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9.7 mile 15.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 520' 158 m
Descent: -520' -159 m
High: 2,804' 855 m
Low: 2,326' 709 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)


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Trail shared by Troy Everson

A scenic route through Ironwoods and Cholla.

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To access the trail, go west on Moore road, off Dove Mtn Blvd, to the end of asphalt. The trail is about 100 yards west of the cattle gate on the north side.

The Trail starts out on a gradual uphill assent through Ironwoods, Palo Verde, and many cactus. It can be hard going at times due to portions of the trail being natural drainage fingers. At about the 1.3 mile mark you can take a shortcut straight north. If you are looking for a workout, stay the course up to the 2.5 mile mark.

From there it is mostly downhill. Watch your speed through the tight turns or you may end up hugging a Cholla or Prickly Pear (I've Been there - It hurts!). There is a large wash crossing at about the 4.5 mile mark. The trails gets a little more rocky, challenging at times, but is still very fun. There are some of the steep, rocky, crossings that require the brakes and some thought.

A little past the NW corner, of the loop, the trail flattens out again crossing several wash fingers along the way to the 8 mile mark. From there, it is another winding, but gradual, uphill climb to the starting point. This loop is a fun workout that requires speed, through some wash crossings, technique, and even some patience.


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May 4, 2019
Christopher Lynn
Apr 18, 2019
Tom Collins
Lots of sand on turns and sand built up on the course. Gets rocky and easier to handle half way through. 18mi — 1h 40m
Apr 13, 2019
Edmundo Samaniego
Manageable and fun 9.5mi — 1h 02m
Apr 7, 2019
Linda Topping
Loved the trail. Some of the difficult areas I needed to walk but will return and hope to manage more of them as I become familiar with the route. 9.8mi — 1h 51m
Mar 13, 2019
Czar Huang
Feb 2, 2019
Tom Pihl
Jan 3, 2019
Carlos Lopez
My first mountain bike trail ride. I must say it challenged me. The trail is pretty easy but there are a couple of technical climb. 9.4mi
Dec 22, 2018
Maven 1959
Two loops. Fun ride. 19.4mi — 2h 14m

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I'm new to the area. Can you park right at the start of this loop, or do you need to park up at the Wild Burro Trailhead, past the security gate? Thanks. Aug 14, 2016
You can park right at the start of the loop. Go through the gate (close it behind you) and there's a small parking area on the left. Feb 7, 2018
Really nice trail for beginners, there is only about a mile or two (out of ~9 miles) that is very technical. Most of the trail is relatively flat with tight switchbacks: lots of cornering fun. The trail is a bit sandy but my basic tires have no problem digging in and finding grip. 11 hours ago

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