Riding Heaven's Highwayson the grand tour
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Tehachapi Mtns, Calif.
Bikes: '10 C'Dale Tandem RT2. '07 Trek Tandem T2000, '10 Epic Marathon MTB, '12 Rocky Mountain Element 950 MTB, '95 C'dale R900, "04 Giant DS 2 '07 Kona Jake the Snake, '95 Nishiki Backroads
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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.