We rode this route in the fall of 2017. Parts of the route (miles 19 to 33) are really good riding with undulating terrain, big saguaro cactus, and views of Picacho Peak. The lead in miles are on good terrain, but a bit straight and lacking in scenic variety, thus the designation as a training route.
This area, and going north and further east, has the potential for some great gravel rides, but has had little exploration and documentation that we can find. The area that we are specifically referring to 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, but have not ridden, is Cochie Canyon Trail.
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Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop: 33 miles / 1000 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 85% gravel, 15% paved
– eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 30 min northwest of Tucson, AZ
– Published: January 2020
Easier+. There is nothing too difficult about the route, but the distance is a bit on the longer side for an easier route.
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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