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XTERRA McDowell Mtn Trail Run 15 Mile

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15.4 mile 24.8 kilometer loop
97% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,242' 379 m
Descent: -1,239' -378 m
High: 2,432' 741 m
Low: 1,826' 556 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Shannon Lindner

A gradual climb into the McDowell Mountains with a blistering fast finish.

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Overview

The XTERRA McDowell Mountain features a 15-mile long course for the more endurance-oriented runners which winds out the Pemberton Trail and climbs up towards Dixie Mine. Don’t forget to check out the cholla forests and fields of beaver tail cacti.

Description

Runners will take the Pemberton Trail clockwise to Dixie Mine. Here, there is a short out and back to the park boundary. Continue on Dixie Mine to Coachwhip. Then it's back to Pemberton at mile 10 continuing clockwise. Take a right turn down Tonto. Cruise back to Pemberton one more time and head left to the finish.

If you aren't up for the full 15-mile check out the shorter 7k course which is, well, scenic. I mean, the trail is called the Scenic Trail. Following a counterclockwise loop, this rocky trail will keep you on your toes.

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Sonoran Desert
Dec 2, 2018 near Fountai…, AZ
Sonoran sunset.
Mar 26, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
Top end of Tonto Tank Trail.
Mar 26, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
This sign is at the start of the parking lot.
Jul 9, 2019 near Rio Verde, AZ
View toward Fountain Hills fountain and Red Rock mountain.
Mar 26, 2019 near Fountai…, AZ

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