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Tortolita Preserve Loop

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Length

9.7 Miles 15.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

520' 158 m

Ascent

-520' -159 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

2,804' 855 m

High

2,326' 709 m

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All Clear 28 days ago
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A scenic route through Ironwoods and Cholla.

Troy Everson

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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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May 26, 2018
Tom Pihl
Dry and mostly fast 9.5mi
May 1, 2018
Czar Huang
9.7mi
Apr 30, 2018
Czar Huang
Apr 15, 2018
Tom Pihl
Another perfect day in paradise 9.7mi
Apr 8, 2018
Tom Pihl
Beautiful, Perfect 9.6mi
Mar 13, 2018
Ethan Kramer
Very interesting trail - many cactuses, animals and deep sand patches. Definitely a good way to taste the mountain biking of Arizona 9mi
Mar 7, 2018
melissa uland
Great introduction trail. Good for a quick, fun spin. Beginner friendly. 9.5mi — 1h 20m
Mar 3, 2018
Brian Jones

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Tortolita Preserve is a great trail system near The Ritz Carlton Golf Club. This is a 9.9 mile single track loop of sand, some hardpack, and rocks with a couple of semi-technical sections. Great, fun ride on a singlespeed! The trail meanders through a beautiful ironwood forest that is best appreciated during the May bloom. The trail is marked with metal signs indicating the types of trees and cactus, distance from the trailhead, and elevation. This is the ride for beginner’s mountain bikers. And if you do this trailhead, consider going to Honeybee Canyon which is only 15 minutes away. Again, bring your singlespeed or a hardtail. For more info tucsonbikerentals.org/mount… Aug 12, 2016

 
I'm new to the area. Can you park right at the start of this loop, or do you need to park up at the Wild Burro Trailhead, past the security gate? Thanks. Aug 14, 2016
You can park right at the start of the loop. Go through the gate (close it behind you) and there's a small parking area on the left. Feb 7, 2018

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