“This endurance test will challenge your bike skills. Can you ride to the campsite without stopping?
— Thomas Armstrong
The road will be closed due to snow and ice during late fall through early spring. Call the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, at (520) 378-0311 for a status update.
This Forest Service road stretches from Hwy 92 to the end of the Reef campsite. The first mile or so is paved, after that, the rest is dirt and suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles.
There no guard rails and the switchbacks are narrow and steep. At the top, there are bathrooms and picnic benches. After climbing to 7,200 ft, you deserve a rest and nourishment. The views are spectacular, especially on the way down.
During the summer, carry a light wind breaker. It is significantly cooler at the top and the ride down will demonstrate how evaporative cooling works. For the other seasons, bring a heavier wind breaker, gloves, and ear warmers.