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Sweetwater Trail System

 4.4 (60)

7.5 Miles 12.1 Kilometers



533' 162 m


-532' -162 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (5°)

2,680' 817 m


2,466' 752 m


Shared By Evan Olson


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

Evan Olson

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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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Jul 10, 2018
Alejandra Coronel
Jun 28, 2018
Kaiden K
awesome 7.5mi
Jun 19, 2018
Amanda Heady
Gorgeous terrain, rocks to practice navigating 7.5mi
Jun 2, 2018
Jack Hewitt
It's a beautiful spot. The riding is pretty rocky and not for a new rider. We got there very early, which was good because it gets very crowded on the 5mi
May 19, 2018
Brooke Brown
Apr 21, 2018
Fernando Lopez
Mar 26, 2018
Matthew Vane
Great trail. Only one technical portion. Lots of roller coaster humps 15.1mi
Mar 24, 2018
Jordan Ames
Sessioned chunky sections. Much stronger on Lost Arrow. Made runner fall.. 11.8mi

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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
Robert Lewis runs both and also These are not community or club websites, but his own personal ones, aimed at promoting his business. Some people have had a good experience with his tour and rental services. Many have not. Jan 9, 2018
This is one of Tucson's finest trail systems. lots of options for nice flowing trails to technical. Mar 5, 2018

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