Pemberton Loop

4.62 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
There are many places to start this loop from really as it crosses other trails and the main road twice. The 15 mile loop can be cut in half or about more by either the Tonto Tank tr or the Bluff tr (very fun) that bisects the main loop. Most of this trail is pretty wide open desert riding, fun and fast it has a bit of a roller coaster feel to its flow. From the Pemberton there are several trails that lead out like spokes from a hub, the Scenic Loop tr is a 3 mile loop that is popular with the equestrian group. The Rock Knob tr, the Coach Whip trail is access to the Windmill tr that goes up and over the mountains to the Gateway Trail system. The Dixie Mine tr leads to the site of an abandon mine and also joins trails that lead to the Bell Pass (Lost Dog area) and also into the community of Fountain Hills.
These trails are all well signed however it is advisable to pick up a free map at the Visitors Center for all the side trails but the Pemberton Loop itself is easily done without a map.
If you happen to run across horse crap on the trails we cant really blame the equestrian folks as there are about a dozen wild horses roaming the park here too. They are friendly and sometimes approachable but I don't think we are going to potty train them any time soon.
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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: is it safe to bring a dog on this trail? unleashed? -Guest

A: I would think, yes. However, I have seen badgers in the park. Something to keep in mind.

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Granny Gear

April 4, 2019
stlarsen21 Granny Gear  
Review: April 2019. Trail is perfect right now. Weather is great, blooming flowers and low dust. This trail is beginner level and a low impact ride.

Granny Gear

March 23, 2019
abgundy Granny Gear  
Review: Great ride, fast and flowy, and lots of intersecting trails allow for a ride of anything from 5-15 miles or more. I'll definitely be back.


January 29, 2019
TK34 Gramcounter  
Review: I'll call it 3 stars, but there's nothing wrong with this trail. Just understand that's its pretty flat, virtually zero tech - a very good trail for a beginner or you just want some miles. Going clockwise, the first roughly half is gentle climb and second half is mostly a nice long flowy decent. UPDATE: Just did Brown's Ranch Perimeter Loop. Enjoyed it more than Pemberton.


January 15, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
Review: Nice loop. Fast & flowy. No big climbs and no big descents, but still fun, especially for beginners. Basically zero tech.


January 9, 2017
Mabryd Gramcounter  
Review: The Pemberton loop, like all of McDowell Mtn Park's trails, are a real treat for anyone who likes smooth flowing rides through the desert. They even periodically groom the trails with a sweeper. Wouldn't have believed it until I saw it in action couple of days ago. The Pemberton does have a couple of short rocky mildly technical sections but overall it's just fun to ride.

Granny Gear

November 4, 2016
Spikem Granny Gear  
Review: We are newbies of last 4 months and Granite to Lariat to Pemberton is fun and relatively easy. What a nice view and ride.

December 15, 2015
Review: Ride this trail. It's a great course for simple climbing and fast downhilling. Great place to take someone new to the sport and get them hooked.

Similar Trail: Brown's Ranch


July 13, 2015
Ted Malone Gnarly  
Review: This is a very nice 15 mile loop. If you start at the lower parking lot and head counter-clockwise, you'll start off on a slight downhill that turns into a fairly decent climb for about half of the loop. Once you get to the top of the loop you'll begin a very nice downhill that can get interesting as it does have some switchbacks and sharp turns. Overall this is a very fun trail.

Granny Gear

February 14, 2015
kgolden Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail for beginners. Clockwise there are a couple rocky climbs but the rest of the trail is nice. Second half is mostly downhill.

Granny Gear

May 16, 2014
Review: Riding the loop clockwise is more fun because you get a few challenging climbs. Great trail for all abilities.

Pemberton Loop MTB Trail 4.62 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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