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Scenic Trail

Intermediate
 3.7 (10)

A short, marvelous blast of a trail with scenic views that earn the name.


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Map Key

3.5

Miles

5.7

KM

Singletrack

2,003' 610 m

High

1,746' 532 m

Low

243' 74 m

Up

272' 83 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Family Friendly If your kids are ready for a bit of a challenge, this is a great choice. We saw one adventurous young lad doing the trail with a big-wheeled skateboard!

Description

Scenic Trail is one of our favorite trails in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park trail system. It is easily accessed from the overflow camping parking lot which is a bit past the visitor's center on the main road.

Challenging enough to be interesting but easy enough to always be fun. Short enough to ride as a warm-up, a warm-down for the longer loops, or do laps for a more substantial workout.

The trail lives up to the name, the views from the top really are amazing. Four peaks to the east, and the entire McDowell Mountain Regional Park laid out before you.

If you ride it clockwise, you start with a wonderfully engineered climb that is so inviting you hardly know you're climbing; switchbacks so smooth and perfectly proportioned, you can carve corners going uphill. The top of the ridge includes a series of long, gradual descents and climbs. Some boulders and gnarl add a bit of challenge, but all of it can be managed easily at slower speeds. Pump up the speed for a more challenging and interesting ride. The backside can likewise be taken at a sedate pace for a easy ride, or taken at full speed, as much as your confidence allows.

Most of the trail has good visibility. Do remember this is a multi-use trail and control your speed when approaching the few blind corners on the descent.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

Karl Ingersoll

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  3.7 from 10 votes

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Photos

Coming down the backside.
Feb 3, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ
Boulders and gravel
Feb 3, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ
On top of the ridge.
Feb 3, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ
Enjoying the view at the top.
Feb 3, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ

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