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Ridgeline Loop

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12.1 Miles 19.5 Kilometers



1,523' 464 m


-1,523' -464 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (8°)

4,237' 1,292 m


3,536' 1,078 m


Shared By Hillary Mathis


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A hard extension to the Honeybee Canyon Loop.

Hillary Mathis

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The reward for the hard effort is the amazing views.


This is a great extension to the Honeybee Canyon Loop and ups the difficulty of the ride. The first couple miles are on a jeep road and a very steep climb. This is where you break out the granny gear. The views from the top are amazing. Stop for a break and a look around before plunging down the other side.

Take a left on the Loop Trail, which will take you right up to the Ridgeline Trail. The way up on the Ridgeline is narrow and exposed on one side. The trail is relatively smooth, with several switchbacks and tight turns. The saddle treats you to some amazing views to the south. Head down Ridgeline, again narrow switchbacks and some large rocks to go over. Take Ridgeline to a short section of Alamo Spring Trail, which will take you to Wild Burro.

Wild Burro has yet some more climbing, this time there are a few more difficult sections that are steep and up and over rocks. Wild Burro takes you back to where you entered on the Loop trail. Head back up the steep jeep road from here, the way you came in. From the top you can plunge back down to the Honeybee Canyon Trail and a fast easy ride back to the cars.


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Mar 24, 2019
Joe Average
Bring way more snacks and electrolytes 18mi
Mar 10, 2019
Scott Grainger
Feb 14, 2019
Czar Huang
Dec 8, 2018
Andrew R
from Miravista and Oracle 32.8mi — 3h 48m
Mar 1, 2018
melissa uland
Rode this from the HoneyBee trailhead. It's awesome. Remote and rocky, bring extra food and water, it make take longer than planned 30mi — 4h 00m
Nov 17, 2017
Benjamin Hoppe
trails in great condition. everything is rideable 11.5mi
Aug 4, 2017
David Robinson
Great ride but HOT and humid. 25mi — 3h 00m
Mar 4, 2017
Robert Godreau

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And the return trip from the saddle...I must have gone 4 miles with maybe a dozen pedal strokes heading towards the start along Honeybee Canyon Loop. Honeybee, Ridgline Loop, Honeybee back to parking...It's a long ride...almost 30 miles...but well worth it. Just be in shape, take LOTS of water and spare electrolytes & food. It'll be more fun if you do. Mar 8, 2017
Andrew R
Andrew R   Arizony
Second Robert’s comment. Probably the most thoughtfully designed and maintained mountain trail system that I’ve ridden in Tucson so far. The central Tortolitas are light years wilder and more beautiful than I had imagined. Well worth the soul crushing ascents on that jeep trail. Dec 8, 2018
Andrew R
Andrew R   Arizony
Also - unlike the Honeybee Canyon trails, this area is very well signed, so you can just ride and not worry about getting lost or having to constantly check your GPS. Dec 8, 2018

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