6 miles
Distance
496 ft
Climb
-453 ft
Descent
00:44:17
Avg time

Gadsden Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #45858 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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.

More Stats for Gadsden bike trail
  • Altitude change
    42 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,047 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,264 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
  • Avg time
    00:44:17
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Status:
on Aug 18, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 2 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Gadsden Trail Reports

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      Aug 18, 2018 @ 9:43am
      Aug 18, 2018
      I read the other reports but still felt the need to try this trail...ugh! If you enjoy flat and riding through washes over and over and over...
      Jan 31, 2018 @ 4:42pm
      Jan 31, 2018
      Avoid this trail unless you like riding sandy wash portions a lot. It's also fairly boring compared to toothacher. Next time I will make a loop...
      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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 19 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 14 rides
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      PIR to FINS
      19 miles
      footrace
      10 miles
      Up and Around
      11 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      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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