47 miles
Distance
10,723 ft
Climb
-10,724 ft
Descent
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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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for McDowell Madness mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,612 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,613 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,613 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -49.561%
  • Grade min
    69.574%
  • Distance climb
    21 miles
  • Distance down
    21 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
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  • Camping Camping
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      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

      traildateconditiondescription
      Boulder
      Jan 7, 2019 @ 8:47am
      Jan 7, 2019
      Windmill
      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
      Horseshoe
      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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