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Pemberton Loop

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 3.8 from 6 votes
  Intermediate from 4 votes
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Rank: #4 in Carefree and Cave Creek
#34 in Arizona
#611 Overall
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“An easy but fun desert ride.”
Richard Gauer on Jun 28, 2013
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15.4 Miles 879’ Ascent 2,481’ High 2.2% Avg Grade
60% Singletrack -879’ Descent 1,825’ Low 6.5% Max Grade
1:55 average ride time for 19.8 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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