1.9 miles
17 ft
-1,197 ft
Avg time

Bell Pass DH Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Bell Pass Trail
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year round
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Not for the timid, Bell Pass offers a steep and very rocky descent. There are very few drops of more than a foot, but the upper half of the trail is relentlessly rocky making a good full suspension bike almost a necessity. There is no smooth line through it, and the best you can do is minimize the beating until the pitch gradually lessens and the rocks begin to space out some. The upper portion has some switchbacks, and most are rideable with skill and practice. No one rides this trail uphill. The trail is popular with hikers, especially on weekends.

Access Info

To ride this trail as a downhill, you are going to need to summit the pass from the east side of the McDowells. The most common route to Bell Pass is by first climbing Windgate Pass Trail, starting down the east side, and then turning right onto Bell Pass Trail for the climb up to the pass. You can also access the trail from Prospector Trail, which is often tied together with Dixie Mine Trail and Sonoran Trail when circumnavigating the McDowells.

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More Stats for Bell Pass DH mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,180 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,011 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,191 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,191 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,011 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    330 ft
  • Distance down
    1.7 miles
  • Distance flat
    622 ft
  • Avg time
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Avg: 2.75 (4 votes)

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6:41 | 52 | Jan 29, 2016 Bell Pass DH, Fountain Hills
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