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Sweetwater Trail System

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7.7 Miles 12.4 Kilometers



479' 146 m


-479' -146 m



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2,680' 817 m


2,467' 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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Mar 24, 2019
Tom Pihl
6.5mi — 0h 55m
Mar 24, 2019
Tony Martin
Mar 23, 2019
Tom Pihl
10.4mi — 1h 30m
Mar 16, 2019
Edmundo Samaniego
6.9mi — 58h 40m
Feb 26, 2019
Czar Huang
Jan 27, 2019
Val Ellwein
Fun, easily rideable on ht 24mi
Jan 23, 2019
Richard Schmiedeke
Desperado is a fun flowing easy singletrack. The sweetwater loop is pretty technical in spots which are blue/blacks. Mostly blue and blue/green.
Jan 21, 2019
Jeff Smith
Easy fun trail system close to town. Busy with a lot of walkers, especially on the trails closer to the parking lot. Has a few rock gardens. 10.1mi

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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
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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