Arizona Trail Pistol Hill Rd to Three Bridges - Trail, Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Trail Pistol Hill Rd to Three Bridges - Trail, Tucson, Arizona

DESCRIPTION

This is a segment of the Arizona trail. This acces pint is the closest to tucson, about 20 miles from the center of town. All I can say about this trail is it is sweet buffed singletrack, which is quite rare close to tucson. About three miles south of the trailhead there is a moderate climb. This trail is fairly new, and you can tell it was designed with bikes in mind. There are dozens of places where the trail is reinforced with rock berms and even plastic culverts to minimize erosion from water. Overall you can maintain a fast pace due to the relative smoothness of the trail. THe scenery is very nice, with great views of the mountains in colossal cave park, desert wildlife, and some sweet rock formations. Another thing I noticed is the soil color changed at last three or four times as you move through the desert, from blonde sand to orange dirt, and even some brown. az trail-pistol hill to three bridges

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 30, 2012]
D!
Weekend Warrior

Beginner? Maybe on horseback! Rode from the Pistol Hill Road parking area to Three Bridges and back. Impressively beautiful ride, but quite exhausting. Totally worth it though! First couple miles from the parking area are smooth, fast and fun. Terrain changes are fascinating. View from the top of "the climb" is spectacular. Some good chunky technical stuff up and down, non-hardcore riders such as myself will be doing some hike-a-bike.

I will ride this again, once I have forgotten/blocked out the pain!

Customer Service

Start in Pistol Hill Road parking area (left turn off of Old Spanish Trail) across the cattle guard by the sign. Bike back over the Cattle Guard and head left. Five or so miles in (at the top of the big climb) rest a moment, and keep going another three-ish miles to Three Bridges (over Cienega Creek). It is totally worth it. Backtrack to the parking area and feel very accomplished. Bring ample water and snacks.

Similar Products Used:

Fantasy Island, Tucson Mountain Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 29, 2012]
vinnyl26
Cross Country Rider

Great flow, with a few technical spots. I am not much for out and back rides, but this one is great. The whole thing is single track

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 21, 2011]
vicky b
Cross Country Rider

beginning trail maybe the first mile from their up and down rolling hills nice climb outs.. especially the "one" to get to other side just past the restrooms heading south of course...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 24, 2009]
ebnelson
Racer

Fun out and back trail. It's up, down, twisty, and flowing. At first the trail is very buff and fast with sweeping turns around cactus. A little further down the trail the surface is more rocky and a bit more up and down. The three bridges area is kind of odd with railroads crossing at 90 degrees and an auto bridge too. Overall it's like two completely different trails stuck end to end. I'd rate it an intermediate skill level trail. Do not take a girlfriend here for her first taste of mountain biking. I'm glad I rode this trail first before I made that mistake!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 03, 2009]
classicblur04
Cross Country Rider

Beginner? Only if you want to scare off potential riding buddies. Only beginner in terms of technicality...but even so there are some spots to keep an intermediate rider happy. But this trail is NOT a beginner trail in terms of distance and endurance, especially in hot weather. It is long and has a few grueling climbs. Definitely a trail worth getting to know. :D

Similar Products Used:

Fantasy Island, 50 Year, Sweetwater Preserve.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 13, 2009]
jane
Cross Country Rider

A nice fellow I met at Starr Gap on last spring's Tucson trip was kind enough to turn me on to this new piece of trail. I did enjoy it although generally not too crazy about out and backs. Just good solid xc riding, well built. But silly me, I still go to Tucson for Fantasy Island and The Chutes and this bit did not make my cut for four days of riding last fall.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 08, 2009]
ggnarl
Cross Country Rider

Access the trail head by taking Old spanish trail to pistol hill rd, about 15 miles from town Hen head left on pistol hill rd (dirt) for 1.5 miles. Cross the cattleguard and park. the trailhead is 20 yards south of the cattleguard on the left. It is marked about ten yards in with a brown az trail post. The trail is well marked with these posts and you cant get lost.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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