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Mountain Biking in Fountain Hills with some awesome scenery

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Pemberton | 1 comment

Mountain Biking in Fountain Hills with some awesome scenery

MILES:  15

Difficulty:  Easy to Medium

Here is a great trail in the beautiful city of Fountain Hills, Arizona.  If you haven’t taken the mountain bike out to Pemberton (home to many races throughout the year such as the dawn to dusk), you are missing out.  This is one of the best trails you will every find, with different technical skills across all levels of ability.

The Pemberton trail is 15.2 miles from start to finish but the variation in the map below is my favorite way to ride it with some sweet single track sections.  Start out on Pemberton trail in the normal direction (south) and then head West on Granite Trail, until you hit Bluff Trail, then take Bluff Trail and join Pemberton after about four miles.  This is smooth and fast with some gradual easy climbing.  Once you hit Pemberton head left (South) and connect to Coach Whip.  This is a great trail that will take you all the way over to Windmill and Windgate Pass if you are feeling daring, and up to the saddle with a sweet view of the entire city.  In the trail below, I took Coach Whip over to Dixie Mine and then connected back to Pemberton.  Coach Whip and Dixie Mine give you some great climbs with some fast and rocky down hill sections.  The rocks can be a bit much for some, but trust me….it’s worth it.

This trail will take you back down to Pemberton Trail, and then back down to where it all started.  Taking the trail this time of year (January-March) will give you some of the best scenery anywhere down here in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Fountain Hills, with great views of boulders, saguaro’s, wild flowers and fast single track.

If you finish Pemberton and feel like adding on some distance, try to get over to the competitive tracks at the entrance to the park.  There are several different trails at the competitive loops with “Easy”, “Mid-Level” or “Difficult”  levels of technical skills required.



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Lost Dog Trail & Taliesin Lookout Mountian Bike Trail

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Lost Dog and Taliesin Lookout | 0 comments

Lost Dog Trail & Taliesin Lookout Mountian Bike Trail

Miles:  9

Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult

This is a fun quick little mountain bike trail that runs right through the middle of Mcdowell Mountain Ranch Community (my favorite real estate and homes for sale in Scottsdale).

Start at the Paradise Trail Head (or connect through the back side of the Windgate Trail Center, and take Paradise Trail back to Lost Dog Trail (which is directly behind Cimarron Hills).  Follow the Lost Dog Trail all the way up to the Taliesin lookout for great views of the entire city of Scottsdale.  The trail can be a bit rocky, but the climb is not too long and is manageable and very well marked.  Clip in and get ready for a bumpy bone rattling ride down.

You can stay on the Lost Dog Trail all the way back to the Lost Dog trail head on the other side of the Mcdowell Mountains and from there have access to other great trails, such as Sunrise and Ringtail.  These are fun trails, but will require a bit more time.  Bring water!

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