Pemberton Trail Loop

MODERATE 39 reviews

Pemberton Trail Loop is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.8 miles
830 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



no shade

mountain biking
10 months ago

What a beautiful trail. Not too busy. Im not very happy with the 2 older lady horseback riders who literally demanded I stop for them sooner than I did. Total Divas. Queens are for England, not America! But, it was a Great workout. Just when you're about fatigued, you get some great downhill speed and maneuvering. Highly recommend.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our first attempt at mountain biking and it was great! Clockwise gave us a well deserved downslope! Dont try this on a hybrid bike. My scraped leg is proof of that.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

We rode MTBs from Toms Thumb trailhead to this loop and back ! nice ride

mountain biking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

This is a fantastic trail for any level. I've been on this trail several times and prefer the clockwise direction. There are a couple of steeper climbs that a beginner will probably have to walk up, but the long descent makes it all worth the effort. Fun!

mountain biking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Easy MTB Loop, gentle long climb and a super fun fast downhill! Great desert views!

mountain biking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Awesome half day ride. Take the time to stop and enjoy the views!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

We mountain biked this trail counter clock wise and it was incredible! I am a beginner. One of my friends is intermediate and he loved it too. The whole second half was a long smooth downhill cruise. If you are looking for a more adrenaline downhill then I recommend going clockwise. The whole loop took us about 3 hours breaking frequently the first half of the trail.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Nice trail for a distance hike or trail running. We were hiking it cause we are trying to do all of the new Maricopa trail. Very pretty views all the way around. A lot of mt bikes.

mountain biking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

We took Bell Pass Trail to the Bell Pass Saddle, which got quite steep towards the top and carried our bikes up the last 0.8 miles. Nice quick descent over the other side, lots of single track and not a soul in sight. Followed the signs to Pemberton Trail. A++ ride.

Follow link to video of the ride on YouTube if interested:

mountain biking
Monday, November 02, 2015

Harder than expected. Down hill was amazing.

mountain biking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Great mountain biking! Quick gradual down hill second half if you go clockwise!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Did this trail on a mountain bike. Great trail with minimal rocks. Best to go clockwise and you will have a quick fun windy downhill--watch for big cows. Loved this ride.

mountain biking
Friday, February 06, 2015

Riding counter clockwise, you pedal up the slightest incline for about 5 miles, before the terrain starts to roll and wrap up with a few miles of fast down-hill. Not a difficult trail for a mountain bike but you will enjoy the ride. Additional trail options have increased the distance to about 19 miles if you should choose to take'em.

See video of the last-half of the trail, speeding though the downhill side:

mountain biking
Friday, October 31, 2014

Came down from Tom's Thumb trail head, fun ride downhill, bit of a challenge going back. Very beautiful scenery.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

great trail to ride my bike. i really recomend this trail...

mountain biking
Monday, March 10, 2014

Actually used cycleX bike twice now. Lots of fun. Maybe a little to easy for a mountain bike challenge but scenic with wildlife and fast.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Flat and very easy. Length is the only challenge.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

This is a beautiful trail in the spring, when the wildflowers are out.

mountain biking
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Fun roller coaster singletrack. Not much elevation gain. Decent but short technical loop. Sport loop is great for beginners or more experienced riders who could get some adrenaline going if they wanted to.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wonderful trail for Mtn. biking! Great scenery surrounded by the McDowell Mtns. and high desert. Located on the NE edge of Scottsdale / Ftn. Hills and out of the Phx. Smog. 16 miles of a variety of conditions....a great ride! Good climbs and fun downhill runs.

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