McDowell Mountains - Trail, Fountain Hills, Arizona

McDowell Mountains - Trail, Fountain Hills, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

Warning: this ride costs. Two great loops you gotta experience to understand. Medium technical difficulty. A few good challenging wash climbs and a nice long downhill at the end of the big loop. Get a map there at the park. P.S. You gotta pay to get in the park.

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[Jun 29, 2011]
mountainbike2001
Cross Country Rider

ALL - I am coming to Scottsdale next week and will have a few days to ride. I am renting a full suspension bike and looking for some trails within a 30 min drive of N. Scottsdale. McDowell was recommeded to me. Thoughts and suggestions?

Thanks

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4
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4
[Jan 03, 2010]
YetiManAZ
Weekend Warrior

I've been riding these trails for the last 10 years and they are the fastest and most enjoyable if the only thing you want to do is ride.
No horses, no hikers, and it's all one way. Giddy up and go. They have showers out there now and a place to rinse your bike down as well. Spend the day and have a blast.

Rubber side down-

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Pemberton is a stones throw away and that is a fun loop. May encounter a horse or 2 out there. I've seen maybe 3 in the last year. In the summer months they have organized night rides at Pemberton and it is a must for anyone who has never tried it.

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5
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4
[Apr 17, 2009]
teelow
Weekend Warrior

I'm here vacationing and decided to get out for a ride. I demo'd an Ibis Mojo (great bike!) and rode the Competitive Loops at McDowell Mountain Park after talking to the guy in the bike shop. I started on the Sport Loop, which was a blast. Fairly smooth single track, very rolling with short climbs and descents. High speed turns which were nicely banked and not too many loose rocks or gravel spots. As other reviewers have said, it's best to ride this at a fast pace. I'm 48 and not in great shape, but could still keep up a pretty good pace on this trail.

Next, I tried the Long Loop. I expected this to be easier terrain than the Sport Loop, but it wasn't. The climbs were longer (still not bad though) and the terrain was definitely much rockier. I could ride all of it except getting up over one ledge on a short climb, but some of the downhills over rocks were pretty sphincter-tightening for me. Both trails were serious fun and I rank them among some of the top single track rides I've done.

I ran out of time before I could try the Technical Loop, but will definitely come back and try it on my next visit!

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5
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3
[Jan 05, 2009]
_Lac_Man_
Weekend Warrior

I rode the 'Long Loop' today, which is part of the Competitive Track, for the first time in a little while. I forgot how much fun that ride is, nice climbs, nothing too intense, some fun downhills sections, twisty rocky areas, it's an all-around fun lap. The final third of the 'Long Loop' is filled with short downhills which will give your legs a break if you aren't use to 10+ mile rides. It's great for intermediate riders, or someone who is sick of simple trails like Papago. The other two laps - Sport and Technical are great as well, I've only ridden technical once, I'll return once I've honed my skills a little more. But Long Loop and Sport are fantastic! If you head down the path a little further is Pemberton and a couple of other novice trails.

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One way for the Competitive Track trails.

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Any of the Competitive Track trails. About a 20 minute drive west is the Pima/Dynamite trails, they are alright, but the McDowell Mtn. trails are nicer in my opinion. If you start early, you can hit the McDowell Mtn. trails, then head north on McDowell Mtn. Road, head west on Rio Verde Drive which turns into Dynamite, and you're at Pima in about 15 minutes.

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5
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3
[Oct 24, 2008]
garbagemanlande
Weekend Warrior

I used to ride this area all the time about 5-6 years ago and can't wait to get back to it. Great routes to challenge ones abilities and a good way to train by redoing the same route multiple times.

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The sport route is the fastest and funnest, the tech route is too short, yet fun still. Watch out for the rattlers, those little buggers nipped at my tires.

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4
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2
[Apr 03, 2005]
ROAD WARRIOR
Cross Country Rider

This Review is for the competive track. There are 3 one way loops that can be ridden seperatley or combined. These are not your normal scenic trails but great high speed single track. If you like to push yourself you'll love these. these tracks require 100% of your attention 100% of the time. The tech. loop has some serious drops and the longest climb. The sport loop is the fastest with some suprises thrown in (take it easy the 1st time). The long loop is the rockiest. All can be ridden by the average rider, but are more fun the faster you go. Also the very large rattle snakes are used to people and not agressive, but they WILL NOT yield the trail. get off and go around.

Customer Service

Get map at park entrance. go to parking area. have a great ride.

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only trail ridden in this area. but if you are in the Las Cruces NM area , go over to Dona Ana, NM. exit 9 off I-25. the new trails are simular in layout and the ride back down the rollacoster. will remind you why you MTB

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5
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5
[Feb 11, 2005]
Ridgewood Fatty 5
Cross Country Rider

This must be a professionally designed cross country single track course. Not just a nicely mapped out course, it's more like a top ranked golf course. If you like getting out and grinding that big chain ring, going through twists and turns at top handling speeds, down short steep drops and up short power climbs this is the place. The large loose rocks will get to you after a while and the course can get monotonous, even mixing up all three loops. Just go fast!

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Any combination of all three loops will do.

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McDowell Mountain, it's totally different.

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4
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4
[Aug 01, 2004]
El Patron
Cross Country Rider

From pro level technical tracks (technical loop) to amateur weekend trails (Pemberton Trail) McDowell Mountains has it all. The park features a nationally recognized multi-use competitive track that hosts the 24 hours of Adrenaline. There is an entry fee of $5 per carload however it is well worth the price. The Parks and Recreation Department puts together a nite riding event called “Mountain Biking in the Moonlight” which usually has an attendance of over 60 bikers riding 16 miles of Pemberton Trail. Be wary of the sandy terrain and wild animals. It’s a well marked park. Enjoy the ride!

Customer Service

Went to McDowell Mountain through Fountain Hills. Trails are very well-marked and easy to follow. Requires very good aerobic condition

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Desert Clasic and Mormon Loop at South Mountain in Phoenix Arizona

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4
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4
[Dec 07, 1998]
Jesse

Well, I don't mean to dis the local trails,but there are better trails to be had in the Phoenix area. There are 3 loops,the race loop,the sport loop,and a technical loop. I rode the technical loop once when I was seeking something new-It wasn't that technical. All in all it's decsent,but nothing to write home about. the bottom line,if you live close to this
trail,it's a good place to go to put in some miles.
If you want a phoenix ride to remember,check out South Mountain. The Hawes rd. trail is pretty cool too.

Customer Service

The trails are "one way" practice loops-read no on-coming traffic or HOH(Hateful Old Hiker).

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South Mountain(Morman,National,Corona Loma,Telegraph Pass,Javelina),Hawes rd. trail,Trail 100

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2
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[Dec 07, 1998]
Rich LeBlond

rolling climbs, the tech. loop has this thing called "the ledge" some people freak out about it, crash, break bones etc. But those I ride with think it is a ball to fly off of. There are a few tricky turns at the bottom of climbs.
It is a fun course to ride during the winter months, but if you are around in the summer better trails can be found, flagstaff.

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Start with the "sport loop" than go into the "technical loop" than go into the "long loop"

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The more you ride, the more you will affrciate...I think Jesse was one of the people I blew by...

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4
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