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Cholla Mountain Loop Trail - McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Trail

8.9 Miles 14.3 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

460' 140 m

Ascent

-460' -140 m

Descent

3,010' 918 m

High

2,715' 827 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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One of the many new trails available in the City of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Overview

Trails are open dawn to dusk. Avoid riding after a heavy rainfall as the soils are very erosive.
This trail takes riders to two outstanding geological features; the Amphitheater and Cathedral rock. The trail is relatively new, lacks good flow, and has many blind corners.

Description

From the Brown's Ranch Visitor Center, head north on the old Brown's Ranch Road and take either the Power Line Road east, or better yet, the Vaquero Trail a little farther up Brown's Ranch Road. Watch for the Watershed Trail and head north on that .5 miles to the junction with the Cholla Mountain Trail.

Take the looped trail to the left and in .1 miles take the cutoff to the Amphitheater, a natural sort of "Stonehenge" granite outcrop with stunning views of the surrounding desert. A number of old trails in this area have been closed to protect the fragile desert ecosystem.

Head back to the main Cholla Mountain Trail and continue to the Cathedral Rock turnoff about .2 miles farther. Two huge granite boulders come together to form a natural "cathedral" with vistas of the desert below.

Back on the trail to finish the loop.

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Nov 6, 2016
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All Clear 74 days ago
The terrain is in granite mountains so the trails are essentially crushed granite so the turns can tricky. Also this trail meanders throughout man...
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