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Golder Ranch Trail System

 4.2 (24)

11.1 Miles 17.8 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

1,123' 342 m

Ascent

-1,122' -342 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

3,555' 1,084 m

High

3,121' 951 m

Low

Shared By Evan Olson

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This is a popular combination of trails departing from the Golder Ranch Trailhead.

Evan Olson

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

State Land, Permit Required.

Overview

The Golder Ranch Trail System has a wide variety of trails that can be ridden. They range from beginner to advanced. This route is a popular combination and is suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

Need to Know

Open Range. Make sure to yield to any horses.

Description

Start out on the Arizona 50 Year Trail heading Northeast from the Parking lot. Stay right and you'll come to a trail marker with "The Chutes" on it. Continue right and you'll arrive at the top of a white sandy hill. This is the beginning of The Chutes, a fun flowy mostly downhill section of trails. Beginners can ride the Chutes as long as caution is exercised as there are a few spots that are quite steep and have sharp turns. There are a few different routes through the Chutes. Stay straight until you reach the 50 year trail you came in on and take a left. This will bring you back to the top of the hill.

The next section is Upper 50 to the Jem Trail. This is intermediate to advanced depending on which sections you decide to hike-a-bike. Head down but stay to the right. There will be a fork that will take you through Upper 50. The first section of this trail is quite technical and most riders will be hiking up several sections. Once you get to the top stay left to take the Jem trail down which is a semi-technical descent with some fun terrain features that can be taken if desired. Jem will drop you out about halfway through the Chutes. Follow the trail back up to the top of the hill yet again.

The final section is Middlegate Trail. Head east from the top of the hill and you'll come to a barbed wire gate. Open it and proceed through making sure to close it once you are through. The ascent up to Middlegate is has some technical sections but is mostly just climbing. Once you reach the top prepare for a fun and fairly technical descent down to the 50 Year Trail Segment. Stay left and you'll end up back at the parking lot.

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Jun 15, 2018
Czar Huang
Jun 6, 2018
Czar Huang
Mar 27, 2018
Michael Shaw
Mar 18, 2018
Patrick Freel
6.8mi
Mar 10, 2018
Jordan Ames
Chutes x2. Great ride. Fell in Cholla from stall. 9mi
Mar 9, 2018
melissa uland
Rode this trail system in combination with the 50 year loop. There's lots of intersections, but great trails, in great shape, and very fun to ride. 20mi — 3h 30m
Jan 12, 2018
Ryan H
8.6mi
Jul 16, 2017
Benjamin Doeckel

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  4.2 from 24 votes

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I think I rode this, but I had no idea where I was. There are no signs. I just headed toward the NE corner of the area. The Chutes are, eh, as I stated in my other review. The Upper 50 was pretty sweet. Seems like the only area worth coming to this network for. There is quite a variety of technical drops, rollers, and other features. Some of them are extreme. You will find yourself scooting down some rollers on your butt if you aren't confident enough to ride them, a humbling experience. Kinda a bummer that you have to ride several miles of the dreaded "flow" trail maze to get to and from this area. Feb 14, 2014
There is more to getting to the Chutes than "Head NE and stay to the right". Follow the GPS because there are other trails crossed, as well as some cow paths. There is one section about 1.5mi in that gets more twisty, with some tight rock turns and a few roller drops that some may consider more technical. The only signs out there mark the 50yr trail. And the Chutes are a blast. Dec 11, 2016

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