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    Mcdowell Mountain Loop Suggestions

    Hey guys I'm thinking about heading over and trying out some trails in the Mcdowell Mountain area. I typically ride San Tan (dynamite to hawes to goldmine to the top then back to the lot) or Gold Canyon and weekend trips to Orange County when I can. I'm fine with climbing as long as the down is rewarding. A typical ride is 7-15 miles with 1000-1500 elevation. So if anyone has some loop or out and back suggestions I'd appreciate it.

    And before I get bashed I searched but all of the info I found was fairly old and I know the monsoon this year changed a lot of trails. Heck San Tan had some pretty good ruts from this weeks rain when I was out there yesterday.

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    JH, I'd head over to the comp loops at mcd mtn park or out to browns ranch. Both good options without tons of climbing and ways to add/subtract miles to fit.

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    Head out to Mcdowell Mtn Park. Park in the Four Peak Lot (it is the 1st right after you enter the park). Escondido to Pemberton, right on Pemby up to Lariat (left). Larit to Granite (left), Grainte back down to Pemby (left). Go over the road, through the parking lot and then right on Scenic. Then, make a right on Cinch, a right on Escondido back to the parking lot.


    Stop by McDowell Mountain Cycles in Fountain Hills on your way out. They have trail maps and can also recommend some routes for you in the area.
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    How is the signage out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhoward7285 View Post
    How is the signage out there?
    well signed. Maps here:
    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowe...well-11x17.pdf

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    A more "fun" loop that has some decent climbing would be to take Pemberton out and work your way up toward Bell Pass but take the split down Prospector and head back from there. There are a couple of different ways to get there but I like taking Pemberton CW to Coachwhip (CO on the map) then Windmill to Bell Pass to Prospector, down the dirt road to Dixie Mine then back to Pemberton. At that point you can either take Pemberton back the short route (right turn) or go left and complete the loop OR take one of the other trail options .I really like Bluff trail (BF on the map), fast and swoopy.
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    The Pemberton itself is a great ride for anyone who hasn't been there before. About 15 miles with about 1000 ft climbing. Then head over the the sport loops and Sport/Tech for 3 more and tons of fun.

    You really can't go wrong on any of the trails out there. All are fun!

    Stay away on the 13th though if you want to ride. Dawn to Dusk race will be going on.

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    Desert Park loop clockwise from Gateway TH on the Scottsdale side. The Desert Park to Gateway, over Gateway, down Paradise down Quartz blast the road back to your car. Too many variations of both miles and effort to go into all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    The Pemberton itself is a great ride for anyone who hasn't been there before. About 15 miles with about 1000 ft climbing. Then head over the the sport loops and Sport/Tech for 3 more and tons of fun.

    You really can't go wrong on any of the trails out there. All are fun!

    Stay away on the 13th though if you want to ride. Dawn to Dusk race will be going on.
    Old thread but regarding McDowell Mountain RP, which of the trails are most photogenic ( ie lots of Saguaro cacti etc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Old thread but regarding McDowell Mountain RP, which of the trails are most photogenic ( ie lots of Saguaro cacti etc)
    Upper (southern tip of) Gooseneck/Bluff/Boulder/marcus landslide and scenic hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seandm View Post
    Upper (southern tip of) Gooseneck/Bluff/Boulder/marcus landslide and scenic hill.
    This plus Dixie Mine and Coachwhip.

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    But most Scenic by far is the Lollipop.

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    Thanks people! Will be visiting the area end of Oct to ride and do some photog. Keen to see the Sonoran Desert, very different from home.
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    https://get.google.com/albumarchive/...127?source=pwa

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    Quote Originally Posted by seandm View Post
    But most Scenic by far is the Lollipop.
    Couldn't find Lollipop in McDowell Mountain Preserve, but looks like there is a Lollipop on Black Canyon Trail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Couldn't find Lollipop in McDowell Mountain Preserve, but looks like there is a Lollipop on Black Canyon Trail?
    check your PM.

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