27 miles
4,824 ft
-4,823 ft
3,035 ft
High Point

A loop around the McDowells. Starts on the west side so I don't have to drive out to Fountain Hills!

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Sonoran3 miles
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Windmill5,233 ft
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Desert Park3 miles
Horseshoe3,501 ft
Gateway Loop1 miles
Paradise1 miles
Quartz2 miles


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  • Route Type
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for West to East McDowell Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,508 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,518 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,518 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Layers winter
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Sunrise Trail
Sunrise Trail
14:17 | 30 | comments: 0 | favs:
Feb 14, 2018
Sunrise Trail
Sunrise Trail
9:17 | 266 | comments: 1 | favs:
Jan 11, 2014
Quick rip after work

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Old Jeep
Mar 11, 2018 @ 4:39pm
Mar 11, 2018
Lost Dog Wash
Mar 11, 2018 @ 4:34pm
Mar 11, 2018
There was an orange bucket and pick axe at the start of the trail. Seems like they did some clean up. Looks like they added/maintained some shallow drainage dips along the trail.
Mar 6, 2018 @ 3:45pm
Mar 6, 2018
Lots of rocks and loose stuff. Watch the cactus.
Desert Park
Mar 4, 2018 @ 5:09pm
Mar 4, 2018
Gateway Loop
Mar 2, 2018 @ 6:09pm
Mar 2, 2018
Trail is typical Arizona dry. Still pretty Rocky and the recent rains may of loosened it up a bit. Tough climb to the top but I made it..
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