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McDowell Mountain Regional Park

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75 mi 121 km of trail 1 Recommended Route

Easy Trails 12 Trails Intermediate Trails 11 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

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McDowell Mountain riding is bucket list worthy, if you are looking for advice or support for a bike trip here, definitely contact Western Spirit Cycling. Their guides have these trails dialed, plus they will get their massive support truck to camp, whip up amazing food, and keep the beer cold.
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Recommended Routes in McDowell Mountain Regional Park - 1

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Favorite Cruisin' down Rock Knob Trail
Intermediate

Pemberton Loop

15.7 mi 25.3 km 792' Up 241.53 m Up 791' Down 241.09 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ

Trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park - 22

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3.0 mi 4.8 km #1Sport Loop
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ 32 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #2Technical Loop
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ 21 
7.7 mi 12.5 km #3Long Loop
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ 28 
2.7 mi 4.4 km #4Tonto Tank Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
6.4 mi 10.3 km #5Escondido Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ 15 
5.0 mi 8.0 km #6Dixie Mine Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.6 mi 4.1 km #7Coachwhip Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.5 mi 5.7 km #8Scenic Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ 10 
15.7 mi 25.3 km #9Pemberton Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
1.1 mi 1.8 km #10Wagner
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
0.7 mi 1.2 km #11Tortoise
Easy/Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
3.6 mi 5.8 km #12Bluff Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
1.8 mi 2.9 km #13Shallmo Wash
Easy/Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
1.1 mi 1.7 km #14Rock Knob Trail
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
2.6 mi 4.2 km #15Sonoran Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
1.1 mi 1.8 km #16Boulder Trail
Easy
Fountain Hills, AZ
Easy
Fountain Hills, AZ
4.4 mi 7.1 km #17Stoneman Wash
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.9 mi 4.6 km #18North Trail
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
1.2 mi 2.0 km #19Verde Trail
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
1.5 mi 2.4 km #20Lariat Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
0.5 mi 0.8 km #21Chuparosa Trail
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy
Rio Verde, AZ
3.5 mi 5.7 km #22Granite
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ

Photos of McDowell Mountain Regional Park - 33

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Pemberton Loop, starting from the Tom's Thumb Parking Lot on the west side, running clockwise.
Dec 10, 2017 near Rio Verde, AZ
Boulders and gravel
Feb 3, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ
Coming down the backside.
Feb 3, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ
Cruisin' down Rock Knob Trail
May 27, 2014 near Rio Verde, AZ
Coachwhip singletrack
Feb 12, 2020 near Fountai…, AZ
Pemberton 15 mile trail out out Fountain Hills. 38 min video of my 1hr 6 min ride. Well groomed fun trail! Awesome weather late March 2019
Mar 31, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
Winter riding can be utterly beautiful on the Technical Loop at McDowell.
Feb 27, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
On top of the ridge.
Feb 3, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ