silk stones

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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Tucson

67

mi

km

Distance

distance

50

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

8.5

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

12

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

2.2"

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

Novice

Easy

Intermediate

Hard

Extreme

débutant

facile

intermédiaire

dur

extrême

Difficulty

difficulté

silk stones

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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Distance

Distance

67

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

50

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

8.5

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

12

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

2.2"

Difficulty

difficulté

Hard

description

la description

The dirt cycling is soft at the edges with a hard interior.

⚠ 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!

route created on
6/10/21
  • Go far north onto silky sections of singletrack
  • The Tortolita Mountains

  • There’s a solid mile of hike and bike
  • Some deeper sections of sand through the washes

  • An old mine
  • Cool views of the Catalina Mountains

  • Minimal water availability on the route

rocky, sandy, silky
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highlights

  • Go far north onto silky sections of singletrack
  • The Tortolita Mountains

what to know

  • There’s a solid mile of hike and bike
  • Some deeper sections of sand through the washes

points of interest

  • An old mine
  • Cool views of the Catalina Mountains

food / hydration

  • Minimal water availability on the route

terrain

rocky, sandy, silky

route map

la plan de route

photos

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