12 Best Mountain Bike Trails in Scottsdale for Locals

Mountain Bike Trails in Scottsdale for LocalsScottsdale may be a bustling hub of business activity, but it still offers those who crave outdoor adventure a chance to get away from it all. In fact, thanks to its proximity to places like Granite Mountain and the McDowell mountain range, living in Scottsdale real estate often gives locals quick access to the best mountain bike trails in Scottsdale.

Take a closer look at a dozen of the best of these trails by reading on.

Browns Ranch to Granite Mountain

This is not actually one specific track but a series of options that will have you exploring the top of Granite Mountain in many interesting ways.

Take the Browns Ranch Road until you reach Powerline 2, then you can head to the relatively short 4.5 mile Granite Mountain trail route. The entire trip out and back is 14 miles filled with moderately technical sharp turns and rock features.

Pemberton Loop

Pemberton Loop is one of the most popular mountain biking trails near Scottsdale. It is not difficult, but lengthy at 15 miles. It can also be biked clockwise or counter-clockwise, but most people go clockwise to enjoy the double track widening near the peak of the trail, allowing for a brisk downhill sprint back to the parking lot.

Granite Mountain Loop

Driving directly to the Granite Mountain Loop allows you to bypass the lengthy 10-mile Browns Ranch Road stretch and enjoy a quick but moderately challenging jaunt around the mountaintop.

Ringtail Loop to Taliesin Point

Located along the southern part of Scottsdale Mountain, Ringtail Loop to Taliesin Point is easily accessible from the Lost Dog trailhead and provides several breathtaking lookout points to pause and soak in the view.

Coachwhip Trail Loop

This lengthy 20 mile jaunt takes you through some of the best and less-traveled side paths near the Pemberton Loop. Getting the full experience is tricky, so make sure you follow these detailed biking directions.

Black Canyon Trail

For those looking for a challenging long-distance trail, look no further than the extensive 77.7 mile Black Canyon Trail system. You can ride the whole thing, or choose from many out-and-back or point-to-point paths to fit within your day.

Gateway Loop

The Gateway Loop is a short but extremely challenging 4-mile loop filled with steep climbs and rocky sections. Luckily, it also has water and bathrooms nearby to keep you rested and hydrated.

Hawksnest Stagecoach Loop

The Hawksnest Stagecoach Loop is the opposite of Gateway — 20 miles long, but never too strenuous.

Phoenix Mcdowell/ Wingate Pass/ Bell Pass

This nine-mile trail quickly becomes challenging thanks to its many steep, rocky climbs.

Sunrise Mountain

Sunrise Mountain is a relatively new 10-mile trail that offers lots of gorgeous views. It is quite exposed to the sun, though, so bring lots of water and try to arrive early in the day.

Taliesin / Quartz Loop

Singletracks provides detailed directions for this fun and moderate 7-mile trail that ascends a section of Taliesin Trail and winds around a local golf course.

Whiskey Bottle Trail

Whiskey Bottle Trail ascends Fraesfield Mountain before finishing at the Power Line #2 trail.

Finding Scottsdale Real Estate Near the Best Biking Trails

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