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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Trails in Route

Quartz3 miles
Lost Dog Wash4,564 ft
Old Jeep1 miles
Ringtail2,470 ft
Sunrise Trail2 miles
Andrews-Kinsey Trail2 miles
Promenade Trail3,888 ft
Sonoran3 miles
Dixie Mine Trail2 miles
Coachwhip4,423 ft
Windmill5,233 ft
Windgate Pass2 miles
Desert Park3 miles
Horseshoe3,501 ft
Gateway Loop1 miles
Paradise1 miles
Quartz2 miles


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  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • 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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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
McDowell Mountains, Arizona, USA
McDowell Mountains, Arizona, USA
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Oct 8, 2018
Sunrise Trail
Sunrise Trail
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Feb 14, 2018
Sunrise Trail
Sunrise Trail
9:17 | 302 | comments: 1 | favs:
Jan 11, 2014
Quick rip after work

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Oct 4, 2018 @ 5:06pm
Oct 4, 2018
Any part in a creek bed has been decimated by all the rain and is not worth riding right now - needs some trailwork love in a major way.
Sep 1, 2018 @ 8:04am
Sep 1, 2018
Trail predictably dry. Hiking it today. Very pretty.
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
Jun 17, 2018 @ 5:22am
Jun 17, 2018
Rideable, but falls short of being paradise.
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