On January 10th 1998 McDowell Park opened the 1st of 3 loops of a new
competitive track at the park. Today, the track offers three loops totaling 15
miles: one for the experts, one for intermediate riders, and one for the
average rider. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the riders
skills. The track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical
descents, and rugged terrain. This competitive track is geared for mountain
bikers who want to test their skills as riders. Joggers and equestrian riders
are welcome to give the track a try too. The Long Loop of the track was
designed for the average rider but is used by all. The Sport Loop is for
intermediate riders and experts. The Technical Loop is for the expert rider.
This portion of the track offers swooping turns, very technical descents, and
Construction of the track began with a
generous donation from Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. Numerous volunteer
groups including the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona, Boy Scouts of
America, Girl Scouts of America, Greenway Middle School National Honor Society
and various other volunteers have worked to construct the track loops. The
Parks and Recreation own construction crew installed the parking lots, access
roads and other support facilities.
The McDowell Mountain Competitive Track
was the site of the 1998 and 1999 Cactus Cup Race. Over 2,500 racers
participated in the 1998 Cactus Cup race. Over 30,000 spectators watched the
event. The track will continue to be the race site of many competitive events
McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40 miles of hiking, mountain
biking, and horseback riding trails. Park Trails range in length from 0.5 miles
to 15.3 miles and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Those looking for
an easy hike should try the North Trail at 3.1 miles. Those looking for a good
workout for themselves or their horses should try the Pemberton at 15.3 miles.
Always remember to carry plenty of water and let someone know where you are
All trails are
multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to
practice proper trail etiquette.
Always remember to carry plenty of water
and let someone know where you are going.