10.6 miles
Distance
545 ft
Climb
-590 ft
Descent
2,770 ft
High Point

A fun 10 mile loop, with the climbing part at the beginning, and fun descents down Cloudburst and Hawknest.

Detailed Description
Cloudburst Loop Short is a 11 mile less popular intermediate route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 13 trails. This route climbs 545 ft with a max elevation of 2,770 ft then descends -590 ft.
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19 Reviews & Comments

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Ampfrog (Jan 3, 2022 at 22:47)
Definitely full of bike park berms, but short and not nearly as fun as Hawks or High Desert in the downhill directions. Also, no indication this should be ridden downhill on trail, caution for those riding up.
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Ceasarmm (Dec 10, 2021 at 18:21)
Hawknest trail, either direction is fun and flowy. South to north is not strenuous at all as some others described. North to south, yes more fun and flowy but either way, we had so much fun in both direction…check it out, not technical but it is a great trail for all levels!
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Ceasarmm (Dec 10, 2021 at 18:21)
Hawknest trail, either direction is fun and flowy. South to north is not strenuous at all as some others described. North to south, yes more fun and flowy but either way, we had so much fun in both direction…check it out, not technical but it is a great trail for all levels!
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Gesose (Apr 24, 2021 at 9:44)
Fast, flowy, not technical. Fun.
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Gesose (Apr 24, 2021 at 9:44)
Fast, flowy, not technical. Fun.
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thebyus (Apr 6, 2021 at 10:45)
If your grandparents ever told you about having to walk to school, uphill in both directions, it's because they took Hawkes Next to get there. Rode it from the North, expecting a nice descent, like West Express, and did not get it. It is nice and flowy, but you go up almost as much as you go down.
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thebyus (Apr 6, 2021 at 10:45)
If your grandparents ever told you about having to walk to school, uphill in both directions, it's because they took Hawkes Next to get there. Rode it from the North, expecting a nice descent, like West Express, and did not get it. It is nice and flowy, but you go up almost as much as you go down.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 17:58)
Easy entrance trail that links to many of the trails in this system. Can get pretty congested here so check your speed for sure.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 17:58)
Easy entrance trail that links to many of the trails in this system. Can get pretty congested here so check your speed for sure.
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twowheeledwanderer (Feb 5, 2020 at 18:27)
I love a good xc pedal and this is one of the best in Phoenix. It has great flow and awesome views twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-phoenix-arizona
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twowheeledwanderer (Feb 5, 2020 at 18:27)
I love a good xc pedal and this is one of the best in Phoenix. It has great flow and awesome views twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-phoenix-arizona
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DrHog (Jan 22, 2020 at 17:04)
Well built trail that has a nice flow and keeps you turning. North to south is my favorite (downhill).
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DrHog (Jan 22, 2020 at 17:04)
Well built trail that has a nice flow and keeps you turning. North to south is my favorite (downhill).
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mikeberry41 (Dec 22, 2019 at 12:31)
Best ridden from the South to Northwest. Probably the fastest/most fun downhill run in the preserve. Super clean and the berms are built up super high to really carve into turns
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Clutch-Cargo (Oct 6, 2019 at 18:50)
This trail has been formally named "Cloudburst"
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:52)
5/5 stars of sweet twisty flow!
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:52)
5/5 stars of sweet twisty flow!
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:50)
5/5 stars sweet, sweet flow!
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TC-FLOWCLYDE (May 8, 2019 at 21:50)
5/5 stars sweet, sweet flow!
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Cloudburst Loop Short mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,301 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,345 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,300 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -16%
  • Grade min
    11.9%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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