22.9 miles
Distance
1,614 ft
Climb
-1,653 ft
Descent
2,438 ft
High Point

Nice long ride with a few very technical areas - about 100' total of possible hike/bike

Detailed Description
Cactus Cup 40K (23M) Ride is a 23 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Fountain Hills Arizona. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 22 trails. This route climbs 1,614 ft with a max elevation of 2,438 ft then descends -1,653 ft.
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57 Reviews & Comments

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Jaredshredsagain (Oct 7, 2022 at 21:02)
This should be updated to ebike yes.
Ebikes are allowed in mcdowell regional park.
Ebikes are not allowed in mcdowell Sonoran preserve. This trail is entirely in mcdowell regional park.
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Jaredshredsagain (Oct 7, 2022 at 21:02)
This should be updated to ebike yes.
Ebikes are allowed in mcdowell regional park.
Ebikes are not allowed in mcdowell Sonoran preserve. This trail is entirely in mcdowell regional park.
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spennelly (Nov 11, 2022 at 12:23)
I can confirm this is true, I called Mcdowell Mountain Regional Park today and they said eBikes (class 1) are allowed.
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spennelly (Nov 11, 2022 at 12:23)
I can confirm this is true, I called Mcdowell Mountain Regional Park today and they said eBikes (class 1) are allowed.
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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 11:35)
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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KevinSmithZA5 (Dec 30, 2021 at 15:19)
Trail Long Loop
The description for this trail is a bit misleading…there are long grinding, Rocky uphills, and mostly short and sketchy downhills. This trail was a test Of endurance and skill on loose rocks. Felt mostly like climbing and not so much flowing at all
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KevinSmithZA5 (Dec 30, 2021 at 15:19)
Trail Long Loop
The description for this trail is a bit misleading…there are long grinding, Rocky uphills, and mostly short and sketchy downhills. This trail was a test Of endurance and skill on loose rocks. Felt mostly like climbing and not so much flowing at all
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KevinSmithZA5 (Dec 30, 2021 at 15:19)
Trail Long Loop
The description for this trail is a bit misleading…there are long grinding, Rocky uphills, and mostly short and sketchy downhills. This trail was a test Of endurance and skill on loose rocks. Felt mostly like climbing and not so much flowing at all
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Pjchecky (Sep 11, 2021 at 18:51)
Trail Long Loop
Completely blown out. This trail used to be fantastic but unfortunately with the monsoons this year it is destroyed. The majority of the uphill‘s have 2 foot deep ruts right down the middle. On the down hills and flats you find a lot of soft sandy areas. It’s too bad because this was a great trail. After today I will not be riding it anymore unless it gets some serious maintenance. But it will take a lot to put this trail back together.
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Pjchecky (Sep 11, 2021 at 18:51)
Trail Long Loop
Completely blown out. This trail used to be fantastic but unfortunately with the monsoons this year it is destroyed. The majority of the uphill‘s have 2 foot deep ruts right down the middle. On the down hills and flats you find a lot of soft sandy areas. It’s too bad because this was a great trail. After today I will not be riding it anymore unless it gets some serious maintenance. But it will take a lot to put this trail back together.
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Pjchecky (Sep 11, 2021 at 18:51)
Trail Long Loop
Completely blown out. This trail used to be fantastic but unfortunately with the monsoons this year it is destroyed. The majority of the uphill‘s have 2 foot deep ruts right down the middle. On the down hills and flats you find a lot of soft sandy areas. It’s too bad because this was a great trail. After today I will not be riding it anymore unless it gets some serious maintenance. But it will take a lot to put this trail back together.
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Augustus-G (Jul 5, 2021 at 18:52)
Trail Long Loop
This is part of a 3 trail Competitive Course. It is primary purpose is for competitive XC riders training and racing and is a great course for just that. MBAA, NICA & the Cactus Cup Race on these trails. The last thing that it needs is to be reduced to lowest common denominator. It's not for the casual flow trail rider. Calling it a POS because it's not a Green Flow trail is disingenuous.
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Augustus-G (Jul 5, 2021 at 18:52)
Trail Long Loop
This is part of a 3 trail Competitive Course. It is primary purpose is for competitive XC riders training and racing and is a great course for just that. MBAA, NICA & the Cactus Cup Race on these trails. The last thing that it needs is to be reduced to lowest common denominator. It's not for the casual flow trail rider. Calling it a POS because it's not a Green Flow trail is disingenuous.
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Augustus-G (Jul 5, 2021 at 18:52)
Trail Long Loop
This is part of a 3 trail Competitive Course. It is primary purpose is for competitive XC riders training and racing and is a great course for just that. MBAA, NICA & the Cactus Cup Race on these trails. The last thing that it needs is to be reduced to lowest common denominator. It's not for the casual flow trail rider. Calling it a POS because it's not a Green Flow trail is disingenuous.
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thebyus (Apr 28, 2021 at 8:52)
Trail Long Loop
There are a LOT of great trails at Ft McDowell, but this ain't one of them. There is about a 30 foot section of "flowy" in the bottom of a creekbed. otherwise it is short steep downs, followed by steep ups, with a slightly downhill ridge ride that is covered in rocks. It would be nice and flowy, if not for all of the rocks. Skip this and go ride almost anything NORTH of the entrance road.

And if you REALLY want flowy, go ride Escondido clockwise, or head up to Granite Mountain and ride 136th St. Express, Renegade, Branding Iron, the East Side of Granite Mountain Loop, or Brown's Ranch and run Maverick, and Chuckwagon, or Pima and hit Axle Grease, Hawks Nest or West Express. With so much GOOD riding in the area, don't waste time on this POS.
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thebyus (Apr 28, 2021 at 8:52)
Trail Long Loop
There are a LOT of great trails at Ft McDowell, but this ain't one of them. There is about a 30 foot section of "flowy" in the bottom of a creekbed. otherwise it is short steep downs, followed by steep ups, with a slightly downhill ridge ride that is covered in rocks. It would be nice and flowy, if not for all of the rocks. Skip this and go ride almost anything NORTH of the entrance road.

And if you REALLY want flowy, go ride Escondido clockwise, or head up to Granite Mountain and ride 136th St. Express, Renegade, Branding Iron, the East Side of Granite Mountain Loop, or Brown's Ranch and run Maverick, and Chuckwagon, or Pima and hit Axle Grease, Hawks Nest or West Express. With so much GOOD riding in the area, don't waste time on this POS.
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thebyus (Apr 28, 2021 at 8:52)
Trail Long Loop
There are a LOT of great trails at Ft McDowell, but this ain't one of them. There is about a 30 foot section of "flowy" in the bottom of a creekbed. otherwise it is short steep downs, followed by steep ups, with a slightly downhill ridge ride that is covered in rocks. It would be nice and flowy, if not for all of the rocks. Skip this and go ride almost anything NORTH of the entrance road.

And if you REALLY want flowy, go ride Escondido clockwise, or head up to Granite Mountain and ride 136th St. Express, Renegade, Branding Iron, the East Side of Granite Mountain Loop, or Brown's Ranch and run Maverick, and Chuckwagon, or Pima and hit Axle Grease, Hawks Nest or West Express. With so much GOOD riding in the area, don't waste time on this POS.
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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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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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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 9:07)
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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Alvarado8 (Nov 28, 2020 at 8:36)
Trail Long Loop
This trail has everything for a awesome XC ride, also take the small bridge as the climb shortly after is much easier that way than the alternate
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Alvarado8 (Nov 28, 2020 at 8:36)
Trail Long Loop
This trail has everything for a awesome XC ride, also take the small bridge as the climb shortly after is much easier that way than the alternate
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Alvarado8 (Nov 28, 2020 at 8:36)
Trail Long Loop
This trail has everything for a awesome XC ride, also take the small bridge as the climb shortly after is much easier that way than the alternate
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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 8:32)
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 8:32)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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outbackwack (Nov 29, 2018 at 21:21)
Trail Long Loop
A mix of flowy single track, rocky sections, washes and rollers. Good for testing all abilities. Some plants are growing into the trail in spots so don't get stabbed.
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outbackwack (Nov 29, 2018 at 21:21)
Trail Long Loop
A mix of flowy single track, rocky sections, washes and rollers. Good for testing all abilities. Some plants are growing into the trail in spots so don't get stabbed.
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outbackwack (Nov 29, 2018 at 21:21)
Trail Long Loop
A mix of flowy single track, rocky sections, washes and rollers. Good for testing all abilities. Some plants are growing into the trail in spots so don't get stabbed.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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