Arizona Mountain Biking: Cycling Pemberton Trail McDowell Mountain Park Mountain Bike Ride – Fountain Hills, Arizona


Cycling Arizona’s Pemberton Trail McDowell Mountain Park Mountain Bike Ride “At a Glance”

Difficulty: Moderate
Average time: 1:10:00
Ride Mileage: 1-20 miles
Climbing Elevation: 729
Type of ride: Rolling
Road / Mountain: Mountain


Pemberton is a great ride for bikers of all levels.

MOUNTAIN BIKING ARIZONA – The Pemberton Trail in the McDowell Mountain Park is an awesome looped mountain bike ride. It is about 2/3 singletrack and 1/3 jeep road. Biking jeep roads is always way cool.

Most mountain bikers ride the course counter clockwise. The 1st half of the ride is a steady rolling gradual uphill climb with some awesome single track. The backside of the ride, get ready for a fun ripping decent. Just point your bike downhill and let it roll.

Pemberton Trail: Home of Dawn to Dusk Mountain Bike Race

The course is home to the Dawn to Dusk mountain bike race that is held the first part of December. The event is awesome and worth doing solo or as a team. The race fills up fast so get registered early.

As you are tearing up the trail don’t forget to take in the views. The desert beauty of the McDowell Mountain Park is what Arizona mountain biking is all about.

There is a fee to enter the park. The park offers RV parking and camping. Exploring the Pemberton Trail is worth the trip.

Pemberton Mountain Bike Trail Video

Pemberton Mountain Bike Trail is pretty easy. Most of the trail is smooth rolling. There is nothing technical on the trail at all. Riding clockwise, the first 5 miles is a gradual climb with a couple rocky sections. After mile 5 to about mile 9 is mostly rolling smooth singletrack, gradually uphill. From mile 9 to about mile 13 is smooth, gradual downhill, where you can maintain about 20 mph with very little effort. From mile 13 to the end is mostly smooth twisty singletrack with a gradual downhill. So, if you make it to mile 9, you can pretty much make it the rest of the way without much effort. This is a great Phoenix/Scottsdale mountain bike ride for groovers of all levels.

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