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McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Northern Region

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ELECTRIC BIKES PROHIBITED, more info here: scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve.

Recommended Routes in McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Northern Region - 5

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Favorite Ride past Balanced Rock for a unique and epic experience!
Intermediate

Brown's Ranch Perimeter Loop

15.5 mi 24.9 km 629' Up 191.72 m Up 629' Down 191.63 m Down

Carefree, AZ
Favorite Spectacular Saguaro!
Easy/Intermediate

The Long Way Around

18.1 mi 29.1 km 689' Up 210.04 m Up 689' Down 210.11 m Down

Carefree, AZ
Favorite Dodgin' cholla on Gooseneck Trail
Easy/Intermediate

Gooseneck-Pemberton Lollipop

15.2 mi 24.4 km 599' Up 182.48 m Up 599' Down 182.45 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ
Favorite Looking east at thee Superstitions.
Easy/Intermediate

Preserve Perimeter Loop

30.5 mi 49.1 km 1,133' Up 345.31 m Up 1,132' Down 345.07 m Down

Carefree, AZ
Favorite Large Saguaro.  There are many of these along the loop.
Easy/Intermediate

West Side Loop

19.5 mi 31.3 km 706' Up 215.08 m Up 705' Down 215.01 m Down

Carefree, AZ

McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Northern Region Biking

  • 212 Miles 342 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 42 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 6 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Northern Region - 43

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12.1 mi 19.5 km #1Hawknest Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ 23 
4.6 mi 7.5 km #2Granite Mountain Loop Trail
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ
Intermediate
Rio Verde, AZ 19 
6.1 mi 9.9 km #3Latigo Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
Carefree, AZ 12 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Cow Poke Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
Carefree, AZ
1.3 mi 2.2 km #5North Diablo Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Carefree, AZ 12 
4.7 mi 7.6 km #6Axle Grease Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
Carefree, AZ
3.1 mi 5.0 km #7Cholla Mountain Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Carefree, AZ 13 
1.5 mi 2.5 km #8South Diablo Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Carefree, AZ 10 
2.4 mi 3.8 km #9Chuckwagon Trail
Easy
Carefree, AZ
Easy
Carefree, AZ
4.3 mi 7.0 km #10High Desert Trail
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ
Intermediate
Carefree, AZ

Photos of McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Northern Region - 54

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Ride past Balanced Rock for a unique and epic experience!
Feb 10, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Awesome desert views abound throughout Brown's Ranch.
Feb 27, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Big saguaros greet you along the Renegade Trail.
Feb 10, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Brown's Ranch
Dec 16, 2019 near Carefree, AZ
Cruise the buff singletrack along the perimeter of Brown's Ranch for a great time!
Feb 7, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Making the turns on Cholla Mtn Loop.
Jun 2, 2016 near Carefree, AZ
Spectacular Saguaro!
Mar 4, 2019 near Carefree, AZ
Enjoy a fun-filled, twisty ride with scenic desert vistas in Brown's Ranch.
Feb 27, 2017 near Carefree, AZ