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Golder Ranch Advanced Loop

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Tucson's Upper Loop with the Around The Mountain extension.


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Map Key

12.4

Miles

20.0

KM

95%

Singletrack

3,924' 1,196 m

High

3,137' 956 m

Low

1,196' 364 m

Up

1,197' 365 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This loop has B and C line features, rock rolls, and slick rock climbs and descents. Expect some of the best free riding features in Tucson linked with fantastic singletrack. This route is best ridden in late fall to early spring.

Need to Know

Pads and a full-face helmet are recommended if you're looking to get in some of the B & C lines and jumps, but aren't required.

Description

Leave the Golder Ranch trailhead parking area and flow through some fast singletrack on your way to The Chutes entrance, with some fun 1-4' rock jumps and hucks along the 50 Year Trail Segment.

Enter The Chutes and stay right for a fun, techy climb on the 50 Year Trail Segment toward the upper loop, continuing onto Upper Cherry Tank. Stay right at the split near the top of the climb and keep an eye out for a faint trail on your left. If you reach the barbed wire fence you've gone too far.

From here, continue onto more steep, technical climbing and flowy singletrack that takes you north and east on Cherry Tank around the mountain to Cowboy Slickrock.

Cowboy Slickrock has some fun, Moab-style steep climbs and descents and mild rock rolls. If you don't know this section, plan to spend some time route finding for the trail exits off the slickrock sections (the MTB Project mobile app helps!). This trail will eventually T into the very top of the Upper Loop slick rock of the 50 Year Trail Segment. Now the fun descending begins!

The Upper Loop descent contains lots of B & C line options for rock rolls, jumps, and hucks. A trail or all-mountain bike is recommended for these features, but you can certainly have fun picking your way down on a hardtail, too.

Stay left at the Middlegate split onto the Middlegate Trail for some more mellow, mixed climbing and descending flow sections. Keep an eye out for a handful of small rock jumps along the trail edge on your way back down to rejoining the 50 Year Trail Segment you took on the way out.

The locals like to play "no brakes" for the last, fast section of singletrack down to the road. Give it a try if you're up to the challenge. After the fast finish, take the short road climb back up the parking area.

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Bryan Schlegel

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 12 votes

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Photos

Exploring several of the trails in the Tucson Area.
Feb 14, 2018 near Catalina, AZ
Cowboy slickrock trail looking south
Mar 31, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
The trails at Golder Ranch are incredible, especially the Middlegate Trail seen here.
Jan 13, 2016 near Catalina, AZ
Upper 50 Year Trail has endless rollers and b-lines, but make sure you check the whole line before committing as some of them end in mandatory drops of various sizes.
Dec 29, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
On one of slick rocks on the Cowboy Slickrock trail
Mar 31, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
One of a few Slickrock sections of Cowboy Slickrock trail
Mar 31, 2019 near Catalina, AZ

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Jul 27, 2019
Joe Howard
Feb 28, 2019
Czar Huang
Oct 20, 2018
Andrew R
some super fun bits, but lots of badly eroded trail and frustrating routefinding 12.8mi
Jul 9, 2018
Czar Huang
Jun 15, 2018
Czar Huang
Jun 4, 2018
Ryan B
12.2mi
Mar 24, 2018
Ashelee Weeks
Jan 4, 2018
Matt Saunders
12.4mi