This ride ranges from beginner to advanced in both skill and endurance, so you'll want a bit of confidence before heading out on this route. There is singletrack, sand, rocks, and climbing. Get ready for a long climb that averages 7% grade for six miles. There are many places to pause and admire the beautiful views of the San Pedro valley.
There are many bathrooms along the way. To refill your water supplies, there is a gas station on the corner of Ramsey Canyon Road and Hwy 92. All of these trails are popular with pedestrians and horseback riders, so please be courteous and give right of way to your fellow trail users.
There are many trails that head to this ride. This description will start from the corner of Buffalo Soldier Drive and Hwy 92.
The start of the Garden Canyon Linear Park Trail
starts on the other side of the concrete wash. Following the singletrack, you'll cross St. Andrews Drive into the concrete wash opening. At the T-intersection, turn right and left at the end of the wash. You'll cross an area of rocks stabilized by cement and head up a steep but small hill.
Right before Cherokee Avenue, there is another steep hill, twice the size of the first one. Crossing Cherokee road, there are three trailheads from which to choose. All paths will end up on the same route.
The left trailhead is for beginners, the middle trailhead is for intermediate, and the right trailhead is for advanced riders. After crossing the wash, follow the wash a short distance and turn right. Any of the singletrack trails will lead you to the southwest corner of the park.
There, look for an entrance to the Garden Canyon Connector
trail. After leaving the Garden Canyon Connector
trail, you'll be following the fence line on Perimeter Trail Brown-Garden #358
. A short distance, 10 meters, after the trail turns away from the fence line, turn right. This trail will, again, turn away from the fence line, take a left at the fork and a right at the next fork. You'll enter the Brown Canyon Ranch. Take the unimproved road to Ramsey Canyon Road.
Take a left at Ramsey Canyon Road (paved). Turn right on S Richards Rd (paved). Veer left on S Astro St (unimproved road) to the gate. There is a pedestrian passage on the right. This trail starts off unchallenging, but quickly turns very rocky and steep. At the top of the hill, turn right onto the driveway (gravel).
The paved road is E Astro St. Continue past the stop and before the highway, turn left onto S Saddle Ln (unimproved). This will take you to E Carr Canyon Rd across from the out-of-business Mesquite Tree restaurant.
Turn right and ride all the way up to the Reef Townsite Campground. On the way down, pay attention to the trailhead sign on the right side at one of the switchbacks indicating the Clark Spring Trail #124
. Turn right onto the singletrack.
There are two wilderness signs on this trail. These areas are off-limits to mountain bikers, so follow the trail away from the wilderness areas. From the Upper Miller parking lot, take the forest service road down to the Lower Miller parking lot.
Look for the trailhead sign indicating the Perimeter Trail
across from the easternmost entrance into the parking lot. There is a gate on the trail. Sometimes you have to open it. Etiquette dictates closing the gate, as the trail is part of an easement with local land owners who graze livestock in the area.
From the Miller Canyon parking lot, retrace your path to Ramsey Canyon Ranch parking lot. At the Ramsey Canyon Ranch turn off, continue straight and turn right at Brown Canyon Road
Veer left at the “Keep Right” sign. Take this trail to the Brown Canyon spring where a water trough is located. Turn right, away from the wilderness area.
Coming out of Brown Canyon, you'll be on singletrack following a wash. Turn left at the first Y-intersection followed by two more lefts. Continuing on the Perimeter Trail
, Brown-Garden section to the Garden Canyon Connector
trail to the Garden Canyon Linear Park Trail
crossing both Cherokee Avenue and St. Andrews Drive and bringing you back to your start.