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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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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Dec 17, 2016
Maikel Wise
Dec 12, 2016
James Eby
Raced at dawn to dusk counterclockwise 31.2mi
Nov 13, 2016
Elaine Beeson
Nov 8, 2016
William Yowell
Great ride surrounded by mountains everywhere. Saw a giant coyote. Steady incline at first but all the downhill afterwards was awesome 15.4mi
Nov 3, 2016
Will Andrews
Hard winds and heavy rainfall
Oct 22, 2016
Phyllis Gerben
Oct 22, 2016
Paul Schmidt
Dixie Mine Trail to McDowell Mountain Park Entrance
Oct 15, 2016
James Eby
15.4mi — 2h 00m

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went counter-clockwise and enjoyed the trail quite a bit...granted I'm still a newbie but thought trail was especially good for new riders to gather more control of bike and practice shifting...many opportunities. There were rocks, sand, single-track, hills, and good turns. Will do again and probably try clockwise as well. Best thing about counter-clockwise is adding in Scenic trail first so you're not worn out and can do the climb. Apr 13, 2016

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

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