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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +523/524 ft
Total: 17 riders
 

Mountain Biking Javelina / Mustang / Burro

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#73 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#2,129 in the world

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.

First added by on Nov 15, 2010. 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
From I10 take Tangerine exit in Marana, go east to Dove Mtn. Blvd. turn left up
the hill. Go almost all the way to the Ritz Carlton entrance and park at the Wild
Burro TH on the right. If you reach the roundabout you are about 1/4 mile too
far. Ride up to the roundabout and go straight, then immediately right onto a
path parallel with the road to the hotel entrance. Cross over one road, then
down and over a golf cart track, then across another road and immediately left
onto the trail parallel to that road. Continue on past the entrance to the golf
club, and you will come to a metal gate. Upper Javelina trail starts up the hill
immediately to the right.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Tucson, Arizona

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  • John Fisch
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    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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  • MatthewKvilvang
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    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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  • abegold
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    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

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  • Evil_Patrick
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    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.

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  • abegold
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    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.

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