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Golder Ranch Trail System


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

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3,555' 1,084 m


3,121' 951 m


1,123' 342 m


1,122' 342 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (11°)

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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.


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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Exploring several of the trails in the Tucson Area.
Feb 14, 2018 near Catalina, AZ
About to go down The Chutes!
Mar 30, 2016 near Catalina, AZ
The trails at Golder Ranch are incredible, especially the Middlegate Trail seen here.
Jan 13, 2016 near Catalina, AZ
A lot of big Rocks to play with on these trails.
Mar 30, 2016 near Catalina, AZ
It's easy to do a quick out-and-back loop, but 50 Yr Tr  will reward the explorer who's willing to seek out b- c- and d-lines along the way.
Dec 29, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
Gem trail is a "Gem".
Dec 13, 2019 near Catalina, AZ


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Apr 18, 2021
James Douglas
Feb 3, 2021
Lisa Munsch
This trail has the chutes. very fun and flowing. North east of city do best to to on the was to phoenix. 9mi
Jan 6, 2021
Kevan H.
Pretty fun until I couldn't unclip pedal and fell on prickly pear. Amazing terrain; a bit more HAB than I would prefer .
Nov 11, 2020
Lynn Mattie
May 30, 2020
Matthew Bohm
Jan 1, 2020
James Bishop
Quite a few awkward step ups and washes on the outer gem and middle gate parts of the loop that may be tough for beginners but tons of fun! 12mi
Aug 31, 2019
Cindy Nolting Munroe
Mar 31, 2019
Edmundo Samaniego
Excelent..lots of variety for all levels 9mi — 1h 06m