McDowell Mountain Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.17 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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: does it matter what time of day to go? -Guest

A: In summer, go really early. In winter you can go later after it warms up a bit.

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Q: can you ride at night -Guest

A: No

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Reviews (41)
 

Granny Gear

January 18, 2018
 
Review: I went today (Wednesday) and there was an entrance fee. $6 per car or $2 to ride in. I parked my car at a pullout before getting to the entrance and rode in and saved $4. Also, the mtb trails are the first thing you see when you get to the park, so the ride in is easy as pie.

Similar Trail: Papago

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Granny Gear

October 23, 2017
stolireef Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode the Sport Loop today. I am a newbie to mountain biking and found this challenging but doable. At 51 years old, I try to avoid doing things that are likely to cause broken bones and with only a few very minor exceptions, I was more excited than nervous on the trail. The first loop was hard for me but the second time around, I had much more confidence. From a complete beginner's perspective, there are some technical features such as switchbacks on a downhill or the 'double dip' area. That said, my bet is that if I ride this a few more times, I'll be cake. If you're not fit for cardio, expect to take breaks on the uphills. Overall, it was a great and exciting experience that I can't wait to duplicate.

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Granny Gear

April 2, 2017
Ncurtisi13 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fun ride. I did the sport loop twice. Surprised to have a pretty empty trail (except for the snake, but he didn't look like he had a rattle). It's probably a bit too hard for beginners, but would be good for beginners trying to expand their horizon. It starts pretty easy with a gentle uphill, but it gets better after you pass the phallic cactus. There's a couple sweet features on the sport loop, a "double dip" (couple fun, but easy, drops), and some nice berms on the back end. Great way to practice keeping control of the bike for tougher rides.

Similar Trail: Hawes

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Epic


January 15, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: Nice trails for beginners. Smooth buttery trails. Tons of flow. Easy climbs. Lots of distance. GREAT desert scenery.

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Bunny Hop


October 11, 2016
dhurdle Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Not at all a technical challenge like so many rock-garden AZ trails. But still great fun single track loop. Pretty much all gradual uphill to 1/2 way and then oh-so-fun flowy all downhill on the return. Also great "fitness" loop at 15.3 mi. Highly recommended for what it is

Similar Trail: Haven't found a similar one yet in AZ but I'm new...

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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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Trailblazer


February 5, 2016
jashay77 Trailblazer  
 
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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McDowell Mountain Park MTB Trail 4.17 out of 5 based on 41 ratings. 41 user reviews.
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