Pemberton Loop

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  3.7 from 16 votes
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Rank: #1 in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park area
#30 in AZ, #785 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Rio Verde,
“An easy but fun desert ride.”
Richard Gauer on Jun 28, 2013
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15.424.9 milesKilometers 879’268 m Ascent 2,481’756 m High 2% Avg Grade (1°)
60% Singletrack -879’-268 m Descent 1,825’556 m Low 9% Max Grade (5°)
1:52 average time for 17.8 miles. Details

Clockwise is the best way to ride this one, with nice singletrack and a slow climb to halfway mark then high speed doubletrack back to the parking lot.
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The ride is done both clockwise and counter-clockwise, but this description is for clockwise. Start early, it can be warm in winter and un-rideable in summer. Leave the parking lot at the southwest corner on well-marked trail. From here, it's flat riding until after you cross the paved road and then a slow easy climb for most of the way to the 9 mile mark.

As you get closer to the McDowell Mountains, the trail gets a little more interesting with large saguaros and some rock outcroppings. At the 9 mile mark, the singletrack turns to doubletrack with some great high speed riding back to the parking lot.
Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks
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