“The longest of the competitive tracks at McDowell Mountain, offering a variety of terrain.”
— C R John
There is a $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee.
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.