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Level: Intermediate
Length: 100 mi (160.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +628/570 ft
Total: 41 riders
 

Mountain Biking Tucson Mountain Park

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#425 of 444 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#5576 in the world

Just about every pullout on Gates Pass Rd has a trailhead. Pick up a trail and connect to many others along the way if you wish. You can do any amount of miles that you wish. The trails are great for beginners, quick rides after work and night rides. If you feel you are getting lost, just head back toward the mountain. There are also paved roads to get you back to your car if you get tired of the trails.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
From I-10 take Speedway west. Follow Speedway over Gates Pass. Just about any one of the pullout has a trail head.
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  • Christopher M
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    Great trail outside of Tucson. Typical Arizona rolling trails throughout the desert landscape. Lots and lots of trails, I only rode a small portion and will defiantly make another trip back. Make sure you do your research as to where to park, get on the trail. There are maps at many trailheads but also a lot of info available at pima county's website. Also a ton of great breweries in the area.

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  • cjsutterer
    *****

    Great system of trails! Super fast and flowy with some very technical trails thrown in. I loved the cactuses everywhere. It really made you stay on your game, instead of face-planting a spiny blood sucking cactus!

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  • abegold
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    Might be 100 miles of trails here from Sweetwater Preserve all the way to Robles Pass and south. Many different routes, signs have just been added to the trails making it much more tourist friendly. Saguaro forest with many cholla cactus and diverse ecosystem. Accupuncture is very narrow. John Krein the most brutal tech trail. The newest trail to the network is Rock Wren. A lot of fun crossing and rising to the spine of the mountains. Can continue on up Yetman for a great climb and turn around for the most fun or loop thru the mountain gap of Star Pass.

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  • ****

    Awesome, craggy, technically challenging course. Not many signs and easy to get lost. Scenery is incredible. If you are coming to town, avoid the department store resort mtn bikes offered. They don't work. If you are coming into town. Tucson Bike Rentals has some nice bikes... BikeTucson.com.

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  • CFM
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    Rode from the trailhead near the Starr Pass Golf Course. Dropped down into the flat area, across and up through Starr Pass to the other side of the peaks. Navigated relatively new trail along the hillside above Tucson Estates and back through the peaks into the flats on Yetman trail. Climbed back up to the trailhead for the finish. Great desert scenery, moderate technical challenge. Navigating is difficult because of numerous side trails and lack of adequate signage. Fortunately for us we met a local rider who gave us some direction.

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  • CFM
    Reviewing Robles Pass:
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    Riding through a Saguaro forest is probably pretty blasé for the local riders but it was a fantastic experience for us Midwesterners. Trails in this system range from beginner friendly to expert level. Other reviewers have already covered the specifics well.

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  • Michael D. Jordan
    *****

    First time on this trail,I enjoyed it took it easy I just rode The small loop three times around. Enjoy the scenery that was probably my biggest problem looking at all the stuff I'm trying to stay on the trail.looking forward to riding all the other trails.

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  • Steve Mehne
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    Rode from the Starr Pass trailhead next to the golf course. Trails are fun, nothing too challenging which was nice since it was the dead of winter in the Midwest. Lots of mileage and beautiful views, plenty of wildlife was spotted as well. Going under the freeway freaked me out a bit, but trying to cross was worse.

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  • xavier61
    Reviewing Robles Pass:
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    Hard to find the entrance to the area off of Irvington. Nothing is marked and many of the trails are adjacent to residential properties. I rode around a little bit and found several examples of recent human habitation. While many trails were evident I did not know if I was on someone's personal property. Given that this side of town is not the safest place to be on your own without a good knowledge of the area I did not feel safe riding along the trails.

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  • wfool
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    I was in Tucson on vacation. This was an awesome trail with views of the mountains and desert rides. I had so much fun, I am hoping that one day I can make it back to rid more of the trails.

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  • AustinLawRider
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    The Starr Pass trails can be accessed right from the JW Marriott which also rents decent bikes. Although the trail is great fun with excellent challenging terrain, there is no room for error (hence the Advanced Difficulty) with cactus of all types lining the trails. Be sure to bring GPS, lots of water, tweezers, and Bactine.

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  • MatthewKvilvang
    ***

    Decent trails good scenery. I do recommend riding very early morning during the summer months as it just gets hotter than all get out due to the reflection of heat off the rocks on top of the peaks. good trail roughly 1.5-2.5 feet wide and dusty usually.

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  • John Fisch
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    On the plus side--crazy good desert mountain scenery everywhere Some good, extended climbing and some super cross-country travel. However, much of the trail network is just piles of loose rock and what's under your knobbies isn't of the quality you will find at other Tucson area trails. This is also a tough place to go on your own for the first time as there are many trails not on the map and cairns that will lead you astray. You can never get completely lost as there are always major landmarks in view, but you can spend a lot of time on dead ends or lower quality singletrack.

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  • Jared13
    Reviewing Robles Pass:
    *****

    Very fun trail. It has some beginner trails (Camaro, Creosote and Cascabel), some intermediate (Bittersweet, 360 Vista, and Boulder Belt) and some advanced (Flight Path and parts of Boulder Belt.) There is are two trailheads along Irvington Road: Creosote TH and Cascabel TH. I actually parked in between them in a pull-off section. If you're going west on Irvington, they're right after Jamaica Way and right before Soledad Ave.

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  • Jared13
    *****

    HUGE trail system. I rode this area twice, 2-3 hours each time and I was in two completely separate areas. I rode only Brown Mountain and then Starr Pass -> Yetmen -> Bowmen -> Hidden Canyon (See sdmb.org for better trail info)
    Brown Mountain: Starts out rolling through the desert and gets technical quick as you drop into/out of a wash. Then it's sweet, rocky singletrack with some tight switchbacks and a lot of climbing. On the way up to the top and at the top you have some great views. Then the way down is even more technical. Large drops, huge rocks, and tight, steep switchbacks. Oh, and cactus lining your decent.
    Starr Pass/etc: Starts out with some techy climbs and descents. Both are very fun. Hidden Canyon has some Hike-A-Bike. The switchbacks are insanely tight/steep but it's a great trail.
    Overall the park is a "More difficult" trail but it has some areas that are definitely black diamond or greater.

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  • kirkastroth
    Reviewing Robles Pass:
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    Great trails and rides, including the Camaro Loop which actually has a wrecked Camaro you can ride over. Lots of options out here. The 360 Trail is steep but gives great vistas of the whole area. Ledgesurfer is also fun.

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  • abegold
    Reviewing Robles Pass:
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    16 miles of trails. Several climbs and descents around desert hills. 4 ways to enter the area, trailheads on Ajo Way and Irvington Rd. For beginners take Ledge Surfer and Camaro Loop for little climbing. 360 Vista and Sunset Pass add tech and climbing.* This is an underused network, expect solitude.
    Review edited 4/13/2011* Review edited 10/30/2012

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  • juliabrown717
    ***

    easier trail, but super easy to get lost on, not enough sign markers. not recommended for those who are bad with directions.

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  • abegold
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    Some routes are moderate but most are tough. Many miles of trail from tech Robles Pass and northward to Speedway and west thru several trails west of Gates and other passes. May be 60 miles of trails here, very few signs. John Krein Trail is the toughest. Classic Sonoran desert saguaro forest.

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  • smorris
    ****

    TMP is a real treasure. Quiet and relatively undisturbed, despite being so close to Tucson.

    The trails are not for everyone, and are not easy. They tend to be full of rocks/rubble, but scenery is off the charts.

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