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FS Road #217

Intermediate
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This route heads through a little-visited part of southern Arizona making a great ride but not for the faint of heart.


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Map Key

12.8

Miles

20.5

KM

Doubletrack

4,528' 1,380 m

High

3,561' 1,085 m

Low

1,475' 450 m

Up

1,628' 496 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Be aware of migrant activity in the area because of its location near the border.

Description

This doubletrack was once used to access the mines in the surrounding area through the hills and valleys. There is no cell phone service, no water, and not much chance for help. Watch your speed on some of the rocky downhill sections.

At about 4,500 feet, the trail is a nice alternative from Tucson's summer heat but it is still dry and hot here for much of the year. A great ride option in the winter.

You'll have great views into Mexico during the first part of the ride. You'll also come across several old mine sites and the abandoned trailers of the old prospectors. At about 10 miles, you'll come to an old dam built in the 1920's that served the old mines. You'll see the distinctive Montana Peak in the east.

Eventually, you join the old Ruby Road and head back to where you parked at the trailhead.

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Shared By:

Kirk Astroth

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in Ruby

#87

in Arizona

#2,685

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Photos

Looking up at Ruby Peak.
Apr 14, 2017 near Rio Rico, AZ
At the dam, near Ruby Road.
Apr 14, 2017 near Rio Rico, AZ
Looking south down into Mexico from the trail.
Apr 14, 2017 near Rio Rico, AZ
Riding on an easy going section of doubletrack.
Apr 14, 2017 near Rio Rico, AZ
One of the abandoned cars along the road marking a nearby property boundary.
Apr 14, 2017 near Rio Rico, AZ
One of the few flowing streams along the Cobre Ridge Loop.
Apr 14, 2017 near Rio Rico, AZ

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