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Tortolita Preserve Loop

Intermediate
 4.2 (67)

A scenic route through Ironwoods and Cholla.


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9.7

Miles

15.5

KM

Singletrack

2,804' 855 m

High

2,326' 709 m

Low

520' 158 m

Up

520' 159 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

To access the trail, go west on Moore road, off Dove Mtn Blvd, to the end of asphalt. The trail is about 100 yards west of the cattle gate on the north side.

The Trail starts out on a gradual uphill assent through Ironwoods, Palo Verde, and many cactus. It can be hard going at times due to portions of the trail being natural drainage fingers. At about the 1.3 mile mark you can take a shortcut straight north. If you are looking for a workout, stay the course up to the 2.5 mile mark.

From there it is mostly downhill. Watch your speed through the tight turns or you may end up hugging a Cholla or Prickly Pear (I've Been there - It hurts!). There is a large wash crossing at about the 4.5 mile mark. The trails gets a little more rocky, challenging at times, but is still very fun. There are some of the steep, rocky, crossings that require the brakes and some thought.

A little past the NW corner, of the loop, the trail flattens out again crossing several wash fingers along the way to the 8 mile mark. From there, it is another winding, but gradual, uphill climb to the starting point. This loop is a fun workout that requires speed, through some wash crossings, technique, and even some patience.

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Can you say "Saguaro"? One of many desert wonders we have in Tucson, AZ on the Tortolita Preserve loop trail.
Mar 31, 2019 near Marana, AZ
Lake Vista Gallery south from Tortolita Preserve Loop
Nov 3, 2014 near Tortolita, AZ
Large Cholla growing into trail forces you to steer right into deep sand. Couldn't clip out and flopped down.
Dec 20, 2015 near Tortolita, AZ
Steep crossing on Tortolita Preserve Loop
Nov 3, 2014 near Marana, AZ
Short cut left or full loop straight
Nov 3, 2014 near Tortolita, AZ
Looking South Before Left Turn
Nov 3, 2014 near Marana, AZ

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May 4, 2021
Eyung Gov
Feb 14, 2021
Ryan Miller
Feb 4, 2021
Matthew Holloran
Flowy and fun, great workout if you are pushing it. Took my 11 and 9 year old girls here the other day and they loved it. 9.9mi — 0h 53m
Jan 1, 2021
Jason Carlson
9.9mi — 1h 05m
Nov 30, 2020
Vince Aguirre
took shortcut 7.2mi — 0h 46m
Nov 13, 2020
Paris Hynes
Accidentally took a little shortcut but had an awesome ride I loved the sand and slight challenges in climbs and a few drop offs 7mi
Jul 19, 2020
Hanne Hlr
Mar 29, 2020
Kyle W