2 miles
26 ft
-1,207 ft
Avg time

Bell Pass DH Details

  • Riding area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • AKA
    Bell Pass Trail
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year round
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Not for the timid, Bell Pass offers a steep and very rocky descent. There are very few drops of more than a foot, but the upper half of the trail is relentlessly rocky making a good full suspension bike almost a necessity. There is no smooth line through it, and the best you can do is minimize the beating until the pitch gradually lessens and the rocks begin to space out some. The upper portion has some switchbacks, and most are rideable with skill and practice. No one rides this trail uphill. The trail is popular with hikers, especially on weekends.

Access Info

To ride this trail as a downhill, you are going to need to summit the pass from the east side of the McDowells. The most common route to Bell Pass is by first climbing Windgate Pass Trail, starting down the east side, and then turning right onto Bell Pass Trail for the climb up to the pass. You can also access the trail from Prospector Trail, which is often tied together with Dixie Mine Trail and Sonoran Trail when circumnavigating the McDowells.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bell Pass DH mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,181 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,011 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,192 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,192 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,011 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    314 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    665 ft
  • Avg time
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Avg: 3.15 (8 votes)

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Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:50pm
Apr 26, 2015
Bell Pass DH, Scottsdale

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag Tanman34 (Nov 9, 2017 at 6:36)
 I have ridden this uphill first 3/4 mile is rideable then some hiking after that
  • + 1
flag happyboyc (Nov 29, 2017 at 15:39)
 Did a huge 19 mile loops starting at lost dog trailhead and this was the golden moment... I think the description is pretty accurate ... Zero flow, nice and chunky, some drops but nothing big just old school gnar, Loved it.

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McDowell Mtn, AZ (POV)
6:41 | 52 | Jan 29, 2016 , Fountain Hills
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