Mescal

Development Route

Note: This is a Development Route, meaning that it is a work in progress and currently does not meet the Dirty Freehub 5 Star standard for great routes.

This is an out & back route that needs a lot further exploration! There may be a way to build a loop, there may be a natural turn around point with a viewpoint, we just don’t know. Our research was by truck as part of an evening drive.

On your way out to the start you pass by the Mescal movie set on the left, about 4 miles north of the railroad tracks. Two of the most famous movies filmed here were Tombstone (1993) and The Quick and the Dead (1995).

The route generally parallels the boundary to the Rincon Mountain Wilderness following Ash Creek for the first 7.5 miles. You pass by several ranches and will most likely encounter a few cows on the road. To the west, the Rincon Mountains and Rincon Peak loom inside the Wilderness area.

At mile 9 you reach a high point and then descend down into Miller Canyon where there are a handful of ranches. There are some surprising mountain views along with undulating terrain.

The road quality is reminiscent of Redington Road on the east side of Tucson, but without as much traffic and activity. As mapped, the route goes left a mile 11.9 leading up to a high point. However, the main road continues east and comes to a green gate in a couple of miles. We are told that the road becomes more rugged from here. Explore away!

Again, this is a Development Route — a work in progress. We have drive the first 12 miles, but nothing beyond that. Thus, if you give this route a go, we would sure appreciate a trip report (use the Share Your Ride form) or at least some comments below. Thanks!

Adventure / Gravel Route

Out & Back: 27 miles / 2200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 100% gravel
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 45 minutes southeast of Tucson, Arizona
– Published: March 2021

Terrain & Technical Riding Difficulty[what this means]

Unknown.

The road is driveable by ordinary passenger vehicles with exercising some care. There are sections of rough cobblestone like road, where it can be a bit demanding on the body. Expect some short, but steeper pitches at 6 to 8%. The area has sporadic cell phone coverage. We saw several other vehicles during our exploration on a weekend.

When we like to ride this …

… fall through spring when the temperatures are more moderate.

The Start

A makeshift dirt parking lot ~ 2.4 miles north of the railway tracks.
Lat / Long: 32.022024, -110.423878

Legend

Brown = gravel / dirt road

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Ride Details

The route generally parallels the boundary to the Rincon Mountain Wilderness following Ash Creek for the first 7.5 miles. You pass by several ranches and will most likely encounter a few cows on the road. To the west, the Rincon Mountains and Rincon Peak loom inside the Wilderness area.

At mile 9 you reach a high point and then descend down into Miller Canyon where there are a handful of ranches. There are some surprising mountain views along with undulating terrain.

The road quality is reminiscent of Redington Road on the east side of Tucson, but without as much traffic and activity. As mapped, the route goes left a mile 11.9 leading up to a high point. However, the main road continues east and comes to a green gate in a couple of miles. We are told that the road becomes more rugged from here. Explore away!

Food & Water

None

Get Involved!

Wilderness Connect is a good first step in learning how to get more involved with time, talent, or money. They have short explanation page of the Rincon Mountain Wilderness, but then continue to their page on Support Wilderness.

Revision History

  • March 2021 / Original Post as a Development Route.
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