2 miles
Distance
444 ft
Climb
-15 ft
Descent
00:19:27
Avg time

Taliesin Details

  • Riding Area
    McDowell Mountain
    Fountain Hills, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year round
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #22851 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Taliesin is a fairly mellow access trail into the larger McDowell Sonoran Preserve, or a good neighborhood ride if you live in the area. It makes a nice shorter loop when combined with Quartz trail. The trail has some rocky sections, but overall this is one of the easiest trails in the Preserve.

Access Info

You can catch it at the indicated start point on the map, but the closest trailhead is Westworld. Alternatively, start from the golf course parking lot at 105th St and Sheena.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Taliesin bike trail
  • Altitude change
    430 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,540 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,970 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,540 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,970 ft
  • Grade
    3.446%
  • Grade max
    -3.985%
  • Grade min
    19.033%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    809 ft
  • Distance flat
    198 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:27
  • Avg reverse time
    00:13:02
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Status:
on Oct 24, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.8 (9 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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

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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
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      Taliesin Trail Reports

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      Oct 24, 2018 @ 9:44am
      Oct 24, 2018
      Most all of the damage has been ridden back into shape!
      Oct 19, 2018 @ 8:43am
      Oct 19, 2018
      Lower areas, with some wash out changes due to rains, makes the trail more interesting. Since the rains, wash out water damage change the rock...
      Oct 4, 2018 @ 5:06pm
      Oct 4, 2018
      Took a bit of damage from recent rains
      Jun 17, 2018 @ 5:22am
      Jun 17, 2018
      Jun 15, 2018 @ 4:49am
      Jun 15, 2018
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 99 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 511 rides
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag Scooter1969 (Dec 20, 2016 at 21:02)
       2.5 miles (dirt with some rocks) from base to apex at sustained grade. Been my training hill... 1st time in June took me 45 minutes and 4 rest breaks - now my best is 24 min no breaks and still not in lowest gear. Downhill is FAST on slick rocky slope so make sure brakes are good!
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      • + 0
      flag Tanman34 (Dec 31, 2017 at 7:01)
       Great trail to connect to lost dog and sunrise. Mellow gradients and minimal rocks(by McDowell standards) make for a great scenic climb to the viewpoint. Still not a suitable trail for nervous beginners
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