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    Western Loop Trail

    Has anyone heard of this trail out at the McDowell Mountain Preserve (Fountain Hills) area? I was flying around the McDowells in Google Earth and noticed this switchback monster near the Sonoran Trail. I looked it up on the Fountain Hills site and it is an official trail. Is that even ridable? Looks insane.

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    Haven't been on it but ridden by it a bunch...looks like HAB city. I seem to recall U2METOO posting a ride report a while back talking about it. I'd hike it first sans bike.

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    I did do an advanced search on "western loop trail" prior to posting and didnt find anything. Then again Im not sure how functional the search is.

    Have you ridden the Sonoran Trail? How is that one?
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    Sonoran is for the most part rideable. It's part of the McDowell 60 AES ride as well as the quad bypass. It has a few tight, steep switchbacks that mean some walking, but overall not bad. The south part is typical singletrack; almost feels a bit like BCT in places except not built to the same grade standards. The north part is buff double track that is super fast traveling to the north.
    Give this loop a try sometime...includes Sonoran.
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    It's ridable if you have the skill of Hans Ray and the lungs of Ned Overend.

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    So.......... you're saying I have a chance.
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    There's some good info in this thread:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/arizona/fount...ls-557966.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Douger-1 View Post
    So.......... you're saying I have a chance.
    one in a million......

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    Find a different/easier way to the top and bomb down it

    North Eagle Ridge Drive is on the SE end of that trail (bottom?) and there's another unnamed road on the NE end of it (top?). It looks to be a jeep road in pretty good condition. If it's not completely accessible by vehicle it looks like you can access it by bike at the intersection of Diamondback Trail & Diamondback Court.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Douger-1 View Post
    Has anyone heard of this trail out at the McDowell Mountain Preserve (Fountain Hills) area? I was flying around the McDowells in Google Earth and noticed this switchback monster near the Sonoran Trail. I looked it up on the Fountain Hills site and it is an official trail. Is that even ridable?
    I've hiked it a few times. No way I'd ever think about riding it.

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    Rode past both entrances yesterday, and I'd have to say it didn't look too inviting. You could see the HAB right from the start. The north entrance looked like it dove straight into the bush and disappeared. I didn't give much thought about trying it after seeing that.
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    I have been on the bottom part of the southeastern side. I didn't get too far before I turned back because I had to get off my bike to get over non-clearable obstacles, etc. It may be ridable, but you should plan to hike a significant portion, which in my book does not equal fun.

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