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Tortolita Preserve Loop



9.7 mile 15.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 520' 158 m
Descent: -520' -159 m
High: 2,804' 855 m
Low: 2,326' 709 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)


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Trail shared by Troy Everson

A scenic route through Ironwoods and Cholla.

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Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-


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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Mar 29, 2020
Kyle W
Mar 26, 2020
Warren G
Feb 9, 2020
Adam Corrough
Dec 22, 2019
Kyle W
Nov 30, 2019
Kyle W
2h 40m
Nov 23, 2019
Kyle W
May 4, 2019
Christopher Lynn
Apr 18, 2019
Tom Collins
Lots of sand on turns and sand built up on the course. Gets rocky and easier to handle half way through. 18mi — 1h 40m

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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
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
Lake Vista Gallery south from Tortolita Preserve Loop
Nov 3, 2014 near Tortolita, 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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