Arizona Trail: Cienega Corridor
Length: 26 mi (41.8 km)
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +520/853 ft
Total: 37 riders
Mountain Biking Arizona Trail: Cienega Corridor
#50 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#1287 in the world
This segment of the Arizona Trail is newly constructed and built to high standard. Weave through saguaros and dodge sharp rocks for over 25 miles (one way). This is an out and back ride, so turn around when you want and head back.
There are many access points, but the closest to Tucson is at Pistol Hill Road (described in directions). The trail heads southeast, around a saguaro studded hillside before dropping into Colossal Cave Mountain Park. After climbing a steep saddle, look for 'the castle' in the distance. It's a private residence, but a bizarre one. Continue on the mellow singletrack to 3 Bridges, then through a rideable culvert under Interstate 10.
The segment ends at the Lakes Road, near some dirt tanks, but construction (on the Las Colinas segment) to tie into the Arizona Trail further south is ongoing.
Before you go
- No Drinking water
- No E-bikes permitted
- No Fat biking allowed in winter
- No Fee required
- No Lift service
- No Night riding allowed
- No Pump track
- No Restrooms
The trail crosses Pistol Hill Road approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Old Spanish Trail. From Old Spanish Trail drive downhill on Pistol Hill, a well-maintained dirt road, to a cattle guard. There is room for parking above and below the cattle guard. The northbound trail begins at a gate in the fence north of the cattle guard. It goes to Rincon Creek, approximately 3.5 miles.
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