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Pemberton Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (83) 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

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

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 83 votes

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  4.0 from 83 votes
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Photos

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
Enjoying the view
Dec 27, 2020 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

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May 16, 2021
Robert Allen
Hot, but fun ride with no snake sightings. Started the counter clockwise way and only went 4 miles out which made the whole ride extra easy. 8mi — 1h 00m
Apr 7, 2021
Chad Mcgee
Mar 24, 2021
Jimmie Baker
Feb 23, 2021
Krista Stearns
Good ride.This is only a blue, in my opinion, due to the length. If taking any one small section, there is nothing technical, so it's ok for beginners — 1h 40m
Feb 21, 2021
Victor Aguilar
Jan 1, 2021
zaq
Nov 23, 2020
Chris Brown
Nice easy and fast trail with some fun alternate spurs and loops. The preserve is really scenic and natural. 14mi — 2h 00m
Nov 21, 2020
Billy H