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10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

85%

Singletrack

2,227' 679 m

High

1,693' 516 m

Low

605' 184 m

Up

605' 185 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Family Friendly Shallmo Wash to Tortoise/Wagner/Granite. Back via Bluff to Shallmo Wash

Overview

Nothing technical and fairly flat route with a couple little uphill kicks between the 5 and 6 mile marks.

Description

This is a good 10-mile loop that is a nice option for beginners—there's nothing technical, it's fairly flat and there are no boulders but some areas have sand or loose gravel.

You'll need to have some basic fitness as the first half is a very gradual uphill. The Shallmo Wash section starts out with a gradual uphill and some tight switchbacks. About one mile in, there is a section that looks like someone carved the trail into the side of a sand dune.

After that it's pretty flat and smooth until you get to Granite Trail. Between the 5 and 6 mile marks there are a couple little uphill kicks. Once you get past this, it's all down hill to the finish.

On the Granite trail section look to your right. If you time it right (top of the hour) you should be able to see the fountain going off over in Fountain Hills). Have a blast picking up speed over the final 4 miles.

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David Rousseau

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Photos

Pemberton 15 mile trail out out Fountain Hills. 38 min video of my 1hr 6 min ride. Well groomed fun trail! Awesome weather late March 2019
Mar 31, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
Granite Trail view of the fountain.
Oct 21, 2022 near Rio Verde, AZ
This sign is at the start of the parking lot. Ride the trail in a clockwise loop for fun downhills coming back.
Mar 31, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
Sonoran sunset. with permission from meg99az
May 26, 2016 near Rio Verde, AZ
View toward Fountain Hills fountain and Red Rock mountain.
Jan 17, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ

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