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Gooseneck-Pemberton Lollipop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice exploration of the Central McDowell Sonoran Preserve.


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15.2

Miles

24.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

2,633' 803 m

High

2,387' 728 m

Low

599' 182 m

Up

599' 182 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This is a lollipop loop using the Gooseneck Trail, part of the Pemberton Trail and the Saguaro Nest Trail. The trails are nice, well-groomed singletrack (mostly decomposed granite surface) without any difficult obstacles and with lots of twists. The scenery of the Tom's Thumb area is beautiful.

Need to Know

The Fraesfield Trailhead has free parking and restrooms, but no water. The route begins at the north end of the trailhead area, near the shade structure.

Description

The route begins at the Fraesfield Trailhead and follows the Gooseneck Trail south and then east before crossing Rio Verde Dr. (watch for traffic.) The Gooseneck Trail meanders south, then east, and then south some more heading towards the Tom's Thumb Trailhead. Sunlight reflecting off the cars at the trailhead are visible in the distance much of the way.

After 6.5 miles, the Gooseneck Trail ends at the Rock Knob Trail. The Tom's Thumb Trailhead is to the right. The route goes to the left and follows the Rock Knob Trail downhill to intersect the Pemberton Trail.

The route follows the Pemberton Trail north for 2.25 miles to Granite Tank (also known as Jackass Junction). From here, the County Park Connector Trail goes NNE for 0.5 miles to intersect with the Saguaro Nest Trail. The route turns right and follows the Saguaro Nest Trail north, then east, then SE, until it arrives back at the Gooseneck Trail.

From here, the route is back the way it came, mostly gently downhill back to the trailhead.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

Shared By:

Tom Riddle

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 3 votes

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Photos

Pemberton Loop, starting from the Tom's Thumb Parking Lot on the west side, running clockwise.
Dec 10, 2017 near Rio Verde, AZ
Dodgin' cholla on Gooseneck Trail
Mar 11, 2015 near Rio Verde, AZ
Cruisin' down Rock Knob Trail
May 27, 2014 near Rio Verde, AZ
Enjoying the view
Dec 27, 2020 near Rio Verde, AZ
Trail Jct.
May 24, 2021 near Rio Verde, AZ
Trail Junction
May 22, 2021 near Rio Verde, AZ

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Jul 8, 2022
David Demlong
Good trail, not horribly difficult. Some steep sections and a very narrow singletrack with drop offs. Otherwise a fun ride. 15.4mi — 2h 06m
Feb 14, 2022
Liz McClure
Throughout this description please note that wherever it says EAST, it should be WEST.
Dec 20, 2021
Thomas Antles