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Sweetwater Trail System

Intermediate
 4.3 (94) 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 Unknown

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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.

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.

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Shared By:

Evan Olson

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 94 votes

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  4.3 from 94 votes
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Photos

Towering saguaros.
Mar 30, 2016 near Tucson…, AZ
Riding among the saguaros.
Feb 10, 2018 near Flowing…, 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

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Jun 27, 2020
Tom Stutsman
7.7mi — 1h 00m
Jun 21, 2020
Tom Stutsman
7.7mi
May 24, 2020
Steven Marzan
if first time, use your GPS, and set you "where's my car" becon...lol 11.7mi — 1h 58m
Apr 27, 2020
Becky Quinn
4.6mi — 1h 37m
Mar 15, 2020
Haleigh Powell
Feb 29, 2020
Chris Aesoph
Beautiful flow to this trail.
Feb 25, 2020
Nadine Avis
7.7mi — 11h 00m
Jan 24, 2020
reuben bel
7.8mi