Reddington road slices through the Coronado National Forest with an evolving landscape. The road starts with rolling hills and a farm with camels (so no, you aren’t seeing things); then opens up into loads of prickly pear cactus and ocotillo on a stepper switchbacking climb. It then morphs into a rocky landscape mixed with grasses, junipers and yuccas where the road rolls with an upward trend. The turn to Ranch HQ leads to Bellota Ranch Headquarters which was settled in 1875, but we recommend you keep heading up to Redington Pass at mile 12+. The turn around point is nothing special, except it being the high point of the road.
If by chance you read the maps and see that the Arizona Trail crosses your path near the turn around point, you should think twice (well three times actually) before you decide to short cut over to Catalina Highway (the paved road up Mt. Lemon) to form a really cool loop. We pushed and pulled our bikes up a steep, rocky trail for over an hour. While it was BEAUTIFUL … we wouldn’t exactly call it a gravel ride. A gravel grunt? You’ve been warned.
We have ridden this entire route.
The route is suited for big tires. 40 mm is pretty much the minimum you want. 2.1’s on a Salsa Cutthroat rode great.
The route can be made longer by continuing past the pass for another 13 miles to the town of Reddington.
This route has been listed as a “Bandit Route” because: (1) Reddington road is used in the Mt. Lemmon (Epic) gravel route and (2) it has a nondescript turn around point. However, if we lived in the Tucson area, this would be a go to route for us.
Adventure / Gravel Route
Agua Caliente Hill South trailhead parking area. No toilet or water facilities.
Lat / Long: 32.274830, -110.711922
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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