Taliesin / Quartz Loop

4.25 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
A fun quick loop that begins with a gradual ascent of the twisty Taliesin trail, crossing a cement path twice, bearing right. At the signed trail junction, go North on Quartz trail up a short ascent. The trail descends, briefly on double track, before bearing left and descending steeply down a wash. Continue descending gradually through the wash, slaloming between cacti, passing the Paradise trail (signed) on the right. Keep descending all the way down, under the 105th st bridge, to where the trail reaches the golf course -- you'll pass a couple of trail entry/exit points (at one point it's easy to get suckered into a left turn into small park area... you want to keep right instead). At the golf course, you'll be spat out between holes onto a dirt path (part of the Scottsdale city trail system) which goes left onto a wide dirt road. Continue along, following the signs, dropping down to the left and then cranking up a short, steep climb, then proceed on a dirt path around the golf course (holes 2 and 1) back to the parking lot.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (4)

Granny Gear

April 4, 2016
Colbalt Granny Gear  
Review: Pretty fun quick loop for afternoon. Can be a little tricky staying on trail as it has a few unmarked sections.


May 11, 2014
Review: Just moved here this week and this is right across from our house. Great run with a little bit of everything.

Good single track runs up and down while mixing in some short, steep ascent/descents. Great mountain views too! This will become my regular spot for sure...


October 30, 2013
AaronT Gramcounter  
Review: a great local run. start at via linda bridge trail entrance (just east of FLW) follow trail across cactus over the bridge take the talesin trail up and the quartz down. left at hole 16 back to the main trail. a great 30-45 min run. watch for javelina.

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Granny Gear

September 20, 2013
telern Granny Gear  
Review: This was a fun singletrack trail, but got a bit lost around the golf course. Informative but sparse trail signs. Most intersections are signed with distances/trail names. I wound up riding the trail in reverse going up the Quartz trail and down the Taliesen trail back to the golf course. It was cool riding through the cacti and at the top a nice view of Scottsdale.

Taliesin / Quartz Loop MTB Trail 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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