21.3 miles
4,305 ft
-4,355 ft
3,035 ft
High Point

Great 21 mile loop in the McDowell's for a little bit of everything. Very tough climbs, some fun descents & technical terrain. A little bit of everything!

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Trails in Route

Lost Dog Wash1.9 miles
Sunrise Trail7.3 miles
Andrews-Kinsey Trail8.0 miles
Dixie Mine Trail6.3 miles
Thompson Peak1.0 miles
Prospector4.3 miles
Bell Pass (North side)2.9 miles
Windgate Pass10.0 miles
Gateway Loop4.7 miles
Paradise4.8 miles
Quartz4.2 miles
Lost Dog Wash9.4 miles


  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for McDowell's climbing training suffering route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,652 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,775 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,726 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9.5 miles
  • Distance down
    10.7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.1 miles
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Sunrise Trail
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Jan 11, 2014
Quick rip after work

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Windgate Pass
Mar 24, 2017 @ 6:44pm
Mar 24, 2017
Great doable climb with great rewards on the descent
Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:28pm
Dec 30, 2016
WOW no real trail any more - washed out in summer 2016 monsoon.. LOTS of rocks... almost to the point of not being fun anymore Major erosion (major ruts or slumping, large boulders and roots exposed due to erosion)
Gateway Loop
Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:20pm
Dec 30, 2016
Lots of loose rock on exposed rock trail! Fun ride - lots of others on trail (hikers/runners) that some pay attention and others do not so be careful around corners. East side has some serious rocks (had to pick my bike up a few times) but you won't see me on any highlight clip LOL. Views of the city are amazing and now I know why people hike it at sunset... Major erosion (major ruts or slumping, large boulders and roots exposed due to erosion)
Andrews-Kinsey Trail
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:42am
Dec 27, 2016
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