Canada del Oro

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  5.0 from 2 votes
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Rank: #1 in the Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley area
#14 in AZ, #456 Overall
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Trail in the area near Catalina,
“One of the only Tucson area trails running along a water source.”
Vernie Aikins on May 13, 2013
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8.413.6 milesKilometers 51’16 m Ascent 8,356’2,547 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -3,868’-1,179 m Descent 4,540’1,384 m Low 29% Max Grade (16°)
This one can't be ridden on its own - you'll have to make a day out of it. See CDO for a description of how to get to the start of this one.

The Canada del Oro spends many miles riding along the creek and crossing it. This trail is the true definition of backwoods. It is a seldom traveled trail that is lightly marked. There are a few techy spots mixed in here and there but overall it is a great flowing trail through the deep oaks of Mt Lemmon.

The wash crossings are the trickiest spots and be mindful when crossing them to keep your eyes open for cairn's marking the entrance and exits. There are many sections of this trail that will leave you smiling ear to ear as you swoop through the oak trees or open fields of wildflowers.

Take your time to pack a lunch and find a nice waterfall to enjoy while on the trail. The water here is also filterable so if you need to, filter away. Dont forget to take a minute once you get out of the deep trees to look back at the top of Mt. Lemmon and see how far you have already descended off the mountain.

There will be one junction on Canada del Oro with Red Ridge trail (signed), and you'll go to the left here. It will be the natural direction the trail flows anyway and you may never even see the junction. Don't be too worried if you don't spot it. Keep heading north from there along what will become a somewhat unrideable rock-filled wash until you come to the Gap Road. The Gap road marks the official end of Canada del Oro Trail.
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4.6 (9)
An amazing trail traversing from the top of Mt Lemmon to the bottom.
near Catalina, AZ
4.1 (19)
An easy ride for those that have some endurance.
near Oro Valley, AZ
3.9 (9)
This is a popular combination of trails departing from the Golder Ranch Trail...
near Catalina, AZ

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PHOTOS of Canada del Oro
  3.6 from 5 votes
Views are just to good. (Catalina, AZ)
  3.4 from 5 votes
One of the many creek crossings. (Catalina, AZ)
  3.3 from 4 votes
Great Views from C.D.O. (Catalina, AZ)
  3.3 from 4 votes
Some of the great backwoods ST to be had. (Oracle, AZ)
  3.0 from 5 votes
Great place to be during wildflower season. (Oracle, AZ)