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Old 03-01-12, 07:38 PM   #1
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Tucson - EZ MTB Trails

We are roadies that are in Tucson for a few weeks and are enjoying riding all over this super bike friendly city.
We also have our MTB's with us, along with maps of a million MTB trails all around the city, but we need help identifying some easier MTB trails to ride. We tried a couple of MTB rated trails out of Catalina State Park but they were far too heavily rock strewn and cactus lined (the Fifty Mile Trail) than our talent could handle.
Does anyone have some recommendations for some easier MTB trails any where around Tucson?

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You might find this trail OK.

http://www.aztrail.org/

Look at the map to find sections near you. There will still be rocks and cacti.
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fantast island on the east side near the PCC campus
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

To close this thread I thought I would offer our own final findings on this subject for anyone that may be looking for the same info with a future 'search' of this forum.

The short answer for us was there was quite a bit of easy beginner trail riding in Tucson Mountain Park. Specifically the area between the Ironwood Picnic area and McCain Loop Rd. particularly on southwest side of Kinney Rd all the way to the park boundary fencing. We had no problem getting in 15 mile rides by riding up and down the many unnamed trails all over the area. The only challenges were the occasional deep washes that had to be crossed.
As an aside we camped in the Gilbert Ray Campground right there in the park and just rode out from our camp site....needless to say this is also a great base camp for some fantastic road riding as well, which we also took advantage of.

This web site was also helpful in getting us to the area for the MTB trails: http://www.sdmb.org/trails/tucson-mountain-park/

Lastly...I did put in more time on the 50 Year Trail out of Catalina State Park and while it was not 'beginner level' it was not too far from it IF you are comfortable with some quite rocky and cactus lined single track sections.... all in all it is a pretty cool trail.

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