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Technical Loop

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 4.3 (24)

A fast race loop at McDowell Mountain Regional Park with a few hair-raising challenges


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2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Singletrack

1,816' 554 m

High

1,618' 493 m

Low

273' 83 m

Up

285' 87 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

There is a $7.00 park entry fee.

Description

The Technical Loop has the most challenging features of the three competitive loops. It starts off with two sphincter-clenching plunges that make this the expert track of the park. Bypasses around the drops have been added, giving those without health insurance a chance to enjoy the loop as well. A short, stiff climb up to the top of T-Bone Ridge gains about 200 feet of altitude with a little rockiness and minor exposure. This is soon followed by a loose, rocky descent that actually rolls easier than it looks.

After passing through a tunnel under the Sport Loop (The Chunnel) it is a smooth, banked, cactus-lined racetrack. The Technical and the Sport Loop roughly parallel each other back to the parking lot. At just under three miles the fun is over quickly. Remember you paid to enter the park, so give it another spin to get your money's worth.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

C R John with improvements by Steve Edwards

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  4.3 from 24 votes

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Winter riding can be utterly beautiful on the Technical Loop at McDowell.
Feb 27, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
Sun about to rise.
Sep 23, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Shredding the trails at McDowell Mountain Regional Park 2017-03-31
Jun 5, 2017 near Fountai…, AZ
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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Feb 27, 2021
Thomas Pyke
Dec 29, 2020
Corey Pedersen
Nov 27, 2020
Dave Stamm
Jul 7, 2020
Tim Heid
first time on the tech loop. super fun. did not do the big drops at the beginning. 3mi — 18h 00m
Apr 15, 2020
Rachel Friedman
Too hard
Apr 12, 2020
Melissa Wright
2.7mi
Nov 3, 2019
Justin McKinney
Super fun at the beginning (2 drops) then you gotta gear down for some climbing. Without the 2 drops, this is a easy intermediate but overall ratin…
May 5, 2019
Rich Vosko