Honeybee Canyon Loop

 37 votes

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°)

Unknown

Update

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. There is a dirt/gravel parking lot at Oracle.
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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Jul 15, 2017
Misty McGillem
Jun 10, 2017
Andres Bastidas
Jun 6, 2017
Nicholas Soignier
Went the wrong way at the cattle tank, but it was actually a fun, sorta techy climb. Came back down the same way for a fun descent. 18.5mi
May 30, 2017
Trent Garcia
Using a GPS is a must until you know these trails as there are lots of places to go off-route! 16.8mi — 3h 00m
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 29, 2017
Amy Christman
21mi — 4h 00m

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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


Awesome trail. The only thing I wish was different is that this map shows the trail being directional. Being new to the trail, I assumed it was. Today, I found out that it wasn't when I almost ran into 5 people coming from the opposite direction. I was heading downhill on pebbles over granite . . . biffed it a little bit. Anyway, no big deal. I'll keep that in mind for next time. Sep 4, 2017


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