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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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135 mi 218 km of trail 5 Rides

Easy Trails 33 Trails Intermediate Trails 24 Trails Hard Trails 6 Trails

Rides in McDowell Sonoran Preserve - 5

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Favorite Ride past Balanced Rock for a unique and epic experience!
Intermediate

Brown's Ranch Perimeter Loop

15.5 mi 24.9 km • Loop • 629 ft Ascent 191.72 m Ascent

(58) Carefree, AZ
Favorite Looking east at thee Superstitions.
Easy/Intermediate

The Long Way Around

18.0 mi 29.0 km • Loop • 700 ft Ascent 213.42 m Ascent

(11) Carefree, AZ
Favorite Lower Quartz Trail in the wash between neighborhoods....very rocky
Intermediate

Taliesin Loop

8.4 mi 13.6 km • Loop • 560 ft Ascent 170.61 m Ascent

(21) Fountai…, AZ
Favorite Looking towards Scottsdale from Windgate Pass.
Difficult

The Bell Toll

10.4 mi 16.7 km • Loop • 1,981 ft Ascent 603.93 m Ascent

(16) Fountai…, AZ
Favorite Top of Tom's Thumb!
Difficult

TT & Windgate - Double Bypass

19.3 mi 31.1 km • Loop • 3,303 ft Ascent 1006.83 m Ascent

(12) Fountai…, AZ

Trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve - 58

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11.6 mi 18.7 km #1Hawknest Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
11.6 mi 18.7 km Carefree, AZ 17 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #2Latigo Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
2.0 mi 3.2 km Carefree, AZ
4.6 mi 7.5 km #3Granite Mountain Loop Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
4.6 mi 7.5 km Rio Verde, AZ 13 
1.3 mi 2.2 km #4North Diablo Trail
Difficult
Carefree, AZ
Difficult
1.3 mi 2.2 km Carefree, AZ
4.4 mi 7.1 km #5Sunrise Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
4.4 mi 7.1 km Fountain Hills, AZ 11 
2.4 mi 3.8 km #6Chuckwagon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.8 km Carefree, AZ
1.5 mi 2.5 km #7South Diablo Trail
Difficult
Carefree, AZ
Difficult
1.5 mi 2.5 km Carefree, AZ
3.1 mi 5.0 km #8Whiskey Bottle Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
3.1 mi 5.0 km Rio Verde, AZ
3.1 mi 5.0 km #9Cholla Mountain Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
3.1 mi 5.0 km Carefree, AZ 11 
4.3 mi 7.0 km #10High Desert Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
4.3 mi 7.0 km Carefree, AZ
0.9 mi 1.5 km #11Branding Iron Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.5 km Carefree, AZ
3.3 mi 5.3 km #12Bell Pass Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Fountain Hills, AZ
1.9 mi 3.1 km #13Cone Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km Carefree, AZ
1.5 mi 2.3 km #14Maverick Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.3 km Carefree, AZ
3.1 mi 4.9 km #15Windgate Pass Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
3.1 mi 4.9 km Fountain Hills, AZ
2.3 mi 3.7 km #16Taliesin Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Fountain Hills, AZ
2.4 mi 3.9 km #17Stagecoach Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
2.4 mi 3.9 km Carefree, AZ
2.5 mi 4.0 km #18Andrews-Kinsey Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Fountain Hills, AZ
2.0 mi 3.3 km #19The Divide Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
2.0 mi 3.3 km Carefree, AZ
0.8 mi 1.2 km #20Watershed Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.2 km Carefree, AZ

Photos of McDowell Sonoran Preserve - 68

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Ride past Balanced Rock for a unique and epic experience!
Feb 10, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Awesome desert views abound throughout Brown's Ranch.
Feb 27, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
McDowell Mountain | Epic climb, crowded descent on Lost Dog Wash, Old Jeep, and Sunrise | 12/29/2019
Dec 29, 2019 near Fountai…, AZ
Brown's Ranch
Dec 16, 2019 near Carefree, AZ
Big saguaros greet you along the Renegade Trail.
Feb 10, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Cruise the buff singletrack along the perimeter of Brown's Ranch for a great time!
Feb 7, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Making the turns on Cholla Mtn Loop.
Jun 2, 2016 near Carefree, AZ
Dodgin' cholla on Gooseneck Trail
Mar 11, 2015 near Rio Verde, AZ