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Honeybee Canyon Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (84) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy ride for those that have some endurance.


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Map Key

19.5

Miles

31.4

KM

90%

Singletrack

3,658' 1,115 m

High

2,964' 904 m

Low

865' 264 m

Up

863' 263 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

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. There is a dirt/gravel parking lot at Oracle.

An Arizona State Land Department recreation permit is required in this area. Find out more here.

Overview

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).

There are no signs marking the trails, so stick very close to the GPS route or use the MTB Project mobile app, as there are plenty of places to go off-route and head the wrong direction.

Need to Know

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.

One mile into the trail, you have to unhitch the top two rows of barbed wire fence (along your right side) and step across the bottom two rows. About 3.5 miles in, you'll cross over the Powerline Road, and 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 the fork and you head back out the way you came in.

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At roughly one mile, you must open this section of fence directly to your right between the orange posts and lift your bike through to continue on the trails.
May 30, 2017 near Catalina, AZ
As technical as the trail gets
May 28, 2014 near Catalina, AZ
Heading south toward the Santa Catalinas on Honeybee.
Sep 1, 2015 near Catalina, AZ
Highlights of my first time on the Honeybee Canyon Loop trail.
Oct 25, 2015 near Catalina, AZ
Perfect time of year to ride Honeybee Canyon through a sea of desert wildflowers!
Apr 11, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
Wild flowers in bloom and a "Monster" stand off!
Apr 11, 2019 near Catalina, AZ

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Mar 19, 2020
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Mar 7, 2020
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Feb 15, 2020
Daniel Green
Out and back (with detour) 14.8mi — 1h 37m
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Jan 27, 2020
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