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Pemberton Loop

 46 votes

Length

15.4 Miles 24.9 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

Elevation

879' 268 m

Ascent

-879' -268 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

2,481' 756 m

High

1,825' 556 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 36 days ago
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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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Feb 1, 2018
Dusty Rhodes
Jan 23, 2018
Desi Hollingsworth
Jan 21, 2018
Chris Klimek
Excellent. Rode it clockwise. Mostly uphill the first 9 miles with a few decent climbs. The downhill fun begins for the remainder of the ride. Fast!
Jan 20, 2018
Clint Penick
15mi
Jan 16, 2018
Bryce Henson
Dec 29, 2017
Levi C.
Fun ride. 13mi
Dec 23, 2017
Nav Aurora
Dec 12, 2017
Brian Pickart

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  4.1 from 46 votes

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  4.1 from 46 votes
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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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