Pemberton Loop

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15.4 Miles 24.9 Kilometers



879' 268 m


-879' -268 m


2,481' 756 m


1,825' 556 m



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An easy but fun desert ride.

Richard Gauer


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.

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


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.


Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Great Ride. Clockwise, long climb out to a rewarding downhill back to the parking lot. Getting warm, start early. 22.2mi
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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 Jul 19, 2016

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

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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