Honeybee Canyon Loop

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Trail

16.8 Miles 27.1 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

802' 244 m

Ascent

-803' -245 m

Descent

3,654' 1,114 m

High

2,957' 901 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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An easy ride for those that have some endurance.

Hillary Mathis

Overview

DO NOT park along Miravista Lane. Parking there will result in loss of access to from Oracle Road completely. Park along Oracle Road and ride in.
This is a great ride for beginners, as long as you can handle the distance. The terrain is very smooth. All the gradual climbing that you think will never end results in a fast, fun downhill for the second half of the ride.

As of October 1, 2016, trailhead entrance is changing (Rancho Honeybee entrance is closed to bikes and hikers).

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As of Oct 1, 2016, the trailhead entrance is changing (Rancho Honeybee entrance is closed to bikes and hikers).

Description

The majority of this trail is smooth, hard-packed dirt. The ride starts off going uphill, but it's barely noticeable, except for the fact you can't figure out why you aren't going as fast as you think you should. The trail winds through the desert and cactus.

After 2 miles, you'll cross over the original powerline road that you started on. The singletrack continues on the other side of the road. There are a few other road crossings, and you follow a short section of the road for a short bit. There are no signs marking the trails, so stick close to the GPS route or use the MTB Project mobile app. The turn around point is a windmill and after all the "climbing" that you did, you are treated to a fast, smooth downhill all the way back to the power line road where you'll take a right and head back out the way you came in.

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May 4, 2017
Jose Perez
May 2, 2017
Michael Cutshall
18.5mi
Apr 30, 2017
Michael Funk
Got turned around a few times since it was unmarked. Need to go back to fully conquer it. 12.5mi
Apr 9, 2017
Orien McGlamery
Mar 30, 2017
Ryan Malone
Mar 18, 2017
John Perona
This trail seems to be totall fenced off now Could find now way to get there from meravista
Mar 4, 2017
al florez
Feb 24, 2017
Jeff W.
Really pretty and great trail. Not too many tech spots. Great way to end the day. NOTE: if you use "Directions" to locate trailhead it's way off.

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  4.2 from 32 votes

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All Clear 32 days ago
Dry - super dry and fast!
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Honey Bee Canyon entrance is back open. located 100 feet up on Quiet Rain Rd. Also you can enter from Rancho Virtoso 50 feet right of Quiet Rain Rd The signs barring entrance are gone & fence before the State Land Use fence is gone. Rode to Methodist Ch, glad I had MTB Project app on phone, wouldn't have known to climb barb wire fence. Section left (barbed wire) of trail compresses easily Mar 10, 2017


Rode Honeybee again today, this time from Methodist Church, barb wire fence has been modified, top two rows have hitches so access is easy. Many thanks to whoever made the modification May 17, 2017


Pretty hike, however poorly marked trail-wash-service road. I never saw the petroglyph rock after 2 hours of trails and ended up back on Rancho Custody blvd to get back to parking lot. Very disappointing as I wanted to see petroglyph. 7 days ago


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