18.1 miles
Distance
1,350 ft
Climb
-1,300 ft
Descent
2,438 ft
High Point

2020 Cactus Cup Enduro Course

Detailed Description
2020 Cactus Cup Enduro is a 18 mile easy race route located near Fountain Hills Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 15 trails. This route climbs 1,350 ft with a max elevation of 2,438 ft then descends -1,300 ft.
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34 Reviews & Comments

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DebHoenigxBC (Mar 19, 2022 at 18:57)
Trail Scenic
Nice views but definitely lots of loose rock, and descents were a little treacherous for us.
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Rider51 (Jan 13, 2022 at 11:41)
Popular green trail that can be ridden either direction, and has decent flow. Nice easy climb going southeast to northwest if you're looking to ride as a full loop of Pemberton, or take this "up" to ride any of the other green trails "down".
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Rider51 (Jan 13, 2022 at 11:38)
Compared to the south segment of Pemberton, this trail is green. It's not as smooth as Tonto or Bluff, but it's not really a blue trail. Just a few gullies, and a couple bits of loose over hard. Any beginner should not have much trouble with this.
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Rider51 (Jan 13, 2022 at 11:38)
Compared to the south segment of Pemberton, this trail is green. It's not as smooth as Tonto or Bluff, but it's not really a blue trail. Just a few gullies, and a couple bits of loose over hard. Any beginner should not have much trouble with this.
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Rider51 (Jan 13, 2022 at 11:35)
Really nice going down (west to east), as there's a lot of flow. You dan pick up decent speed on this trail. The trail is barely blue, but there are several rocky sections (none that require hike-a-bike), and plenty of sections of loose over hard that do qualify it as intermediate. Some of these techy sections come right after fast hard pack, so use a little caution if you're flying down it.
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Rider51 (Jan 13, 2022 at 11:30)
Trail Tonto Tank
Very easy trail with few surprises. You can get some pretty good speed going down it, but there's nothing to really challenge you, no rocks, very few corners to test one's skill, not much sand even. The view along the tail is nice. If you're looking for any challenge at all, I'd recommend you ride Pemberton to the south, as it has more turns, rocks, and plenty of loose over hard, while still being pretty safe. Experienced riders may find this trail boring.
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s29ssns (Apr 26, 2021 at 10:00)
Trail Tonto Tank
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s29ssns (Apr 26, 2021 at 9:56)
Trail Tonto Tank
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ABhardtail (Mar 5, 2021 at 5:19)
Trail Sport Loop
Fast, flowy, and fun. Very well laid out with great signage and well maintained. You'd have a hard time getting lost here. Beautiful desert / mountain landscape. There is a large parking lot with bathrooms that have running water.
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Creamcorn1 (Feb 3, 2021 at 13:49)
Green not blue
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Creamcorn1 (Feb 3, 2021 at 13:49)
Green not blue
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Adventurejunky1 (Jan 14, 2021 at 7:30)
60% of this trail is blue due to loose rocks and narrowness along the edge of hillsides. I took a beginner on it last week and they hike-a-biked for 3 miles. ????
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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 11, 2021 at 9:16)
Trail Scenic
Definitely scenic. Definitely blue as rocky in most sections.
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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 11, 2021 at 9:07)
Some sections pretty rocky and rough. Other parts smooth and easy.
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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 11, 2021 at 9:06)
This should be double green. Not blue.
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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 11, 2021 at 9:06)
This should be double green. Not blue.
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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 10, 2021 at 9:09)
Trail Tonto Tank
Super fun and fast downhill. Or easier uphill compared to nearby rocky blue trails.
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Sandra0JSLGX (Jan 10, 2021 at 9:02)
Fun trail. Some parts I would rate as blue though. Very scenic.
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Alvarado8 (Nov 28, 2020 at 8:32)
Not really techy, two nice drops in the beginning and frankly the climbing shortly after is the hardest but coming down the butte after the climb is a blast. Once past the tunnel it is no different than Sport Loop
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Alvarado8 (Nov 28, 2020 at 8:30)
Trail Sport Loop
Fun poppy trail and perfect to warm up before hitting some of the other trails. The ending is the best with the multiple berms and mini jumps.
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MuchaKombucha (Jun 26, 2020 at 13:42)
Love the flow on this ride. It winds its way in and out of the ridges, staying just below the ridge line for the most part. Definitely a borderline blue as some of the turns and rocks take some skill. My favorite trail in McDowell Mountain Park.
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chrisjacobs1 (Jun 13, 2020 at 9:20)
Definitely a blue trail not black; 2 good drops near the start but both have cheater trails around if needed, the rest of the trail is an easy blue
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iroas414 (Mar 30, 2020 at 7:06)
Riding CW, this is a fun trail in the first 1/3 - flowy and much like other trails in the area like Bluff, Delsie, & Granite. But no way is this a green trail. Overall this is easily a blue. The climbs and descents are no problem for probably most riders, but newer riders and kids who would have no problem on other trails would definitely have had to hike it on this trail.
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smchalmers (Mar 3, 2020 at 15:04)
This section is about as green as they come.
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smchalmers (Mar 3, 2020 at 15:04)
This section is about as green as they come.
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Mnoll (Jan 17, 2020 at 23:12)
Fave
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Jschwach (May 27, 2019 at 15:08)
Definitely would not rate this as a black diamond, more of a blue square.
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Northernlights1 (Dec 8, 2018 at 8:53)
I agree a good chunk of this trail is green but ridden at speed it’s a blue.
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rickythunder (Oct 31, 2018 at 7:40)
My favorite trail in McDowell, fast flowy súper fun. Check my video in YouTube
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Tanman34 (Jan 1, 2018 at 12:29)
Sweet Trail! Quite easy but fun and fast. One of the few trails in the area that you can really open up on
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slakka (Dec 28, 2017 at 20:36)
Good place to bring a pregnant woman who wants to ride a bike and look at cactuses.
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Tanman34 (Nov 10, 2017 at 8:37)
Awesome trail that is perfect for racing! This trail Is home to NICA, MBAA, and Cactus cup races. Not much for tech challenge but some good climbing
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pennamefreedom (Nov 2, 2017 at 17:35)
Trail Sport Loop
What a great ride! Great length for families and beginners, varied terrain but nothing too tricky. My favorite loop here!
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DrHog (Nov 25, 2015 at 12:38)
Trail Scenic
Worthy sidetrip from Pemby for some climbing and views.
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Route Sections

1 Stage 1
2 Stage 2
3 Stage 3

Trails in Route

Pemberton (E)4,209 ft
Tonto Tank3 miles
Pemberton (SW)4,626 ft
Bluff2 miles
Granite1 mile
Pemberton (E)3,255 ft
Shallmo Connector230 ft
Pemberton (NE)4,692 ft
Scenic2 miles
Cinch3,238 ft
Escondido Trail1,198 ft
Access Road2,185 ft
Mcdowell Access1,102 ft
Sport Loop2,470 ft
Technical Loop4,797 ft

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  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for 2020 Cactus Cup Enduro mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,621 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,621 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,673 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -41%
  • Grade min
    33.8%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Cinch
Sep 13, 2022 @ 6:56am
Sep 13, 2022
Damp. Rain 2 nights ago
Pemberton (SW)
Aug 28, 2022 @ 4:35pm
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Pemberton (E)
Aug 28, 2022 @ 4:35pm
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Aug 28, 2022 @ 7:46am
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Aug 28, 2022 @ 7:46am
Aug 28, 2022
Trail is in great shape. Dry but its the desert. The saguaros that are down are off trail, sad to see the big guys down.
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