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McDowell Mountains

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

Warning: this ride costs. Two great loops you gotta experience to understand. Medium technical difficulty. A few good challenging wash climbs and a nice long downhill at the end of the big loop. Get a map there at the park. P.S. You gotta pay to get in the park.
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Latitude
33.611667
Longitude
-111.716667
Trail Directions
Shea to Fountain Hills Blvd. (L) and about 4 miles to park entrance on left then up a mile or so on the left to park.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fountain Hills
   


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Review Date
June 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mountainbike2001 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
ALL - I am coming to Scottsdale next week and will have a few days to ride. I am renting a full suspension bike and looking for some trails within a 30 min drive of N. Scottsdale. McDowell was recommeded to me. Thoughts and suggestions?

Thanks

Recommended Route:
Tell me...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tell me please...



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Review Date
January 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: YetiManAZ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've been riding these trails for the last 10 years and they are the fastest and most enjoyable if the only thing you want to do is ride.
No horses, no hikers, and it's all one way. Giddy up and go. They have showers out there now and a place to rinse your bike down as well. Spend the day and have a blast.

Rubber side down-

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pemberton is a stones throw away and that is a fun loop. May encounter a horse or 2 out there. I've seen maybe 3 in the last year. In the summer months they have organized night rides at Pemberton and it is a must for anyone who has never tried it.



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Review Date
April 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: teelow ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm here vacationing and decided to get out for a ride. I demo'd an Ibis Mojo (great bike!) and rode the Competitive Loops at McDowell Mountain Park after talking to the guy in the bike shop. I started on the Sport Loop, which was a blast. Fairly smooth single track, very rolling with short climbs and descents. High speed turns which were nicely banked and not too many loose rocks or gravel spots. As other reviewers have said, it's best to ride this at a fast pace. I'm 48 and not in great shape, but could still keep up a pretty good pace on this trail.

Next, I tried the Long Loop. I expected this to be easier terrain than the Sport Loop, but it wasn't. The climbs were longer (still not bad though) and the terrain was definitely much rockier. I could ride all of it except getting up over one ledge on a short climb, but some of the downhills over rocks were pretty sphincter-tightening for me. Both trails were serious fun and I rank them among some of the top single track rides I've done.

I ran out of time before I could try the Technical Loop, but will definitely come back and try it on my next visit!



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Review Date
January 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: _Lac_Man_ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode the 'Long Loop' today, which is part of the Competitive Track, for the first time in a little while. I forgot how much fun that ride is, nice climbs, nothing too intense, some fun downhills sections, twisty rocky areas, it's an all-around fun lap. The final third of the 'Long Loop' is filled with short downhills which will give your legs a break if you aren't use to 10+ mile rides. It's great for intermediate riders, or someone who is sick of simple trails like Papago. The other two laps - Sport and Technical are great as well, I've only ridden technical once, I'll return once I've honed my skills a little more. But Long Loop and Sport are fantastic! If you head down the path a little further is Pemberton and a couple of other novice trails.

Recommended Route:
One way for the Competitive Track trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any of the Competitive Track trails. About a 20 minute drive west is the Pima/Dynamite trails, they are alright, but the McDowell Mtn. trails are nicer in my opinion. If you start early, you can hit the McDowell Mtn. trails, then head north on McDowell Mtn. Road, head west on Rio Verde Drive which turns into Dynamite, and you're at Pima in about 15 minutes.



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Review Date
October 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: garbagemanlande ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I used to ride this area all the time about 5-6 years ago and can't wait to get back to it. Great routes to challenge ones abilities and a good way to train by redoing the same route multiple times.

Recommended Route:
The sport route is the fastest and funnest, the tech route is too short, yet fun still. Watch out for the rattlers, those little buggers nipped at my tires.



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