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Honeybee Canyon Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (98) 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

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.

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. It's very confusing!

Need to Know

Please park at the lot right at Oracle Road.

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 pass through a gate at a fence (along your right side) - please close it behind you. 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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Hillary Mathis

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 98 votes

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Overall
  4.5 from 98 votes
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Photos

Highlights of my first time on the Honeybee Canyon Loop trail.
Oct 25, 2015 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
Wild flowers in bloom and a "Monster" stand off!
Apr 11, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
Perfect time of year to ride Honeybee Canyon through a sea of desert wildflowers!
Apr 11, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
Coming back fast on the main loop.
Mar 8, 2021 near Catalina, AZ

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Apr 17, 2021
Marc V
22.5mi — 2h 12m
Apr 5, 2021
Eva B Reilly
8h 45m
Apr 3, 2021
Zippy Gizzardgirdle
Nice beginner trail with a fun downhill part to reward you of the climbing 19.3mi — 8h 42m
Mar 25, 2021
Mary Krysinski
Mar 14, 2021
Johnny Chapman
3h 45m
Jan 28, 2021
Lisa Munsch
we plan to ride this. take notes.
Jan 15, 2021
Paul Heinen
Jan 9, 2021
Saurabh Kalra
40.9mi