Milagrosa Trail - TRAIL

Milagrosa Trail - Trail, Tucson, Arizona

This trail poorly marked but you can't get lost since it follows a ridge all the way down (cliffs on both sides). You deserve a sponsor if you can stay on the bike to the bottom. Beware of wild steers and dung heaps. Allow more time than you think (3-4 hours). Prepare well as this is very exposed with no easy way back after the first 3 miles. Terrific views. Park a shuttle car on Snyder. The best ride in NE Tucson!

User Reviews (19)

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cody_canning   Racer [Mar 26, 2009]

As other wrote its really rough, loose and rocky. I would not recomend riding this unless you are an experienced rider or you don't mind walking. I did it on a 4" xc bike and cleaned everything first try in under 2 hours for the loop. One of the most technical trails i've ever road. Really fun!

Customer Service

As other wrote. Do the loop from the bottom of Lemmon. Another run ride is to start from the top of Green Mountain and link all the singletrack to the bottom.

Similar Products Used: Green Mountain.
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5
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3
danzig   Downhiller [Mar 20, 2009]

This trail will get your full attention or else...Went out with some friends and had no idea what I had ahead of me. Fast, fast, fast with plenty of high speed jumps and I went over my bars twice and less then a mile from the end of the trail did a face plant into some prickly pare cactus. After having my sister in-law pull the majority of them out I noticed I had two flat tires and hiked out with my bike on my shoulder.....still my favorite ride.

Customer Service

You can park at the camp ground/bathroom area across from the saddle and away you go.

Similar Products Used: Trails are abundant in/on the Catalina Mt's...take your pick.
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4
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3
adamrobinson   Cross Country Rider [Dec 08, 2006]

The best loop in the Tucson area. We climb the highway and drop from the Molino saddle. As a loop, its roughly 15 miles, but I think they are some of the toughest I've ridden. Everything is highstakes: cliffs, cactus, barbwire, heat, sun... the typical Sonoran ride. But Millie adds the danger element of some really techy sections, both up and down.
Cheers to whoever cleaned up the trail and put hits along the side. The monsoons wrecked the trail in many sections, and some kind souls put it back together. peace.
We ride this trail on 5/6" travel bikes and always carry knee/shin pads. Only thing is, you gotta be sparing on the weight for the 6 mile highway uphill. Ride it fast and this trail will beat the snot out of you. It saves the best for last, the Narrows and the skinny skin skins.
Last thing, the Core Coolers from 661 are the shizzz. Tell ABE to get em in. It's $50 well spent.

Similar Products Used: Cactusy, flat-tire, goat-heady, crap.
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5
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4
Brendonius   Weekend Warrior [Nov 04, 2006]

This is a killer trail and a great adventure. It's the kind of trail that you feel really good about finishing. The day I went it was cool and overcast. Once you get over that ridge you suddenly feel so remote. Don't hurt yourself. You've got ten hard miles ahead of you. I posted a motionbased map on my riding blog .

Customer Service

From your car, head up Soldier Road until it meets the Mt. Lemmon Short Road. Take that up to the Catalina Highway and ride 7 miles to Prison Camp. From Prison Camp, you follow signs to the Bellota Trail which takes you over a hill and into the Molino basin. This is some fun singletrack. When you get to the campground, cross the Catalina highway and follow the Bellota Trail (part of the AZ trail) up and over the ridge. This is super steep and technical and there are these annoying rubber erosion mitigation strips. Although I pooped out this time, I remember staying on my pedals for most of the climb in the Spring. Once you get up the ridge you go through a green gate and begin a technical descent. Lots of dropoffs, switchbacks, and some serious exposure. The trail will flatten out, and you'll cross a little valley. Then, you climb briefly and descend again. You head past a water tank, cross a wash, and go through a second gate. Finally, you'll be on some doubletrack and you will come to a sandy wash. You have to look carefully to see the Milagrosa trail on the right. It is not marked. You know you're on it because you'll be carrying your bike up and over some sand and rocks before you can really ride. Take this all the way along a gorgeous ridge. Watch out for prickly pear and derailleur snapping rocks. As you come to the end, you'll notice a steep red canyon to your left, the trail will veer to the right and descend a fun slickrock section. You cross a wash and climb again, head through one last green gate, and the trail hits some doubletrack just below a few houses. You can find your way back to your car from here.

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4
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4
Alex Wainwright   Downhiller [Oct 04, 2006]

Killer. we didnt go with enough water and it was hot and almost were heli'ed out so go in winter and w/ alot of water. we rode prison camp to the end and crossed the road, hiked up and started. the first decent was bomb, fast, and with some good turns and none of us came close to crashing and were pinnin it so dont be scared. on the way down there were alright decents but were always followed by some up hill, they were pretty small but still killed us. about half the way down we were out of watter and were getting kind of nauseous so i dont remember too much until we found some drinkable water from a stream. after that we were feeling pretty good for the final decent. up to this point i wanted to get heli'ed out but this downhill was worth all the pain and suffering. it was filled with fast smooth rock faces, fretful steep rock gardens, and we found some little jumps and drops on the way down to top it of. oh ya only one of us four who were riding had to walk it but we dont think we deserve sponsers.

Customer Service

Shuttle from Snyder(to get your car as close to the end of the trail as possible, drive down Snyder and take the first road on the right if going west, take that to the end, take a right on to a dirt road that turns into a paved road for a little bit and park by the green gate)

Similar Products Used: sorry it was so long but this trail deserved it
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5
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4
chollapincushion   Weekend Warrior [Jun 21, 2004]

This is my first post to MTBreview. I've been lurking for a while, assimilating the knowledge of those unselfish souls who have gone before me, wasting their money on sheisty products and their time on lame trails so I don't have to. I have decided that it is time I contribute, and I have deemed the most appropriate topic to be this spectacular trail. This trail is gnar-gnar sweetness! Did it my first couple of times on a Slingshot with rigid forks and Softride stem. Probably went over the bars 3-4 times on the first descent to the tank. Finally built a FS with 5"F/6"R. Now I'm rockin stretches of Milagrosa I never thought I'd grow the cahones to ride. Anyway, this trail has it all: fast steep descents, technical rock gardens and drops, slickrock, fast, tight single track. If you are new to the trail and the downhill and technical stuff it offers, you could spend 5 hrs getting from Molino Basin to the bottom pretty easily. I've managed to do top to bottom in about two, not really pushing the pace including a couple flats. Given that, it is feasible to ride this trail in the summer, if you start early you can be out and beat the heat. I've recently (June) been riding it 1-2X/week. Armor is recommended as per a previous reviewer. I haven't ridden anything further up the mountain yet. If you live on the east side, you can get to Molino Basin pretty quickly and bang out a sweet downhill ride before work if you have a partner and shuttle it. Check it out.

Customer Service

If it is your first time be extra careful about finding the turn onto Milagrosa. Got dark on me the first time after I missed it and ended up on Reddington Road at night in December. Hitchhiked to the bottom.

Similar Products Used: 50 Year Trail northeast out of the Chutes - fun at night. Still so many trails to check out in the Catalinas.
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5
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3
ballstothewall   Weekend Warrior [Feb 05, 2004]

This trail is awesome. I've been biking in moab the past 2 years and this trail is still my favorite. Way cool tech stuff and you can get speed if you have the balls. Just remember you can clear anything in a hardtail as long as you do it correct and also walking is for little girls ride untill you crash it makes for good stories afterwards. Keep on biking.

Customer Service

same

Similar Products Used: any thing on Mt. Lemmon espicially Butterfly and Green mountain
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5
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3
BRHacker   Weekend Warrior [Jan 14, 2004]

Stupendous! 95% rideable. 4-5 hr

Customer Service

Park at base of Mt Lemmon Hwy. Ride Hwy up to Prison Camp, go down Molino Tr, up Bellota Tr, down Milagrosa Tr back to car.

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5
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3
Michael Munno   Cross Country Rider [Nov 10, 2003]

The best trail I rode in the Tucson area. I rode it in late october alone. I started at Prison camp. Its a challenging trail but doable by most compitent riders. The rout was relitivly easy to follow even with out a map. For a Colorado rider going through the giant cactus was a real treat.

Customer Service

Prison camp and back on the road(7mile climb)

Similar Products Used: 50 year trail
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5
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3
Kleinfan   [Sep 20, 1999]

Brief hike-a-bike is well worth it. Great views!

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