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Sport Loop

Intermediate

Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 198' 60 m
Descent: -200' -61 m
High: 1,780' 542 m
Low: 1,620' 494 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by C R John

A fast-rolling racetrack loop at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

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Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

There is a $6.00 per vehicle entry fee to get into the park.

Description

Built in 1998 for the Cactus Cup Race, The Sport Loop is the easiest of the three competitive loops. As with the other loops, this is considered a one-way race track, not to be ridden by those on a leisurely wildflower-sniffing spin through the desert. Dont let the competitive moniker scare you off. It's rarely crowded, so you wont be elbowing for position with other riders. The one-way flow makes it so there may be a dozen cars in the parking lot, yet you may not see anyone else on the trail.

It starts off with an easy uphill to get maybe 100 feet of elevation with a minor rocky patch here or there. From the Double Dip sign it's mostly a rolling, swooping ride through the Sonoran desert. There may be a wash or two to climb out of, but the loop is mostly a twisting, rollicking, roller coaster ride, even getting in a little half-pipe action on some of the wash runs.

After just a few rocks on the initial climb, the trail is about as smooth as you're going to find in the area, mostly hard-pack or crushed granite. It's well worn-in with banked corners and some washboarding. It is a good trail for competent beginners--even the energetic youngster--yet without real technical hazards to expose overconfidence. The loop is only three miles, so ride, grin, repeat.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Apr 15, 2020
Rachel Friedman
Apr 15, 2020
Ben J
Apr 12, 2020
Melissa Wright
3mi
Nov 3, 2019
Justin McKinney
Pretty easy and very well groomed
Nov 3, 2019
Tim Werdmann
Oct 1, 2019
Sean Terrillion
3.5mi — 0h 24m
Jun 17, 2019
Rylan Evans
The trail is a fun and short. Make sure to get out early because it gets extremely hot. 3mi — 10h 00m
May 12, 2019
Hannah R

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Photos

Technical Loop entrance: "Track is for high speeds, challenging one's skills, and racing."
Mar 29, 2014 near Fountai…, AZ
The Chunnel
Mar 29, 2014 near Fountai…, AZ

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