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McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region

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ELECTRIC BIKES PROHIBITED, more info here: scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve.

Recommended Routes in McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region - 3

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Favorite Lower Quartz Trail in the wash between neighborhoods....very rocky
Intermediate

Taliesin Loop

8.4 mi 13.6 km 560' Up 170.61 m Up 562' Down 171.34 m Down

Fountai…, AZ
Favorite Top of Tom's Thumb!
Very Difficult

TT & Windgate - Double Bypass

19.3 mi 31.1 km 3,303' Up 1006.83 m Up 3,303' Down 1006.84 m Down

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

The Bell Toll

10.4 mi 16.7 km 1,981' Up 603.93 m Up 1,982' Down 603.97 m Down

Fountai…, AZ

McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region Biking

  • 88 Miles 141 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 11 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 10 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region - 26

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2.1 mi 3.3 km #1Ringtail Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.1 mi 3.4 km #2Lost Dog Wash Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
4.4 mi 7.1 km #3Sunrise Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ 14 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #4Quartz Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.3 mi 3.7 km #5Taliesin Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.1 mi 5.0 km #6Westworld Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.6 mi 5.8 km #7Gateway Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ 14 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Horseshoe Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.3 mi 5.3 km #9Bell Pass Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.6 mi 5.8 km #10Desert Park Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ

Photos of McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region - 30

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Dodgin' cholla on Gooseneck Trail
Mar 11, 2015 near Rio Verde, AZ
Top of Tom's Thumb!
Oct 9, 2016 near Fountai…, AZ
Top of Windgate Pass.
Jan 29, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Climbing up towards Bell Pass.
Jan 29, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Looking towards Scottsdale from Windgate Pass.
Jan 29, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
McDowell Mountain | Epic climb, crowded descent on Lost Dog Wash, Old Jeep, and Sunrise | 12/29/2019
Dec 29, 2019 near Fountai…, AZ
Trail Junction
May 22, 2021 near Rio Verde, AZ
Trail Jct.
May 24, 2021 near Rio Verde, AZ