Javelina / Mustang / Burro

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4.29 out of 5
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8.0
miles

Singletrack
2,800
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
2:04
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
Steep loose climb up the Upper Javelina. You will climb over a saddle and down the other side, then the trail will split. Left is the Wild Mustang, right cuts back down towards the Ritz, (not recommended). WM climbs up to another saddle, then splits again, with the Cochie Spring trail going left. Do not take this, but continue up the WM up to a ridge ahead. This is tricky at times and you will have to HAB in places. Trail is for quite accomplished riders, or at least fit riders who know when to get off and push! Continue on up, the trail will eventually get somewhat easier, then will peel off and down towards the Upper Wild Burro trail. At the second gate, you can turn around and come back, or take a couple of other options, either down the Wild Burro, tricky with some difficult HAB, around some of Alamo Spring trail, down the Spur trail to the Wild Burro, or make a long loop around the east side of the Tortolitas.

New trails are being developed, so the area is improving all the time.
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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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Gramcounter

February 21, 2018
rockerc Gramcounter  
 
Review: Been a while since the last update. Javelina has had a bunch of work done, by the Town of Marana and myself amongst others. Most of this work is good and has made the trail somewhat easier. There are berms and the trail bad has been smoothed out. Not all what I personally would like, but it will cause less HAB for the less advanced rider. Once up to the tops, you have Wild Mustang, still a challenging trail, Upper Wild Burro, not particularly challenging but useful and scenic, and the fairly recently completed RidgelineTrail. Rifgeline does not go quite as far as originally envisaged so as to connect up with the top of the Maus Trail, but it is a useful connector, and not challenging at all. It is a bit of a shame that these newer trails are so easy to ride when the nature of the Tortolitas has always been tricky. These link up with Alamo Spring Trail to Alamo Spur, and the steep drop/climb down or back up from Wild Burro Wash. Some work has been done recently on the Spur Trail, but it is mostly HAB going up, and heart-in-the-mouth-but-rideable-mostly on the way down.

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Epic


December 31, 2014
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Even as a reasonably skilled technical rider, most of this network is punctuated with lots of dismounts and hike-a-bikes. The rideable parts are great, especially on Mustang and parts of Burro, but the frequent dismounts, especially on Javelina, make this one far from the funnest trail in the area.

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Gramcounter

May 27, 2014
 
Review: Quite fun trail to ride. pretty wide in some parts but it is mostly 2-5 feet wide. A few HaB sections beause the trail is rocky and also steep and loose in some sections. super fun

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Doubletrack

March 20, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
 
Review: The south side connection to Oro Valley is complete but hard to use as parking nearby is not available. It's about 9 miles of mostly doubletrack to get the the new trail, which connects to older sections. Now access is at the Pima/Pinal county line off Oracle Rd. on the north side of Catalina. A new section called the Badlands has added a tight twisting singletrack about 5 miles in length. 3/20/2012* Review edited 3/20/2012

Similar Trail: 50 Year Upper Loop, Sweetwater

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Gramcounter

July 7, 2011
rockerc Gramcounter  
 
Review: Since I first wrote about this trail, there have been a couple of improvements further up in the Tortolitas with the completion of the Goat Corral connector trail. This takes the Upper Wild Burro Wash trail out of the picture if you want to connect up over by Goat Corral and down to the North side of the Torts. Technical difficulty on this new section is not as much as the Javelina, so it does give some respite from that! There is another trail in process right now which will eventually link the Wild Burro/Wild Mustang/Alamo Spring with the East side of the Torts. Lots of scope when this is done.

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Granny Gear

November 29, 2010
 
Review: Certainly the most technical trails in the Tucson area (as of 2010)! Great stuff, but not unless you're riding strong and have very high bike-handling skills. The better you are, the less you'll be off and carrying your bike. This is my kind of stuff! It challenges me to clean more of it with every attempt.

Similar Trail: A somewhat similar ride would be a ride on the AZ Trail as it crests Molino Basin and heads down to Miligrosa, but that's easier than most of the "Wild Burrito" loop described here.

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Doubletrack

November 19, 2010
abegold Doubletrack  
 
Review: I have hiked and tried to bike here several times. Unless very skilled tech rider you'll be walking a lot until very far back, over an hour. Beautiful country the Mariposa lillies bloom here in spring, very diverse eco system of flowers.

Similar Trail: 50 Year Trail upper loops

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Javelina / Mustang / Burro MTB Trail 4.29 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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