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    Vert near Scottsdale?

    I'm headed to Scottsdale next week for a job interview...I'd be traveling weekly there for work from Golden, CO. I'm only considering hte travel gig cause it pays well and I hear there is good riding near there. Curious how much vert you can get in nearby trails, here in Golden I usually log 15 miles w/ 3000 ft. up when I can, typically 3x per week before work. If I were to hole up near mcdowell area during the week, can I find some hills to climb near there?

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    There is as much climbing as your little heart desires between Gateway tr., Tom's Thumb Tr., Wingate tr., Bell Pass tr. and Sunrise. It's probably a little more technical and rocky than CO, but still a lot of fun and punishing. From Gateway trailhead and Lost Dog trailhead you can get to the real climbing within a mile.

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    Vert near Scottsdale?

    Yep, you can climb yourself silly only minutes from your door...

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    No doubt! Here's my last ride out there. BTW, I don't recommend the CCW route. Bell is crazy steep and rocky on the West side, esp after all the recent rain....
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    Here's how to find your kind of climbing at the McDowell Mountains:

    1) Start at Gateway trailhead off Thompson Peak Pkwy.
    2) Ride up Windgate Pass Trail
    3) At the intersection with Desert Park Trail, decide if you want more of the same slow
    4) If not, drop down Desert Park, otherwise continue up WPT
    5) At the next intersection with Tom's Thumb Trail, decide if you want even tougher climbing
    6) If so, take Tom's Thumb Trail, HAB the nasty stuff, claim your prize at the top
    7) Otherwise continue up and over Windgate Pass

    After either route, it's just a matter of deciding how far you want to ride. The riding is mostly easier on the east side of the mountains so you can go further with relative ease and plenty of great trail options.

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    Plenty of options! You won't be disappointed.
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