An easier route through the Patagonia Mountains that is a very scenic. It is a shortened version of the Patagonia 50 route that excludes the San Rafael valley. But it does include the Harshaw Creek section with big, gnarly trees and distant views of crags and peaks.
The Mowry road section, mile 12.8 to mile 17.4 ( ~ 4.6 miles) is unique to this route. You can also add to this route by doing the Guajolote Flat extension (map, extension on black). This adds 4.6 miles and 500+ feet of gain, giving ride totals of 33 miles and 2200 feet.
For a great overview of the riding in the Patagonia area, give a read to “Patagonia, A Gravel Utopia”, by Caffeine and Watts.
We have classified this route as a Training Route since most of the riding has been previously documented in other routes and that we have not ridden the Mowry road section nor the Guajolote Flat extension. **Click to Read More
The route goes very near the Hermosa Project mine (~ mile 9). Yes, the project is controversial, but we encourage you as riders to be courteous and give way to mining trucks (i.e. stop and put a foot down). There are other and better forums for debating the merits of mining than on a gravel road.
The area is actively patrolled by Border Patrol. As a general rule, when we come across Border Patrol for the first time in the day, we stop and ask if “there’s anything we should be aware of” and we also give them our route.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Lollipop: 29 miles / 1700 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 80% gravel, 20% paved
– eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 5 min south of Tucson, Arizona
– Published: January 2020
Easier+. There is a sustained climb from the start to mile 12, with a gain of 1500 feet, but the gradients are very moderate.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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