3 miles
Distance
499 ft
Climb
-48 ft
Descent
00:22:01
Avg time

Quartz Details

  • Riding Area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • 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
    #27274 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    00:22:01
  • Avg reverse time
    00:17:45
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Status:
on Jan 11, 2019
Variable
Avg: 3.75 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • 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 or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Directions to quartz-14796 trailhead (33.620460, -111.864380)
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      Quartz Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Jan 11, 2019 @ 9:08am
      Jan 11, 2019
      Hero dirt....and the path through the the washes is worn back in for now.
      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 7, 2018 @ 6:32am
      Sep 7, 2018
      Bigger ruts at the top after the monsoon season...
      Dec 3, 2017 @ 2:33pm
      Dec 3, 2017
      Oct 28, 2017 @ 1:18pm
      Oct 28, 2017
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 96 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 373 rides
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      Photos

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      Jan 29, 2017 @ 9:27pm
      Jan 29, 2017
      Quartz, Fountain Hills
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      Jan 29, 2017 @ 9:26pm
      Jan 29, 2017
      Quartz, Fountain Hills
      70 |
      Jan 29, 2017 @ 9:26pm
      Jan 29, 2017
      Quartz, Fountain Hills
      61 |
      Dec 24, 2016 @ 4:07pm
      Dec 24, 2016
      Quartz, Fountain Hills

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