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7.7 mile 12.5 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 507' 155 m
Descent: -503' -153 m
High: 1,755' 535 m
Low: 1,559' 475 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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The longest of the competitive tracks at McDowell Mountain, offering a variety of terrain.

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There is a $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee.

Description

At almost eight miles, the Long Loop is (obviously) the longest of the three competitive loops. The features are a step up from the Sport Loop more of an intermediate level ride. The track is long enough to give some more variety than the other loops, with some nice drops down hills, a sandy wash crossing, and some rocky sections. There are several signs naming some of the features, like Boss Pick Drop, The Step, Cactus Corner, Convict Corner, etc. Connect all three competitive tracks together to make for fun and worthwhile 14-mile ride.

There are many other trails in the park for more casual exploring, especially in the springtime when the wildflowers are in bloom. With campsites, restrooms, and showers, McDowell Mountain Park can make a great destination for winter-time out-of-towners looking for a mountain biking vacation, especially with trails connecting to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Dec 8, 2018
Vanessa Boocher
Nov 4, 2018
David Miller
Oct 31, 2018
Jeffrey Zeldin
Jun 3, 2018
Ray Foss
8.9mi — 1h 43m
Apr 14, 2018
Karl Phelps
Mar 20, 2018
Mick Hofmann
Rough back section 7.7mi
Mar 17, 2018
Arnold Leon
Mar 10, 2018
Daniel LeClaire

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  3.9 from 23 votes

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Mike Sylvester
Oceanside, CA
Mike Sylvester   Oceanside, CA
We actually loved this loop. best one out there for sure. Tons of variety in the trail from fast & flowy to rocky DH sections and plenty of short climbs mixed in to kep you honest. Rides like it is much longer than 7.2 miles so be prepared fro that. Mar 7, 2016

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