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Sweetwater Trail System

 44 votes

7.5 Miles 12.1 Kilometers



533' 162 m


-532' -162 m


2,680' 817 m


2,466' 752 m



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A beautiful introductory ride through some of the most beautiful singletrack in Tucson.

Evan Olson


The Sweetwater Trail System has many trails and loops that be ridden in different orders and in different directions. This route seems to be the most popular. It is mostly easy terrain with a few intermediate sections throughout to keep things interesting. This is a multi use trail so keep an eye out for hikers and horses.


This route starts out on the Saguaro Vista Trail and continues through to the Sun Circle Loop then to the Black Rock Loop. It then continues up Lost Arrow Trail to Red Canyon Trail, Red Tail Ridge and back to the start on Wildflower Ridge Trail.

Saguaro Vista Trail: Easy singletrack through classic Arizona desert.

Sun Circle Loop: Short and Easy Loop to add some mileage.

Black Rock Loop: Fun loop that has a short intermediate climb and accompanying downhill section.

Lost Arrow Trail: Sustained climb that is somewhat challenging for a beginner.

Homestead Trail: Easy singletrack with a little elevation change.

Red Canyon Trail: Intermediate route that bypasses the majority of the Homestead Trail.

Wildflower Ridge: Fun mostly downhill route back to the trailhead.


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Nov 11, 2017
Javier Bruges
I tried all trails and were amazing. Really difficult to dominate fully but when you stop to find a way and suddenly the sitescene hit you it is th… 7.5mi
Nov 4, 2017
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Oct 22, 2017
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Ashur Davoudikia
Hot outside today- need to hit this trail earlier 6mi
Oct 8, 2017
Charlie Melk
Awesome! 10mi
Sep 26, 2017
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Jul 5, 2017
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For beginner or beginner intermediate I would take a left at the trail map kiosk and ride Desperado. Almost no rocks and a roller coaster flow of a ride awaits. If you are not use to riding on scree about 10 inches from a saguaro I would stick to Desperado. Enjoy the cholla and ocotillo cacti. Nov 20, 2016
This may be the best trail system in all of Tucson. East side is flowy, up and down and ideal for beginners. The west side is rocky, craggy and a real technical challenge. Find out more about this course at BikeTucson. Get exact directions and check out videos at If you have anyone coming to Tucson, Tucson Bike Rentals ( is the last shop renting bikes. Aug 28, 2017
Sweetwater is centrally located in Tucson and is an outstanding trailhead. Volunteers of local biking clubs and organizations have done excellent work with Sweetwater. IF you like the technicality of this trail, you will appreciate Starr Pass. If you like the beginner side of Sweetwater, you would really like Honebee Canyon is beautiful Oro Valley. BikeTucson,com ranks this tops in Tucson. Sep 10, 2017

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