Posts Tagged "mountain biking"

Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve Desert Park and Windgate Trail

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Windgate Trail Center | 1 comment

Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve Desert Park and Windgate Trail

Miles:  12

Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Looking for an amazing trail out on the mountain bike?  Start here!  Begin the trail at the Mcdowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve Windgate Trail center and from here take your choice on getting up the hill.  I started along Desert Park Trail in the video below and rode out through DC Ranch and Silverleaf to see some of the priciest real estate for sale in North Scottsdale.  Follow Desert Park through some flat and scenic trails (million dollar views and houses surround you) and you will go under the road and end up at the park with a nice lake if you want to take a quick  pit stop.  Continue up Desert Park Trail (under the next bridge) and the start heading up the Mcdowell Mountains.  You will stay on this gradual climb for about 3.5 more miles until you eventually get to the connection to Windgate Trail.  From here, check out some awesome views of North Scottsdale.  Continue up the trail to Inspiration Point or up to Windgate Pass to get up and over the mountain and connect over to Pemberton mountain bike trail in Fountain Hills if you are feeling adventurous and full of energy (you will need it to get back over the mountain remember).  Beware – do this on a weekend and you are playing “Frogger” the entire way back down to the Windgate Trail Head.

From Windgate Pass saddle to Inspiration point it starts getting rocky and steep so get your granny gear ready.  If you don’t feel like making the rock climb, keep going on Windgate Trail and connect back over to the trail center and for some extra distance, keep going around Windgage trail for about 2 miles or so and you will eventually see a sign that will connect over to Paradise Trail.  You can take Paradise Trail over to Taliesen and Lost Dog if you are looking for extra mileage and can’t get your fix for rock climbing.

 

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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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