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Level: Intermediate
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +1,177/ -265 ft
Total: 50 riders

Mountain Biking Honeybee Canyon / Rail X Ranch

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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.

First added by popo23dba on Dec 17, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take Rancho Vistoso Blvd approximately 2.6 miles west from Oracle Rd. Trailhead is located on Quiet Rain Dr just north of Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Parking is available at the shopping center located at Rancho Vistoso Blvd/Sun City Blvd or at the Honeybee Hiking Trail parking lot further west on Ranch Vistoso Blvd.
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  • 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.

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  • Kirk A. Astroth
    Reviewing Rail X Ranch Loop:

    Access issues have closed the trailhead off Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Do NOT use the powerline/WAPA road to access this area any more until the access issues are resolved. You have a couple of options to ride these trails. You can still drive or ride up Edwin Road from near Saddlebrook on Oracle Road where the Rail X Ranch sign is. Or you can park at the old juvenile justice facility just south of MP 85 on Oracle Road and north of the wildlife bridge. Parking area is on the east side. From there, ride north, cross at the light on Wilds Road and ride up the highway to the entrance to the Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church. Ride down the paved road and look for the obvious two-track near the telephone poles for the trail., New directional signs should be in place. Or you can also park at the big shopping center at Golder Ranch Road, cross at the light there and ride south on Oracle Road to the church entryway. DO NOT PARK ON THE CHURCH ROAD. We have access to state lands thanks to the church, but will lose that privilege if we don't abide by their wishes--no parking on their land, do not litter or defecate, do not ask to use the bathrooms at the church or fill your water bottles, and be courteous.

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  • Kirk A. Astroth

    Do not use the trailhead described here--it is closed and under dispute. And do NOT park on the Methodist Church road in Catalina. Park across Oracle Road at the Bashas parking lot, at the old juvenile justice parking lot north of the wildlife bridge, or access the trails from Edwin Road

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  • Nefarious Eduardo

    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.

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Rail X Ranch Loop:

    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.

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter

    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!

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  • brilliantanyway

    One of my favorites in the Tucson area. Love the long winding downhill portion if you loop counter clockwise.

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  • [email protected]

    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.

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  • kirkastroth

    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.

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  • kirkastroth
    Reviewing Rail X Ranch Loop:

    I rode this yesterday and it superb. Did a total of about 15 miles and a big loop up from the Quiet Rain trailhead (small parking area there) up to Edwin tank and back around. This is one of the most fun trails I have been on and way better than Fantasy Island or 50-Year (although missing the chutes). Perfect before-Christmas ride, no people and very sweet terrain. It is not an advanced trail. More easy.

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