3 miles
Distance
499 ft
Climb
-48 ft
Descent
00:24:18
Avg time

Quartz Details

  • Riding area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year round
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Quartz Trail is a popular hiking and biking trail for McDowell Mountain Ranch residents, and can also serve as an access trail into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It is often linked with Taliesin Trail to make a short loop. Quartz is the more difficult of the two trails, both in rockiness and grade. Parts of Quartz follow a large natural wash, so use caution when riding in flash flood season. Quartz links to Paradise Trail to branch out into the Gateway trail area, and also links to Lost Dog Trail, for access into the Lost Dog trail area.

Access Info

To begin at the published start point, park at the Westworld trailhead and make your way along the Westworld trail (really a gravel road) underneath Thompson Peak Blvd and look for trail signs pointing left across the golf course. An alternate start point and parking area is at the park/pool at 105th St and Queenswreath Lane.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Quartz mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    451 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,508 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,000 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,518 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,970 ft
  • Grade
    3.036%
  • Grade max
    -22.74%
  • Grade min
    34.491%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1,003 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,732 ft
  • Avg time
    00:24:18
  • Avg reverse time
    00:17:45
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Status:
on Dec 3, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 3.6 (5 votes)

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Quartz Trail Reports

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Dec 3, 2017 @ 2:33pm
Dec 3, 2017
Oct 28, 2017 @ 1:18pm
Oct 28, 2017
Oct 3, 2017 @ 8:01pm
Oct 3, 2017
Sep 27, 2017 @ 9:26pm
Sep 27, 2017
Clear and little traffic, could use some work to close off dead end sucker trails
Aug 26, 2017 @ 1:21pm
Aug 26, 2017
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Jan 29, 2017 @ 9:27pm
Jan 29, 2017
Quartz, Fountain Hills
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Jan 29, 2017 @ 9:26pm
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Quartz, Fountain Hills
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Jan 29, 2017 @ 9:26pm
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Quartz, Fountain Hills
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Dec 24, 2016 @ 4:07pm
Dec 24, 2016
Quartz, Fountain Hills

Routes with this trail

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