⚠ Rider beware, there is a solid section of hike and bike through the Tortolita mountains. Other than that, you’ll have silky trails to enjoy :)
From Tucson, kick-off with a morning snack and head north along The Loop multi-use trail. Exit The Loop through a mall and some neighborhoods to reach the first dirt section through the Arthur Pack Regional Park. Exit the park over a little fence to continue north on other bicycle friendly streets. Make a few turns through a different neighborhood to then head onto more dirt. The sand may be deep near the bottom of the wash.
Exit the dirt and then bike up a paved hill. After a small descent, you’ll ascend again toward the Tortolitas on some gentle paths. Continue on wide washes that then narrow to your first hike and bike section.
The first hike and bike is about a mile uphill. Take your time. You’ll reach an apparent top, where you should be able to glide downward a bit. However, there may be a few other sections that may be too challenging to ride. You’ll find more singletrack, but then you will meet another shorter hike and bike section. After the second one, you will truly be sailing!
From the top, you’ll fly downhill on fast trails. At a cattleguard junction, there’s an optional short bike up to an old mine, which you can look at from a fence. And then, more downhill silky singletrack awaits.
On the Big Wash Trail, you’ll ride downhill on seemingly endless singletrack toward an underpass, which marks the general end of the fun trails. At the underpass, you’ll wade through a deeper sandy section that will turn into The Loop trail. Take this paved trail toward your lunch spot.
Afterward, meander on part of a sandy horse trail through a neighborhood and then through a series of different paved roads through the Catalina foothills. You’ll finish the ride at a local beer spot!