Sweetwater Preserve - TRAIL

Sweetwater Preserve - Trail, Tucson, Arizona

Singletrack thru mostly virgin desert. Lower hills of Tucson Mountains. Saguaro forest, big barrel cactus and lots of wildflowers this spring '08. Trails built by mountain bikers. Not highly technical it's quite a fun flow thru trail. Good trail for singlespeeds. 6 loops.

User Reviews (5)

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Big Daddy Tucson   Cross Country Rider [Jun 09, 2010]

My first time one the trail today. Sweet ride. went back and did it again and again. Nextime I'll pick a cooler day. Good signage on trail helps you hit every loop and trail this place has to offer. some technical spots but very easy to get a nice flow.

Similar Products Used: Yetman trail, Fantasy island, Chiva falls, 24 hour course.
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4
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3
cac313   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2010]

We've been looking for new trails to ride and this one sounded promising. It's all a collection of single track loops, the loops are as short as 0.4 miles to as long as 1.6 miles. The good thing/bad thing is that all the trails are two way. The good thing is that you can ride them both directions and get two different riding experiences on the same track, the bad thing is you will have oncoming riders from time to time. Everyone we came up to was courteous making way so it wasn't an issue for us. We took our turns making way as well. It's really pretty trail winding in and around the foothills, lots of saguaro. The trails themselves are pretty much all rocky so you are not going to be bombing too much, There's nothing here that I would consider advanced but you wouldn't want to take a 1st time rider out there. According to my GPS the highest point on the trail from the parking lot was about 260ft up. All told we climbed a combined 1,000ft over the 9+ miles. If you are used to Fantasy Island on the east side of town you have to do a lot more climbing. Nothing too steep, just longer.
There are trail signs now, white metal signs with colored trail maps along with arrows showing where you are. They look to be fairly new and its nice to see someone putting in that effort (I'm assuming the county did it?). This was a lot of fun, this will probably be our new weekend riding destination.

Customer Service

For the most part we went counter clockwise (Saguaro Vista-Black Rock-Lost Arrow, etc.) but we encountered people going the other way on pretty much every loop. I'd recommend doing each loop both ways, it changes the flavor of the trail and adds some variety.

Similar Products Used: West Side_Starr Pass/Yetman Trail
East Side_AZ Trail/Pistol Hill South, Fantasy Island (North Side)
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5
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3
inspector   Weekend Warrior [Dec 29, 2008]

high! just heard about this trail last week and was blown away with trails. there is nothing which could be considered "near death", but, plenty of technical stuff for the true racer type and plenty of fun stuff for the beginner.
the trail are not marked (and speaking with the construction and park crew) and never will be. SOOOO, you might find it difficult navigating the 11 miles of trails. once you go through the entrance gate, the trails split immediately. either way is a good option. the left trail might be considered more difficult with sharper drops and bigger rocks. but, after doing it once, the second time should be easier.
this is pretty much virginal desert with large saguaro and ocotillo spread over the entire trail system. there are alos a few washes you will be riding over with loose sand. beware!
enjoy this gem of tucson!

Customer Service

the easier trails are to the right at the entrance. but all trails are very doable. 11 miles.

Similar Products Used: fantasy island. 50 year trail.
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5
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4
tommytitus   Cross Country Rider [Dec 26, 2008]

The trails are now well compacted, and there's a new trailhead at the end of Tortolita Road. Please note that this is the only place you can park to access the system. Sweetwater Road on the southern boundary is private property, and parked cars will be towed. You can find more information at

http://www.sdmb.org/Trail-Sweetwater.html and at

http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/trails/sweetwater/index.htm

Customer Service

Ride everything in each direction.

Similar Products Used: Tucson Mountain Park, which is a few miles away by bike - take Sweetwater Road to Kay T to Camino de Oeste, which has a trailhead at the end.
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5
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3
thephoenixson   Weekend Warrior [Apr 17, 2008]

Finally a trail worth riding in the northwest area of Tucson!!! it's still new and fairly rocky and sandy in a lot of places, but once it has been ridden more it should buff out really nicely. it reminds me of South Mountain in PHX terrain wise.
the "trail" is a bunch of short loops that branch off of and collapse back into each other. they are not signed yet either, so it makes for a real adventure if you're directionally challenged. since it's all a bunch of short loops, it makes it a little difficult to get into a rhythm as well.
it may not be a destination trail like some others in town, but for those of us that live in Marana or west Tucson, it's a lifesaver. definitely a welcomed addition to the Tucson MTB scene.
Thanks to whomever helped build this thing.

Customer Service

head down the singletrack immediately to your right when you go through the gate. then veer right and pay attention. the loops go all over and can be ridden in any direction, so remember the surroundings of where you came from cause you're going to need that information when you make it to the next loop. there is one section of trail still under construction as well, so don't ride yourself off into nowhere when it ends.

Similar Products Used: 50 Year, Star Pass, Tucson Mountain Park
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4
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2
bigbullshXtter   Weekend Warrior [Apr 14, 2008]

Trail is under construction. It is a lot of fun, and not too difficult. Only negative is that without much riding, the turns are a bit dusty/slippery! Come help us ride them in! Will be very beautiful when completed! Watch for cyclists coming in opposite direction, though, because directionality hasn't been determined (prob not enough out there yet to have too many problems!) Enjoy!!!!!

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4
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2
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