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 steep inclines.
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 each year.
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 going.
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.