Golder Ranch Trail System

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  3.9 from 9 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 5 votes
Rank: #8 in the Tucson area
#41 in AZ, #910 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Catalina,
“This is a popular combination of trails departing from the Golder Ranch Trailhead.”
Evan Olson on Jan 5, 2014
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11.117.8 milesKilometers 1,123’342 m Ascent 3,555’1,084 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
85% Singletrack -1,122’-342 m Descent 3,121’951 m Low 19% Max Grade (11°)
State Land, Permit Required.
2:00 average time for 9.9 miles. Details

The Golder Ranch Trail System has a wide variety of trails that can be ridden. They range from beginner to advanced. This route is a popular combination and is suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.
Need To Know
Open Range. Make sure to yield to any horses.
Start out on the Arizona 50 Year Trail heading Northeast from the Parking lot. Stay right and you'll come to a trail marker with "The Chutes" on it. Continue right and you'll arrive at the top of a white sandy hill. This is the beginning of The Chutes, a fun flowy mostly downhill section of trails. Beginners can ride the Chutes as long as caution is exercised as there are a few spots that are quite steep and have sharp turns. There are a few different routes through the Chutes. Stay straight until you reach the 50 year trail you came in on and take a left. This will bring you back to the top of the hill.

The next section is Upper 50 to the Jem Trail. This is intermediate to advanced depending on which sections you decide to hike-a-bike. Head down but stay to the right. There will be a fork that will take you through Upper 50. The first section of this trail is quite technical and most riders will be hiking up several sections. Once you get to the top stay left to take the Jem trail down which is a semi-technical descent with some fun terrain features that can be taken if desired. Jem will drop you out about halfway through the Chutes. Follow the trail back up to the top of the hill yet again.

The final section is Middlegate Trail. Head east from the top of the hill and you'll come to a barbed wire gate. Open it and proceed through making sure to close it once you are through. The ascent up to Middlegate is has some technical sections but is mostly just climbing. Once you reach the top prepare for a fun and fairly technical descent down to the 50 Year Trail Segment. Stay left and you'll end up back at the parking lot.
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4.6 (9)
An amazing trail traversing from the top of Mt Lemmon to the bottom.
near Oro Valley, AZ
4.4 (8)
Easy trail for those that have some endurance.
near Oro Valley, AZ
4.3 (3)
A hard extension to the Honeybee Canyon Loop.
near Catalina, AZ

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PHOTOS of Golder Ranch Trail System
  4.0 from 1 vote
Shoots Portion of the 50 year trail (Catalina, AZ)
  3.0 from 4 votes
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  3.0 from 4 votes
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  3.0 from 4 votes
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  2.8 from 4 votes
"The Chutes" (Catalina, AZ)