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Technical Loop

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 4.3 from 3 votes
  Intermediate/Difficult from 3 votes
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Rank: #5 in the Carefree and Cave Creek area
#32 in Arizona
#1,285 Overall
Trail near Fountain Hills,  area, 
“A fast race loop at McDowell Mountain Regional Park with a few hair-raising challenges”
C R John on Mar 29, 2014
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2.74.3 milesKilometers 273’83 m Ascent 1,816’554 m High 4.0% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -285’-87 m Descent 1,618’493 m Low 9.8% Max Grade
Restrictions
There is a $6.00 park entry fee.
Description
The Technical Loop has the more challenging features of the three competitive loops. It starts off with two sphincter-clenching plunges that make this the expert track of the park. Bypasses around the drops have been added, giving those without health insurance a chance to enjoy the loop as well. A short, stiff climb up to the top of T-Bone Ridge gains about 200 feet of altitude with a little rockiness and minor exposure. This is soon followed by a loose, rocky descent that actually rolls easier than it looks.

After passing through a tunnel under the Sport Loop (The Chunnel) it is a smooth, banked, cactus-lined racetrack. The Technical and the Sport Loop roughly parallel each other back to the parking lot. At just under three miles the fun is over quickly. Remember you paid to enter the park, so give it another spin to get your money’s worth.
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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks
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 2.3 from 3 votes
Technical Loop entrance: "Track is for high speeds, challenging one's sk... (Fountain Hills, AZ)
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