jade pill

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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Tucson

22

mi

km

Distance

distance

65

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

3.5

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

12

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

2.0"

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

Novice

Easy

Intermediate

Hard

Extreme

débutant

facile

intermédiaire

dur

extrême

Difficulty

difficulté

jade pill

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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Distance

Distance

22

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

65

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

3.5

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

12

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

2.0"

Difficulty

difficulté

Easy

description

la description

Take the jade pill, Neo - it’s not GMO.

Set off from the morning café and head west toward the mountains. Turn immediately after the highway interchange onto bike friendly streets that leads toward the first dirt section through the back of Pima County Community College. It’s short, it’s gentle, it’s a nice intro to the dirt intro - right until a last little punchy climb. 

The route transitions back to pavement and then finds another “shortcut” on dirt. You’ll wind around suburban neighborhoods until Tucson Mountain Park (TMP). 

To be fair, the terrain of TMP is recognized by the Tucson community as mountain biking. That being said, the route through here is probably one of the easiest, so you could get through here within the performance metrics listed. It’s also quite gorgeous and there are nice and smooth singletrack trails. 

The roughest part of the route through TMP is the beginning climb and immediate descent. A few miles from the beginning toward the downhill “pass” there is a technical and ledgy climb. Once you are through the pass, you’ll ride on the contours, until a fork in the road. Take the fork downhill toward the gravel road. 

At the end, you’ll pass through a broken gate and ride on some meandering trails through an old camp. The gravel roads carry on until you reach a fence. Squeeze through the narrow gate among some pricklies. 

Continue on the road, which then transitions onto the dirt/shoulder of the highway. Quickly, you’ll find a path leading to the culvert that passes under the highway. Continue on this path that leads to switchbacks to get you over the top of the hill. Then descend on some nice singletrack, but be ready for a few technical segments. 

After a while you’ll eventually reach the trailhead that transitions back to pavement for the rest of the ride. After crossing the busy S. Mission Road, you’ll find a way to the Loop. Take the Loop all the way back to your post-ride beverage!

route created on
6/10/21
  • A good introduction to Tucson’s dirt
  • Some excellent singletrack through Tucson Mountain Park (TMP)
  • Adventure abound

  • You’ll probably brush against cactus
  • Some challenging terrain so don’t be afraid to dismount!
  • Through the canyon! 
  • The Old Camaro
  • A culvert crossing

  • Possible operable fountains off the Loop Trail

rocky, sandy
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highlights

  • A good introduction to Tucson’s dirt
  • Some excellent singletrack through Tucson Mountain Park (TMP)
  • Adventure abound

what to know

  • You’ll probably brush against cactus
  • Some challenging terrain so don’t be afraid to dismount!

points of interest

  • Through the canyon! 
  • The Old Camaro
  • A culvert crossing

food / hydration

  • Possible operable fountains off the Loop Trail

terrain

rocky, sandy

route map

la plan de route

photos

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