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One of the many Tucson Mountain Park rides consisting of easy singletrack and great views.

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2,865' 873 m


2,429' 740 m


475' 145 m


462' 141 m



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Mostly easy singletrack once past the first two sections of trail. Golden Gate can be rutted out if recently rained, but that just adds to the fun technical aspect. There are many more trails around the area to explore.

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Park at the G5 parking pull out over Gates Pass Rd. The start of Golden Gate Trail is across the street - take this fun, rocky downhill. If the trail is not washed out from rains, it's much easier, but can be quite difficult after precipitation. Much of the trail has stair steps, and if you take the trail N to S you'll travel down the steps.

Golden Gate Trail ends at Kinney Rd., and picks up Prospector Trail across the road. Prospector quickly heads up a loose rocky section before it takes you up to the pit at the top of the hill. This is the most technical section of the loop.

Follow Prospector Trail down the hill. There are a lot of social trails around the area and there are no signs at any of the intersections. All trails lead back around on each other, but if miles and time are what you are concerned about, stick to this GPS route. Once you drop down from the pit at the top of Prospector the trails become very easy.

Weave back and forth along the trails, down across washes, through the cactus, until you reach Gates Pass Trail. Take a right and head up this straightforward desert singletrack along Tucson Mountain Park's power line. A couple miles up the road you'll encounter Sego Trail to the left, which heads to the Gilbert Ray Campground. Turn right onto Campground Trail and stay on until you get to the trailhead on the east side of the campground. Take this short section up to Kinney Rd. There is one steep drop off and a climb across a wash. Definitely a walking section.

Once back up to Kinney Rd. cross the road to get back onto Gates Pass Trail. This trail gradually climbs back up to the G5 parking area. There are a few wash crossings, but nothing too difficult. This route follows the Gates Pass Trail all the way to the G4 parking area, but there is a turn off to G5 that is a much easier route.


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Hillary Mathis with improvements by Paul Ryan and 1 other

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Cacti, resplendent in the sunset on Gates Pass Trail.
Dec 15, 2014 near Tucson…, AZ
Approaching the saddle from the north.
Dec 23, 2017 near Tucson…, AZ
Up on a small saddle looking east towards Golden Gate Mt.
Sep 5, 2017 near Tucson…, AZ
A flowy ride through the Sonoran Desert terrain.
Sep 5, 2017 near Tucson…, AZ


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Oct 17, 2023
Samuel Kinkade
9.9mi — 1h 15m
Sep 20, 2023
jimmy clark
Ddsdsddfd did d Az sswww we wwssW w saw this 23,0
Dec 20, 2022
Derrick Rogers
Perfect weather to ride and the trail is in really good condition. There are many other trails in the area and is easy to get lost but there are al… 9.6mi — 11h 00m
Mar 28, 2022
Steve Granata
Trail in overall good condition and indicated recent maintenance. Many stairsteps that I was unable to hop down or climb up, so much hike-ai-bike. 6mi — 2h 00m
Dec 19, 2021
Randy H
Easy trail I didn't feel anxious riding solo. Missed a left turn from Prospector onto the larger loop, which cut off a mile or so. Enjoyed greatly. 9.5mi — 1h 55m
Nov 24, 2021
Brian Dilger
Easy loop at Tucson Mountain Park. A few areas of deep sand and some challenging wash crossings. 10mi
Oct 20, 2021
Becca Farrow
May 13, 2021
Anna B

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