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greenBlue Pemberton Loop Trail

Trail

15.6 mile 25.1 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 790' 241 m
Descent: -787' -240 m
High: 2,476' 755 m
Low: 1,828' 557 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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A long, scenic, desert hike on singletrack and jeep road.

Tom Dobson

Features Birding · Cave · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

There is a small park fee to enter the park. maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell

From the trailhead, you can start the loop in either direction at the west end of the parking lot. This description is based on hiking the loop clockwise.

As you leave the parking lot, you'll hike on easy hard packed sand trail for about a quarter mile and cross over the main road. Once over the road, the trail starts in earnest with an awesome section that rolls down through several large, sandy washes and passes the trails that cut across the loop (Granite Trail, Tonto Tank, etc).

After passing Pemberton Pond, the trail makes a righthand bend and starts a long, lazy climb up a rocky slope before leveling out (mostly) to run past the Dixie Mine Trail and Coachwhip Trail which lead further into the McDowells.

After Coachwhip, the trail becomes more rolling as you cruise up, down, and around the terrain, across several washes, and past the other end of the Granite and Tonto Tank trails.

A little past the half-way point, the trail takes a hard right turn and switches to a jeep road with a downhill tilt.

Once you cross the main road again, you're in the home stretch. The last mile or two is desert brush running down the windy trail back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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