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Sweetwater Trail System

Intermediate
 4.4 (115) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

2,680' 817 m

High

2,467' 752 m

Low

479' 146 m

Up

479' 146 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

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.
AKA: Bitter Rocks Preserve

Description

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.

Official trail map can be found here: webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/S…

Contacts

Shared By:

Evan Olson with improvements by Britt Adams and 1 other

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  4.4 from 115 votes

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  4.4 from 115 votes
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Photos

Towering saguaros.
Mar 30, 2016 near Tucson…, AZ
Fat biking through fat saguaros.
Feb 10, 2018 near Flowing…, AZ
Having fun within the fields of Arizona cactus.
Feb 10, 2018 near Flowing…, AZ
A must ride when in Tucson! Sweet ride along Saguaros at the Sweetwater National Preserve.
Mar 30, 2016 near Flowing…, AZ
Enjoy beautiful singletrack in Sweetwater Preserve – just make sure to avoid the cholla!
Feb 17, 2017 near Flowing…, AZ
Riding among the saguaros.
Feb 10, 2018 near Flowing…, AZ

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May 2, 2021
Eyung Gov
Apr 11, 2021
James Douglas
Mar 28, 2021
Brian Beckner
Excellent trail system!! LOVED IT!! 11.1mi — 1h 19m
Mar 21, 2021
Julie Butler
Fun and flowy. Nothing too technical 10.5mi — 1h 30m
Feb 27, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Feb 11, 2021
Chris S
Jan 29, 2021
Lisa Munsch
Sweet water has lots of cactuses. Hiked and biked it. Good intermediate ride. Near neighborhood 12mi
Jan 17, 2021
Woody Feffer
We are on gravel bikes so take this as it is. Redtail trail is too much for an unsuspended bike but we still really enjoyed the ride — 1h 59m