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I propose we make a series of this. Next up: Tucson!

It's been forever since I've really studied the Tucson trails, so I'm a little rusty on where the new/good stuff is. Also those fires in 04-05 erased some of my favorites. But here's my first go at all the trails down there I can think of off the top of my head, arranged roughly into difficulties. (Green/Blue/Blue+/Black/Double-Black seems to be a good system but I'll leave that to wiser people to work out.)

Rillito River Pathway
Fantasy Island
24H Course
Starr Pass
50 Year: Chutes to Catalina State Park
Molino Basin
50 Year: Upper + offshoots (Round the Mountain, Deer Camp, etc.)
Oracle Ridge
Red Ridge
Samaniego Ridge
Milagrosa
Green Mountain
Bug Springs

Shoot, I really am rusty. :rolleyes: Okay, Tucsonians -- school us!

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Some of those are an awful long way away from Tucson. I thought about Kentucky Camp as well -- maybe that's the distance/quality equivalent of Black Canyon Trail for metro Phoenix? I could see an argument in favor of including it.

Aspen Draw and Reddington: Forgot about those. Also Italian Trap and that whole area northish of the Rincons.

I know very little about the new AZT stuff down there. Come on guys, start filling in the blanks!

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Paul B said:
Oracle Ridge
Red Ridge
Samaniego Ridge
Pretty sure these have been relegated to the history books as "trails" per se after the fires. Good for those that are interested in hike a bike and overland trekking. Mountain biking? Not so much.
 

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OK, here's my take. What is the standard for difficulty? Technical, or length? I'll go with a technical progression.

Rillito River Pathway
24 Hour Course
Fantasy Island
Kentucky Camp
50 Year: Chutes to Catalina State Park
Arizona Trail - Three Bridges to the end, heading south.
Sweetwater
Arizona Trail - Pistol Hill Road to Three Bridges
Starr Pass area
Reddington area trails
Molino Basin/Prison camp/Gordon Kayabashi
50 Year: Upper + offshoots (Round the Mountain, Deer Camp, etc.)
Bug Springs
Brown Mountain
Green Mountain
La Milagrosa

There could more....I'll think about it.
 

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This would be my opinion.

Green:
Rillito River Pathway
24 Hour Course
Fantasy Island
Sweetwater

Blue:
Kentucky Camp
50 Year: Chutes to Catalina State Park
Arizona Trail - Three Bridges to the end, heading south.
Arizona Trail - Pistol Hill Road to Three Bridges
Starr Pass area
Reddington area trails
Molino Basin/Prison camp/Gordon Kayabashi
Bugs Springs
Aspen Draw

Black:
Brown Mountain
Green Mountain
La Milagrosa
50yr Upper
 

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Really, I think Bug is super easy now that the upper section is out of the wash.
I was thinking it might be one of the easier trails around here. Technically anyway, the hikes are really tough on the cardio.
 

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Shoot, I've seen faces broken open on Prison camp. Ask Dane from Fairwheel.
I've torn a sidewall on Bugs, and I think danger lurks, but you can really haul ass on it too. I ride a 6" travel rig and I've run out of gears (2x9) on the lower sections. That rarely happens around here.
 

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Scott's 2 cents at the present moment. (Built off sikwoodbiker's list)

Green:
Rillito River Pathway
24 Hour Course
Fantasy Island
Sweetwater

Blue:
Rincon Valley AZT -- all of Cienega Corridor stuff
50 Year: Chutes to Catalina State Park
Kentucky Camp
Redington area trails
Starr Pass standard loop, acupuncture and west desert trails ("sweet")
Robles Pass
Prison camp/Gordon Hirabayashi
Bug Springs
Elephant Head
Charouleau Gap and Cherry Tank area trails
Aspen Draw

Black:
Molino Trail and Milagrosa
Brown Mountain, Golden Gate, Krein, other TMP goodies
Hidden Canyon
Red Ridge, CDO, Samaneigo and other north side 'trails'
Agua Caliente
Green Mountain
50yr Sundog style
 

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Paul B said:
Cool, thanks Scott.

So is the Tucsonpack satisfied with this breakdown? CJ? Louis? Chad? Elaine? I know I'm forgetting some of my North Mexico peeps.

I'm linking this thread to the VISITORS sticky.

p.
I think that those generalizations are in the ball park. There is so much variation on most of the trails in AZ that most greens can be ridden blues, blues as greens, blues as blacks and blacks as blues.

I think it pretty much depends on the riders intent and resevoir of experience, skill, and stamina. The obvious exceptions being due to remoteness and weather, or just nutty unrideable places.
 

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Tucsonan thinks..

Paul B said:
Cool, thanks Scott.

So is the Tucsonpack satisfied with this breakdown? CJ? Louis? Chad? Elaine? I know I'm forgetting some of my North Mexico peeps.

I'm linking this thread to the VISITORS sticky.

p.
I'm not all over town, so I can't offer a lot on some of the trails listed, but it seems accurate for those trails with which I'm familiar.

That's all the trail out there, so stay on the path, eyes on the trail and just keep looking forward!:D
 
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