Honeybee Canyon / Rail X Ranch

3.79 out of 5
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↑ 3,900 ft
↓ 900 ft
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About this trail
From the trailhead take the powerline road north approximately .7 miles to the cattle gate. Once though the gate the entrance to the singletrack trail is on the right 100 yards ahead. After another mile or so the singletrack crosses the powerline road. To take the Rail X Loop take the singletrack that splits to the north approximately .7 miles after you cross over the powerline road. After almost two miles of riding north you will come to a dirt road called Edwin Road. Take this road to the west. You can either take Edwin Road about 2.5 miles to the windmill or turn off after approximately 1.5. This turn will take you to a singletrack trail that crosses over the road. Take the singletrack east to head back to Honeybee or west to go to the windmill. At the windmill you will start back east to honeybee. After you pass the windmill there are two options. Stay on main trail for a mix of singletrack and doubletrack. Take fork on left for a singletrack trail. Both meet up further down the trail. The singletrack on left isn't marked as well and can be hard to follow but is much more fun. After just over two miles the trail meets up with a doubletrack trail. Stay to the left. In less than a mile you will come to a fork in the doubletrack. Stay left to loop back to Honeybee Canyon loop. When you get to the four way junction, take the singletrack to your right. After a few more miles the singletrack trail will meet back up with the powerline road once again. Turn right to head back to the gate or left to take the singletrack you started on back to the gate.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Honeybee Canyon Loop
Rail X Ranch Loop
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Granny Gear

August 28, 2017
rockiesrl Granny Gear  
Review: This is one of the most scenic and fun trails in the state of Arizona. Windy, curvy, slurvy, fun, fast and a great enduro ride. Don't be afraid to take beginners here. Go to BikeTucson.com for video and parking instructions. If you are coming into town. Tucson Bike Rentals drops does pick up and delivery to the Honeybee Trail. BikeTucson.com.

Similar Trail: 24 hour

September 20, 2016
Review: , These are nice Trails on a nice Ranch. This is an ongoing business a cattle operation. The owners and operators would appreciate it if respect was shown while The Operators are working cattle. While they are gathering cattle. If you see a helicopter low to the ground pushing cattle stop don't move let us go by after all we are paying a lot more than twenty bucks to be there so show a little respect please. Thanks

Bunny Hop

January 28, 2015
Review: A good ride to get used to desert conditions, but can be a little boring in spots. The east side is pretty flat. The west side you get some elevation changes that and a nice long downhill (if you start on the east side). There's a lot of wildlife on this trail to keep things interesting in the boring parts. There's also some old structures and other historical items for distractions.


November 29, 2014
Review: Fantastic trail. Rode it counter clockwise and was disappointed to finish. Don't let the advance rating scare you. Mostly flat ride with just enough climbs &'rocks to keep it enjoyable. Plenty of sandy washes and all the flora have pointy things that hurt.

*11/30/15 update: Additional trail added to the loop that increases the miles & smiles to the ride. A couple of merit badge worthy alternate lines!

Granny Gear

September 19, 2014
Review: One of my favorites in the Tucson area. Love the long winding downhill portion if you loop counter clockwise.

Bunny Hop

March 15, 2014
Review: Great ride, awesome scenery.

Granny Gear

January 31, 2014
Review: Smooth single track very pleasent. Edwin road section is a decent climb grind, not very steep. Rode with 25 mph winds out of the west, only noticed them on Edwin road. Down hill trail western side of loop (windmill) fast and fun. Decent amount of technical rocky downhill and small climbs. Great for experienced beginners to seasoned trail junkies. One of my favorite trails if your looking for outdoor smells and an hour or so of good cardio.

May 1, 2013
Review: Many of these trails were built illegally on state trust land. In order to ride on Arizona state trust land you must have a permit (costs $20 from the state land office.) peanalty for not having a permit is an $80 ticket.



December 26, 2012
Review: Superb ride on the east side of the Tortolitas and south of Edwin Road. Great expanse north of Rancho Vistoso heading east along Honeybee Canyon and few people.

Similar Trail: Tortolita Preserve, 50-Year


December 24, 2012
Review: This is better than 50-Year (but doesn't have anything like the Chutes) and crazier than Fantasy Island. A great ride with lots of single track and kick butt views. No people and lots of options. One of the best trails I have stumbled upon in the Oro Valley Area. Definitely on my list to do again. There is a small parking area above the gated entryway and under the power poles.

Similar Trail: 50-Year



February 5, 2013
Guest Trailblazer  
Review: When you get to Edwin road, cross slightly to the right and follow the single track that will start to the east for about 1/2 mile then loop back west and end up across the road from the windmill. When you get to a corral about 4 miles in ride through it and look for tracks leading up the hill following the fence more or less back to Edwin road. Cross cattle guard and take sandy double track to windmill. As you are leaving windmill area keep a sharp eye for single track curling off to the left.

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