50-year Trail / Golder Ranch

4.58 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is simpy the best riding that Tucson has to offer - miles and miles of trail options cater to the beginner rider on up to extremely technical. Each visit you'll leave with a smile and a desire to come back for more!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Where should we leave a pick up vehicle? -Bash Georgallides

A: From Oracle Rd go east on Golder Ranch Rd. After crossing a bridge the road will soon turn to dirt. Park on dirt west of cattle guard in road.

abegold answered on June 27, 2019. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: how long is it? -Jeff Barber

A: 19 Miles

Guest answered on May 24, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Reviews (48)


June 29, 2019
Review: Decent ride with slight elevation change. Has a lot of different trail options from tech to more flowy sections. Big draw back was lack of marking, if I go again will have to find a good map, going out blind was not fun, did manage to ride 11.5 but would want to make sure I hit the fun trails. Pretty sure I did the chutes. Since I'm coming up from Sierra Vista I would rather hit Sweetwater or McKenzie.


October 22, 2017
WOW AZ Doubletrack  
Review: There ARE a few sandy sections, but, it IS the desert. The trail is fun and the views are beautiful.


September 19, 2017
WOW AZ Doubletrack  
Review: The trail is getting some loose, sandy areas developing as the dry time of fall increases. Mesquite and catclaw have some of the 'annual suckers' growing from the bases and get a bit scratchy in areas. Heading further up into the National Forest, growth is close, but the trails maintain the challenge.

Granny Gear

August 28, 2017
rockiesrl Granny Gear  
Review: 50 Year Trail/Golder Ranch is the more technical version of the 24 hour and Honebee Canyon Trail. You get a much better ride on a trail like this with a front shock or a rigid bike. If you are coming into town. Tucson Bike Rentals drops does pick up and delivery to Oro Valley trails. BikeTucson.com.


August 6, 2017
WOW AZ Doubletrack  
Review: Foliage is thick, trails have some new ruts and there are some unexpected sandy spots due to recent weather. Watch for snakes during night rides as the trail is open and warm, a good spot for them to hunt.


July 23, 2017
WOW AZ Doubletrack  
Review: Monsoon rains have left the desert lush, but have also created some new conditions on the trail. IF you hven't been out here for a bit, make sure to look around every corner as there are new unexpected ruts and sandy sections created from the intense storms of the last week. South of Rollins Road could use a LOT more tires on it as horse chop is starting to make it rough. "Second Spring" is happening and the desert is greening. Get out into it!


April 15, 2017
bikerjack Gramcounter  
Review: great trails up there Golder Ranch rules!!


February 16, 2017
WOW AZ Doubletrack  
Review: The 50 Year Trail is in excellent condition, right now. Intermittent rains have kept a lot of the trail from becoming deep sand. There *is* some destruction of tread due to excessive horse usage during wet times ("horsers" don't care about trail conditions). The trail north of Golder Ranch Road has less horse damage than the passages to the south towards Catalina State Park. The rain has come at frequent intervals and the desert floor is starting to be covered in green. IF rains continue in the current pattern, we could be seeing a beautiful spring with wildflowers festooning the trail.

Granny Gear

December 9, 2016
Review: This is a moderately technical trail. I always take my hardtail bike on it. The Chutes can be steep and I miss my dropper post there. Great scenery. Check out this site for more info.. http://tucsonbikerentals.org/mountain-bike-trails/golder-ranch-trail/

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June 6, 2016
Review: Cool trail with great views. I'd like to spend more time there in the winter.

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