6 miles
Distance
496 ft
Climb
-453 ft
Descent
1,264 ft
High Point

Gadsden Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Maricopa County Park

Historically Gadsden was a Horse trail that followed a sandy wash and was terrible for cycling. However, the trail has been rerouted along and across the wash and rides really well from the Northeast start at Butterfield all the way to the Coldwater intersection and the short hop to Toothaker. Do not try to ride the section between Toothaker and Pedersen, it is too sandy and a waste of time. If you are accessing the trail from the Southwest, better to access it from Toothaker via upper Pedersen.

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More Stats for Gadsden mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    42 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,047 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,106 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,148 ft
  • Grade
    0.122%
  • Grade max
    -18.813%
  • Grade min
    12.599%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,220 ft
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on Nov 7, 2015
Avg: 2 (4 votes)

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Gadsden Trail Reports

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Nov 7, 2015 @ 9:19pm
Nov 7, 2015
Great easy to intermediate mountain bike trail punctuated by about 10 harrowing, rock-strewn approaches to sandy washes. The summer 2015 storms...
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flag RemHawes (Nov 7, 2015 at 21:27)
 Great easy to intermediate mountain bike trail punctuated by about 10 harrowing, rock-strewn approaches to sandy washes. The summer 2015 storms really blasted them. I had to walk most of them, which was fine. Except for the about 1/4-mile stretch of the trail in the sandy, rocky wash to get to the terminus of the Butterfield Trail, it was an enjoyable intermediate ride. I took the Butterfield Trail back to the trailhead, which was glorious, well-designed, and overall downhill ride all the way.
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