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Honeybee Canyon Loop

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19.5 Miles 31.4 Kilometers



865' 264 m


-863' -263 m



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3,658' 1,115 m


2,964' 904 m


Shared By Hillary Mathis


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An easy ride for those that have some endurance.

Hillary Mathis

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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.


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).


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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Wanted to shoot an update for those riding this trail for the first time, as I did yesterday. Definitely a beginner friendly trail, so long as you can make the distance. The loop really is roughly 8 miles of sliiiight up hill. But then you have almost 8 miles of slightly downhill. Just make it to the windmill (halfway mark) and you'll be good. For the love of god, bring a GPS or this app. There are several turns that all look like the main trail which are NOT. I parked in the dirt lot by the church as well. Then ride towards the church on the road. On the left there is a very obvious sign pointing out the trail. Ride this for about 1 mile till you come across the famous fence on the RIGHT. Make a hard right and go over the fence. For the next mile is where most of the confusing turns are. Mostly stay right...mostly. Again, use a GPS. At roughly 2.1 miles you'll hit a 4way intersection where the loop starts. Turn right to do it counterclockwise (as the app suggests). Go straight to do it backwards. Pretty sweet singletrack for most of it with a couple short sections of dirt road/"2-track". I did the whole thing in 1hr48 minutes. Hope that helps clarify stuff! Jun 8, 2018
Okaneneko .
Okaneneko .   Tucson
Now that WAPA came in recently to clear brush for fire prevention. The trailhead is more of a sandy mess even more so since the relocation of the trail section to the cattle fence. A much better and easier access tot the Ranch X trail network is at the corner of Del Webb and Sun City Blvd, You go under the bridge/overpass same side of the street as the Utility structure. A short walk/ride through some deep sand about 700 ft then a cattle fence, 300 ft more sand then the trail starts on the left, smooth sailing from there. You cannot park at the parking lot at Sun City and Rancho Vistoso, but you can park across the street at the Vistoso Community Church parking lot except Christmas & Easter. Jun 21, 2018
Andrew R
Andrew R   Arizony
Intermediate+ riders, keep your eye out for side routes through the rock gardens and off-trail obstacles, to add some entertainment. Dec 8, 2018

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