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4.4 mile 7.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 887' 270 m
Descent: -356' -108 m
High: 4,226' 1,288 m
Low: 3,515' 1,071 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Hillary Mathis

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Minor Issues 53 days ago See History
Mostly Dry, Some Mud - Parts of trail in the upper 50 are faint and look more like animal trails. There are a handful of short HAB. Highly suggest GPS as parts of trail around Cowboy slickrock you'll have to search for. I put rocks and sticks as much as I could to mark trail. How long they'll actually stay there is another story. Tough ride, a lot of tech sections. Probably will not ride again or will take the cut over and not ride the Cherry Tank portion.

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Trail that bridges 50 year to Charleau Gap

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This trail starts off as singletrack branching off from the Middle Gate trail. The singletrack winds through the foothills of the Catalinas with rocky climbs and descents working its way to Cherry Tank. The terrain changes slightly after a dry creek crossing and winds along an exposed trail following the creek. Test your skills on this rocky, narrow, tree lined up and down section. Enjoy it while you can because after a mile or so you pop back out into the all too familiar desert landscape with beautiful views back towards the Catalinas, down valleys and across Oro Valley to the west.

Continue on the now easier section of singletrack to Cherry Tank. From the tank it is all jeep roads to Charleau Gap Rd. Make sure to follow the GPS since there are multiple roads branching off on the way down. Once at Charleau Gap Rd make the decision to continue climbing the grueling 3+ miles to the Gap or turn your wheels downhill for a fast fun, technical in some places, jeep road descent. If you parked at Golder Ranch take Lago del Oro Parkway south to Golder Ranch Rd. Hang a left on Golder Ranch Rd and climb the hill back to the car.


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Don't bother trying to head north(ascending) unless you have booster packs. There are a lot of very tight pinches that require you to hike a bike and stop any forward momentum. Descending this is the only sane way to take this trail, but even then you will be hopping off your bike for the occasional snake or all pro terrain. Took me about 1.5 hours to take this trail from bottom to top Apr 5, 2015

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