Sweetwater Preserve

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4.41 out of 5
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Intermediate
13.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
2,469
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The Sweetwater Preserve features about thirteen miles of singletrack built by mountain bikers. A pristine piece of desert nestled between existing development, it is truly a gem and holds one of the densest collections of saguaro cactus in the Tucson area.

The singletrack begins to the right as you exit the parking lot. Stay right to enter a thick forest of saguaros. Look for a rare crested saguaro among them. At the top of a small pass, continue to the right on the "Black Rock" and "Sun Circle" loops. Hang on for a high speed blast through the Ocotillos on Black Rock, the longer of the loops.

After finishing the loops turn right to climb the semi-technical Lost Arrow Trail. At the next junction a left turn provides a more challenging option, Red Canyon Trail. Close the loop by descending the Wildflower Ridge Trail, enjoying birds eye views of the entire preserve.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (28)
 

Doubletrack


May 19, 2019
 
Review: This is the best trail I have ridden in Arizona. What sets it apart is how well it is laid out and marked. Every decision point is shown and the trail itself is a great mix of smooth flowy singletrack with some technical sections thrown in. I rode the full outside loop which is just under 11 miles. Will defiantly be coming back.

Similar Trail: Fantasy Island




Gramcounter


October 9, 2018
TK34 Gramcounter  
 
Review: 4 stars only because I'm stingy with the 5's. This trail is almost all flow with some of the best Tucson scenery. The tall Seguaro are beautiful and numerous, yet they shouldn't get in the way unless you really screw up. Some climbing, but not crazy. I would rate most of it Beginner/Intermediate. Ride it!




Granny Gear

January 15, 2018
 
Review: Good mix of mild-medium techy/flowy.




Gramcounter

December 24, 2017
 
Review: Fun trail for a quick 10-12 miles. Great night ride!




Granny Gear

August 28, 2017
rockiesrl Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is considered the best trail in Tucson for those looking for a scenic, rocky ride that is technically challenging. If you are coming into town. Tucson Bike Rentals is now the only shop in town offering mountain bike rentals. BikeTucson.com.

Similar Trail: Starr Pass




Epic


January 25, 2017
CFM Epic  
 
Review: A really fun place to ride. The terrain is fantastic and the vegetation is awe inspiring. Trails are laid out very well with a good mix of flowing and technical challenge. Signage is top notch.

Similar Trail: Robles Pass




Doubletrack

December 1, 2016
abegold Doubletrack  
 
Review: New trails added making the total 16 miles. The new trails to the east of parking are easiest. Older sections rockier and more diverse. Saguaro forest, at least 3 crested saguaros. Tasty wolfberries (red) in spring. Excellent wildflower area with fields of bladderpods and much more.

Similar Trail: Robles Pass




Granny Gear

April 28, 2016
 
Review: I live in Tucson, and like the variety of trails to pick from here. This trail system has become my favorite, which is saying something based on what's available. The recently completed "Desperado Loop" has become my go-to trail whenever I get a chance to introduce someone new to the sport. It is a fast, flowy and really fun loop which covers 4.16 miles. It is different than most of the other trails in that it really has no truly rocky sections, the climbs and descents are moderate, but the design takes full advantage of the lay of the land, creating super awesome stretches of undulating, roller-coaster single track and a few tight turns at speed.




Granny Gear

April 1, 2016
 
Review: The new desporado trail is great. High speed lots of undulation, lots of sweeping turns . Very fast. Love it!




Granny Gear

March 8, 2016
 
Review: This trail system has more than doubled my abilities (but I still suck!). This was the first true singletrack I've ridden in more than 20 years, but I've visited Sweetwater about 12 times in 6 short weeks. (A few other places, too). Many obstacles I initially "hiked" over, I've learned to ride over. Yesterday was my last ride on this sweet trail..I'm leaving Arizona for a couple years tomorrow. This trail is a highlight memory...it really got me involved in mountain biking again! To the creators of Sweetwater...THANK YOU! It is a wonderful place to go biking. Job well done!



Sweetwater Preserve MTB Trail 4.41 out of 5 based on 28 ratings. 28 user reviews.
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