Pemberton – McDowell Mountain Regional Park



The 15.3 mile trail has been altered within the last year. There used to be a very rocky climb and the middle section was filled with fun whoop de doos. Both of these sections have been removed. The trail starts with a short gradual decline to a 4 mile very gradual climb. Then it hits the new section with mostly flat riding. The last 8 mile section is my favorite. It is a double track that you can average about 19 mph. This section then runs into a fast twisting single track section and back to the parking lot. The trail is marked fairly well. This is another trail I like to ride when I feel like hammering out some miles as fast as possible. I recommend this trail to beginners, but remember it is 15.3 miles long. Also, it is a great trail for sightseeing, so don’t let it all just fly by.


Take Shea Boulevard to Fountain Hills Boulevard. If coming from the east valley, take the Beeline Highway to Shea and turn left to find Fountain Hills Boulevard. Once on Fountain hills Boulevard head north on and follow road through Fountain Hills and into desert. The street will turn into McDowell Mountain Road. About 4 miles down, the park will be on the left. Take the main road to Shallmo Drive, turn right and follow it to the parking area. The trailhead is located in the south/west corner of the parking lot. There are trail maps available at the park entrance. There is a $6 fee per car at the park entrance.

Skill: Beginner
Effort: Easy-Medium
Type: Loop
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
Mileage: 15.3

Pemberton Trail Photos

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About Racerx

An Arizona native, Jeff has been mountain biking and racing since 1997. A father of 2 awesome children Ryder and Skylar. He is the owner of Excelnet Media, an Internet Marketing company.


  1. I was very disappointed the last time I did this trail. There is no terrain left. It is like riding a smooth dirt road. I like to do it counterclockwise to ride up the sand and get the lungs pumping for 6 miles. The best thing is that the fee keeps the crowds out.

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