Golder Ranch Advanced Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,196' 364 m
Descent: -1,197' -365 m
High: 3,924' 1,196 m
Low: 3,137' 956 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)
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“Tucson's Upper Loop with the Around The Mountain extension.”— Bryan Schlegel
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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