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Sport Loop

 4.5 (23)

3.0 Miles 4.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

198' 60 m

Ascent

-200' -61 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

1,780' 542 m

High

1,620' 494 m

Low

Shared By C R John

Conditions


All Clear 55 days ago
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A fast-rolling racetrack loop at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

C R John

Dogs Unknown

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.

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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Oct 31, 2018
Jeffrey Zeldin
Oct 18, 2018
Julie Gilchrist
Trail forks actually has this listed as an intermediate trail and I would support that rating more than green (easy). Super fun. 3mi
Jul 30, 2018
Matt Swanson
3mi
Apr 14, 2018
Karl Phelps
Apr 9, 2018
Scott Johnson
Mar 31, 2018
Arnold Leon
Mar 22, 2018
Mick Hofmann
Fun switch backs in middle section 6mi
Mar 17, 2018
Arnold Leon

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  4.5 from 23 votes

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A fast-rolling racetrack loop at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. It is a good trail for competent beginners--even the energetic youngster--yet without real technical hazards to expose overconfidence. Just don't forget to get your bikes at Tucson Bike Rentals at tucsonbikerentals.org Jul 19, 2016
Julie Gilchrist
Mesa, AZ
Julie Gilchrist   Mesa, AZ
Trail forks lists this as an intermediate trail and I support that as well. while there are some easier areas of the trail there are some more technical turns coupled with the dry loose dirt and rocks that I think warrant a higher difficulty rating. I agree that it would be fine for competent beginners, but there are definitely some points where beginners will be pushed. This isn't bad, just needs to be noted for future riders. Oct 22, 2018

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