area and provide you with some fun, heart-thumping singletrack.

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