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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 - 4

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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 Dodgin' cholla on Gooseneck Trail
Easy/Intermediate

Gooseneck-Pemberton Lollipop

15.2 mi 24.4 km 599' Up 182.48 m Up 599' Down 182.45 m Down

Rio Verde, 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
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

McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region Biking

  • 111 Miles 179 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 12 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 13 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 5 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region - 26

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4.4 mi 7.1 km #1Sunrise Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ 12 
3.3 mi 5.3 km #2Bell Pass Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
3.1 mi 4.9 km #3Windgate Pass Trail
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.3 mi 3.7 km #4Taliesin Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.5 mi 4.0 km #5Andrews-Kinsey Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
4.7 mi 7.6 km #6Tom's Thumb Trail
Very Difficult
Rio Verde, AZ
Very Difficult
Rio Verde, AZ
2.9 mi 4.6 km #7Quartz Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
6.9 mi 11.2 km #8Gooseneck Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
1.1 mi 1.8 km #9Windmill Trail
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate
Fountain Hills, AZ
2.1 mi 3.4 km #10Lost Dog Wash Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Fountain Hills, AZ

Photos of McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Southern Region - 30

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