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Pemberton Loop

 38 votes

15.4 Miles 24.9 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

879' 268 m

Ascent

-879' -268 m

Descent

2,481' 756 m

High

1,825' 556 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

All Clear

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An easy but fun desert ride.

Richard Gauer

Overview

Clockwise is the best way to ride this one, with nice singletrack and a slow climb to the halfway mark then high speed doubletrack back to the parking lot.

Need to Know

Check the park web page for entry fees and possible closures for special events.

www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell

Description

The ride is done both clockwise and counter-clockwise, but this description is for clockwise. Start early, as it can be warm in winter and un-rideable in summer. Leave the parking lot on well-marked trail leaving from the southwest corner. From here, it's flat riding until you cross the paved road, at which point you begin a slow, easy climb most of the way to the 9-mile mark.

As you get closer to the McDowell Mountains, the trail gets a little more interesting with large saguaros and some rock outcroppings. At the 9-mile mark, the singletrack turns to doubletrack and exhibits some great high speed riding back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Nov 18, 2017
Porfirio Hernandez
Nov 5, 2017
And Ada
my 1st 15 miler...great ride! 15.4mi
Nov 5, 2017
Daniel Whatcott
Oct 29, 2017
Chaz S
Need a bigger cog :-) 15.4mi — 2h 05m
Oct 16, 2017
Chris Bragg
Oct 1, 2017
Joe Zylla
Went clockwise 15.3mi
Sep 17, 2017
Travis Gordon
Sep 9, 2017
Timothy Maloney
Always a solid ride. 18.9mi

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  4.1 from 38 votes

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All Clear 23 days ago
Some cleanup ongoing following running event on 10/29/2017.
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Clockwise is the best way to ride this one, with nice singletrack and a slow climb to halfway mark then high speed doubletrack back to the parking lot. An easy but fun desert ride. See photos and videos of the trail and more at Tucson Bike Rentals at tucsonbikerentals.org Jul 19, 2016
James Eby
Phoenix, AZ
James Eby   Phoenix, AZ
I have done this trail once before it looked really fun but I was sick and just bonked that day while riding so it was not fun nor enjoyable. I am doing the dawn to dusk race there in two weeks and cannot wait. The first part is very easy with some harder uphill then there are some dips into " mini canyons" I would call them. the rest is about 6 or so miles of smooth gradual downhill. Nov 27, 2016
Steve Edwards
Phoenix, Az.
Steve Edwards   Phoenix, Az.
My third time running Pemberton on April 9 2017 and it was awesome!! If you go anytime after April 1st be on the lookout for snakes. I came across one on the back stretch, Hello! He wasn't moving so I went waaaaaay around and yielded the trail to him. Overall a super fun ride, especially the last 4 miles of downhill. Apr 14, 2017

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