2.8 miles
499 ft
-48 ft
Avg time

Quartz Details

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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Season
    Year round
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Quartz Trail is a popular hiking and biking trail for McDowell Mountain Ranch residents, and can also serve as an access trail into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It is often linked with Taliesin Trail to make a short loop. Quartz is the more difficult of the two trails, both in rockiness and grade. Parts of Quartz follow a large natural wash, so use caution when riding in flash flood season. Quartz links to Paradise Trail to branch out into the Gateway trail area, and also links to Lost Dog Trail, for access into the Lost Dog trail area.

Access Info

To begin at the published start point, park at the Westworld trailhead and make your way along the Westworld trail (really a gravel road) underneath Thompson Peak Blvd and look for trail signs pointing left across the golf course. An alternate start point and parking area is at the park/pool at 105th St and Queenswreath Lane.

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More Stats for Quartz mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    451 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,508 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,000 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,518 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,970 ft
  • Grade
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  • Distance climb
    2.3 miles
  • Distance down
    1,003 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,732 ft
  • Avg time
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Avg: 3.65 (3 votes)

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Routes with this trail

AES McDowell Mtns Long 2015 race
62.9 miles
McDowell's climbing training suffering route
21.3 miles

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    • Updated on Sun 2014-11-30 @ 12:54am
    • Submitted on Mon 2014-09-29 @ 11:58am
    • By todd & contributors
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