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Taliesin Loop



8.4 mile 13.6 kilometer loop
70% Singletrack


Ascent: 560' 171 m
Descent: -562' -171 m
High: 1,992' 607 m
Low: 1,476' 450 m


Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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Trail shared by Daniel Young

A quick winding loop through rocky desert landscape.

Daniel Young

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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A quick loop that has a couple difficult climbs depending on which way you take it. Leads to a cool viewpoint and has a ton of flowing singletrack.

Need to Know

There is no public parking near the start of the loop but there is a different starting point at the Quartz Trail on 104th street and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road.


Start out at Cactus and Frank Lloyd Right and take the trail on the Northeast corner up the side of Frank Lloyd Right. Stay on this trail along the road until it starts to climb and go across the bridge over the canal. Take the junction left and climb up over the little hill and ride up the fire road.

Depending on which way you want to go around the loop, you can either go right at the first junction that points towards Taliesin Trail or go straight toward the golf course. Take the second left down and then climb back out of the wash. Ride along West World Trail until the sign points to the right to Quartz Trail.

Cross the cart path of the golf course and head up Quartz Trail. Climb up Quartz for a considerable amount of time going under a bridge making sure not to miss the trail left down into the wash at McDowell Recreation Center. Keep riding up and continue straight at the Paradise trail junction. It's a pretty steady climb all the way to the top.

When you reach the top you'll ride for a short distance to another junction and take it right. Enjoy the winding Taliesin Trail down and there will be on junction along the way which you'll take left. After that there will be two points where the trail crosses a concrete pathway. Continue on until you go under another bridge and take the trail left up over hill.

From here it's pretty fast back down to the first fire road. Take it back down to the starting point


Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Apr 25, 2020
Dave Deckey
Mar 1, 2020
Parker Jewell
1h 06m
Oct 4, 2019
Jake Yacovetta
Technical HOT climb. Flowy descent. 10.2mi — 1h 14m
May 27, 2019
Hannah R
Mar 20, 2019
Matthew Anderson
Feb 16, 2019
Josh M
First ride with my new Turbo Levo
Oct 28, 2018
Jim Pollock
Parked at 104th and Quartz trailhead
Oct 14, 2018
Justin Hayes
Brutal climb at the beginning through some rocky terrain and loose shale, but if you can stick that out, the rest of the ride is all flowy downhill… 7.1mi

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  3.8 from 21 votes
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Lower Quartz Trail in the wash between neighborhoods....very rocky
Sep 5, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Looking Down Quartz Trail from just below the summit....near the connector to Taliesin Trail.
Jan 17, 2015 near Fountai…, AZ
Near the bottom of Quartz Trail
Sep 4, 2013 near Fountai…, AZ

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