47 miles
10,723 ft
-10,724 ft
3,792 ft
High Point

This route goes over all the passes & saddles in the McDowell Mtns. including all 3 trails to Tom's Thumb!! These trails are rugged, loose and steep in sections. You WILL Hike-a-bike. This is an all day ride and no water is available on route. Plan accordingly. This route is only recommended during the cooler months, preferably Nov. - Feb.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for McDowell Madness mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,612 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,613 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,613 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    21 miles
  • Distance down
    21 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
McDowell Mtn, AZ (POV)
McDowell Mtn, AZ (POV)
6:41 | 52 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jan 29, 2016
DH Specialized, RockShox, Fox, RaceFace, ODI, Freeride, Freerider, Rocky. Sundown. McDowell, Mountian, Sonoran, Trail Preserve Mountains. North...

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Sep 1, 2018 @ 7:44am
Sep 1, 2018
Hiking Gateway access and currently on windmill. Really nice trail secluded. I do not have a mountain bike but if I did, I think this would be a great trail!
Windgate Pass
Sep 1, 2018 @ 7:04am
Sep 1, 2018
Hiking the trail this morning. Agree with the comment about a lot of hiking if you’re heading east. Almost all uphill. Most mountain bikers are also hiking
Aug 12, 2018 @ 6:47am
Aug 12, 2018
Storms last week have left some washovers and deep ruts.
Mar 6, 2018 @ 3:45pm
Mar 6, 2018
Lots of rocks and loose stuff. Watch the cactus.
Bell Pass DH
Mar 2, 2018 @ 6:05pm
Mar 2, 2018
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