This is a route I mapped using satellite imagery and Strava heat maps, but I have not set tire tread on the southern and eastern half of the route — the Tortolita Mountains. Thus, the designation as a Training Route.
At ~ mile 20, at the power station, I am unsure if the route can continue north on public lands. Satellite imagery shows roads, however the Strava heat maps show little to no activity. Thus, the route may enter private lands. If so, at mile 20 go west along the power lines to reconnect to the original route, at about mile 37, on Owl Head road.
Further, I give no guarantee on road conditions or if this route will actually “go” in its entirety. Approach this as an adventure. Go prepared with the route loaded on a GPS device and have a way to navigate, such as Gaia, if you need to re-route and detour.
I have documented this route because I believe this area, and going further north and east, has the potential for some great gravel rides … but from what I can find, this area has had little exploration and documentation.
The larger area that needs exploration and documentation is bounded by:
- Tucson on the south,
- Picacho, Coolidge, Florence on the west,
- Superior on the north, and
- Kearny, Dudleyville, and Oracle on the east.
Another route in the area that we have documented, and ridden, is Owl Head.
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Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 44 miles / 3100 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 90% gravel, 10% paved
– eBike Friendly: Unknown
– Location: ~ 30 min northwest of Tucson, AZ
– Published: January 2020
Moderate (this is a best guess).
A makeshift dirt parking area at the intersection of N. Owl Head Ranch road and Cochie Canyon Trail road.
Lat / Long: 32.470032, -111.194865
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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