10.6 miles
2,332 ft
-2,372 ft
2,653 ft
High Point

Short but steep route to do when it's not hot.

Detailed Description
Cathedral City loop is a 11 mile moderately popular expert route located near Cathedral City California. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 2,332 ft with a max elevation of 2,653 ft then descends -2,372 ft.
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9 Reviews & Comments

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tttyyler (Dec 6, 2021 at 11:23)
Trail Cathedral
I rode up this on my ebike on the way to Art Johnson and it was difficult, but more fun than the road. I think almost all of it is rideable, save the loosest switchbacks toward the bottom, but I dabbed and dismounted several times on my first attempt. I'll definitely be back.
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Michelle19 (Aug 13, 2021 at 12:52)
We walked a lot. As previously stated by other, good traction, mostly wide trails, each steep section last about 25 yards before flattening out a bit to prepare for the next incline. We were breathing hard but the views were beautiful and the downhill was scary but fun.
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Thebeave (Apr 6, 2021 at 21:54)
Worth the climb. First .8 mile is pretty challenging. Hard bumpy slab w some BB sized sand spread on top. After 1.3 miles it is much better until the last steep burst at 2.5 miles. Im in good shape (52 VO2max) yet took 48 mins. couldn’t clean every section. Nice Breeze blowing once up there
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thechipsareahoy (Feb 7, 2020 at 20:06)
Trail Cathedral
Fun trail. Starts with a short techy climb followed by tight switchbacks, a fast and flowy middle section and then more switchbacks with loose rock and exposure. All is rideable (apart from one or two switchbacks for me) and a much better way to get down rather than riding Dunn road.
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aobbard (Apr 11, 2019 at 11:39)
First 1.5 miles is the stiffest, but traction is always good. And the going gets cooler/breezier, and the vegetation more interesting, the higher you go. If you're unfamiliar with the area the TH is not intuitive- yes, it really is up that rinky-dink wash next to the house.
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clarkhubbs22 (Feb 2, 2019 at 22:56)
Really steep grade to climb at first. Then it mellow out and a steady climb to the top. Completely worth the descent trails like hans or cat canyon descent.
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Cbake (Dec 30, 2018 at 17:00)
Great DH trail! Beautiful scenery, nice narrow flowy singletrack. Well worth the climb up Dunn Rd
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backinmysaddle (Nov 23, 2018 at 16:44)
There is nothing easy about this trail, but hey, it’s either up Dunn Rd or up and over Whitehorse from the Goat Trails if you want to get up to the good downhill trails like Art Smith and Hahn Buena Vista. It’s an hour if you are in good shape, more like 80-90 minutes for mere mortals. Lots of off camber and loose sections, you’ll likely be walking a bit too!
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backinmysaddle (Nov 23, 2018 at 8:52)
Trail Cathedral
This used to be harder to find, there is a nice sign now when you return back to Dunn Rd from having ridden HBV. A bit of a climb and some hike a bike to begin, but then some nice ripping down the open ridgeline before you drop into some narly descent down to the base of the canyon. Some technical stuff on the descent, with loose fist sized rocks, a steep fall if you exit the trail and some tight switchbacks. A fun way to head down for sure.


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More Stats for Cathedral City loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -40 ft
  • Altitude min
    703 ft
  • Altitude start
    743 ft
  • Altitude end
    702 ft
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,324 ft
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Nov 23, 2020 @ 1:05pm
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Trail is mostly in good condition - very dry with some loose rock and sand in sections. If descending, pay attention to water culverts crossing the trail - some are quite deep and wide. If riding up, first 1.5 miles are quite steep, but then gets a bit easier. Beautiful desert views from the top
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