Sycamore Creek Pretzel Run

EASY 2 reviews
#100 of 113 trails in

Sycamore Creek Pretzel Run is a 11 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fort McDowell, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.0 miles
1095 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




horseback riding

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving


wild flowers


washed out

Sycamore Creek is lots of fun, can haul butt in the wide sandy bottom creek bed. There is an easier way in, this is the hard way, and you come out further North on the 87 than any other Sycamore Creek run starting at Bush Hwy that I've seen. . The Pretzel is a 1/4 mi challenge that circles from the Sycamore creek bed around an impassable pile of boulders. From there, can connect to fr 1851 to Srv Rd 402 to hwy 87.

off road driving
3 months ago

Downloaded the GPX for this run. Seen it on a couple of other websites. The first 1/3 of the trail was packed with people staging their UTV's and dirt bikes along with scores more people who utilize the area for target shooting off the main trail. We made it to the river bed with some people camping and more UTV's. Stay to the right. Tons of off chute trails to go down. It offers tons of winding sandy road. There was only 1 uphill climb that was a little sketchy but with the proper line, not an issue. Overall, made it in and out within 1hr.

2 months ago