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Pemberton Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (68) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy but fun desert ride.


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Map Key

15.7

Miles

25.3

KM

60%

Singletrack

2,477' 755 m

High

1,826' 557 m

Low

792' 242 m

Up

791' 241 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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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

Shared By:

Richard Gauer with improvements by Brigitte Flanagan

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  4.0 from 68 votes

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Pemberton Loop, starting from the Tom's Thumb Parking Lot on the west side, running clockwise.
Dec 10, 2017 near Rio Verde, AZ
Cruisin' down Rock Knob Trail
May 27, 2014 near Rio Verde, AZ
Pemberton 15 mile trail out out Fountain Hills. 38 min video of my 1hr 6 min ride. Well groomed fun trail! Awesome weather late March 2019
Mar 31, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
Top of Scenic Trail 9/25/2019
Sep 26, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
Four Peaks from Scenic Trail at McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Sep 26, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
Rest, Wrench or Refueling station. Intersection of Pemberton and Coachwhip
Oct 20, 2019 near Fountai…, AZ

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Apr 11, 2020
Chris Meyer
connected to Gooseneck from Jackass Junction 15mi — 2h 15m
Apr 7, 2020
Carson Horne
2.5mi — 0h 30m
Feb 15, 2020
Chuck Riegel
Nice ride with my wife while in Phoenix 15.3mi — 2h 04m
Feb 4, 2020
Dusty Rhodes
Nov 26, 2019
Scott Cordell
Nov 18, 2019
Jack Brittain
12mi — 2h 30m
Oct 20, 2019
Brigitte Flanagan
9mi — 1h 30m
May 25, 2019
Rich Vosko