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Sport Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 198' 60 m
Descent: -200' -61 m
High: 1,780' 542 m
Low: 1,620' 494 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by C R John

A fast-rolling racetrack loop at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

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There is a $6.00 per vehicle entry fee to get into the park.

Description

Built in 1998 for the Cactus Cup Race, The Sport Loop is the easiest of the three competitive loops. As with the other loops, this is considered a one-way race track, not to be followed by those on a leisurely wildflower-sniffing trip through the desert. Don't let the competitive moniker scare you off. It's rarely crowded, so you wont be elbowing for position with other hikers. The one-way direction makes it so there may be a dozen cars in the parking lot, yet you may not see anyone else on the trail.

It starts off with an easy uphill to get maybe 100 feet of elevation with a minor rocky patch here or there. From the Double Dip sign it's mostly a rolling, swooping trail through the Sonoran desert. There may be a wash or two to climb out of, but the loop is mostly a twisting, rollicking, roller coaster, even getting in a little half-pipe action on some of the wash runs.

After just a few rocks on the initial climb, the trail is about as smooth as you're going to find in the area, mostly hard-pack or crushed granite. It's well worn-in with banked corners and some washboarding. It is a good trail for competent beginners—even the energetic youngster—yet without real technical hazards to expose overconfidence.

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Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

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Mar 26, 2019 near Fountai…, AZ

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