Molino Basin TRail - TRAIL

Molino Basin TRail - Trail, Tucson, Arizona

Head West through campground entrance to trail on the left.Steep uphill to saddle a descent past Prison Camp campgrounds then another ascent to a sadlle, then head back the way you came.

User Reviews (9)

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jdub347   Cross Country Rider [Jul 12, 2004]

As was stated before...an excellent long training ride with multiple options for 30+ mile rides. Bring lots of water and food.

Customer Service

Ride up Catalina Highway to Molina Basin, take AZ trail on east side of highway and climb to saddle, dropping down to AZ Trail by Bellota Ranch. Hook up to Bellota Ranch road and ride out to Reddington Rd. You can either ride up to Side Door of Chiva Falls and ride to cross roads and take it out to Thre Feathers parking lot. Ride down Reddington Rd. to wherevever you parked your car. Prepare for a 31+ mile excursion.

Similar Products Used: Italian trap, Upper Chiva Loop, Prison Camp, Miligrosa
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Mark Winkelman   [Jan 06, 1999]

The climb on the way to the saddle makes this trail so much fun on the way down. Short, but sweet!

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Rowley   [Jan 12, 1999]

This is a good trail but it is awfully short. It is good for after work or before work rides or in the early summer AM before it gets too hot out. I give it 3 stars only because it is too short.

Customer Service

A faster way to ride this trail is to park just before the toll booth then ride up the road until the prison camp turn off on the left. Bomb the singletrack back to the car. Makes for a great after work singletrack session. This section of trail is not actually called Molino basin however. It is technically called the prison camp/Molino basin campground section of the AZ trail.

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Will Ertl   [Jan 19, 1999]

Its a really cool trail. The only bad thing is the ride up to the trail.You can really get some speed down the trail. Its not that technical. Its a good short trail. Its not an all day kind of thing. It probably takes around 30 min for the whole thing.

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Jesse   [Mar 04, 1999]

OK, park at the McDonald's at the intersection of Catalna Highway and Tanque Verde. Ride up Catalina Highway(past Molino, optional) to Prison Camp left turn. Take it and descend the trail back to Molino Campgroud. Cross the highway and go down the trail, take the right fork which you will come to. Up a steep, technical section, till you battle your way to the top. Excellent view here into the Rincons. Descend the trail down to the Arizona Trail(starts at a water tank), which it turns into. Take this until you reach Bellota Ranch Road, right turn, climb(a lot) that up to Reddington Road. Another right, and follow Reddington Road past the Chiva Falls parking lot back down to where it turns into Tanque Verde Road. Ride this back to Mac's Lounge and your car! WARNING: This really is a tough ride if you are not an excellent bike handler with a lot of endurance. Fun for those who can do it, but don't get in over your head. About 30 miles...allow five hours to be safe.

Customer Service

OK, this is the real Molino route, one which makes for an excellent training ride if you are in excellent shape. Be sure to take plenty of water, flat repair, etc, cause you don't want to get stuck out there... Last time I did it I flatted three times I think...

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bill macmartin   [Sep 17, 1999]

this is a good winter ride.it's a little hot in the summer.the arizona trl from molino basin to prison camp is fairly good.the trl down is ok.(the only reason to do it is the climb)

Customer Service

start at milepost 0.ride up to molino basin.pick up the trl there and climb to prison camp.come back down the same way.

Similar Products Used: the aspen draw and meadow trl on mt.lemmon(good climbing).
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Paul Pineo   [Feb 19, 2000]

Bring LOTS of WATER, food, maybe a phone. Call Arizona Off-Road Adventures (520/822-9830) for a guide, or for a map and directions. This ride is
EPIC!

Paul Pineo
Arizona Off-Road Adventures

Customer Service

After riding the Molino Basin Trail, you can cross Catalina Highway and continue on nearly ten more miles of SWEEEET Arizona Trail singletrack. Take the Milagrosa ridge trail (can be hard to find) rather than exiting by Belotta Ranch. Its much more fun, more singletrack and less climbing (Woo Hoo!)

Similar Products Used: Uh, I dunno, about forty or so. Give Arizona Off-Road Adventures a call at (520) 822-9830
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5
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ChodeNode   [Nov 16, 2000]

Not too much here. Decent plant life if you're into that, but not really any breath-taking views. This trail was built for hikers, which is easy to tell because there are these annoying thick plastic strips along the trail that stick in the air about 4 inches (I think its to prevent trail decay, not sure). Its got some tight swtichbacks that take decent balance to get through without putting your foot down. Not really rocky or slick. A couple descents that make you question your nerve, but nothing close to epic. Pretty short ride as others have said. If you're looking for an all-day ride, I'd suggest you pass on this one. This is a decent ride for beginners but has enough elements to keep intermediate/advanced riders entertained.

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Phil   [Nov 28, 2000]

As many have commented, not an all day-er. Great ride to sneak in after work. Pretty decent uphill work to get the lungs burning. Would take begginers, but only if they're in pretty decent shape. If you want to practice your technical skills, cross Catalina Hwy and pick up the trail to the right about 100 yards in. From there you can hit the saddle in about 20 minutes w/ brief sections of hike-a-bike. This is also the beggining route to Bellota ranch and Milagrosa trail.

Customer Service

As stated, except I like to cross Catalina Hwy and tack on the short but steep climb on the east side of the pavement.

Similar Products Used: Milagrosa, Chiva, Italian Trap
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