- Miles: 7.1
- High: 1,228 m
- Type: Singletrack
- Low: 856 m
- Ascent: 65 m
- Ave/Grade (4°): 7%
- Descent: -421 m
- Max Grade (13°): 23%
“It starts ugly, but rewards riders with a phenomenal finish.”
— Ryan Courreges on May 14, 2013
La Milagrosa Trails – Tucson, Arizona Photos
What The Bike Bandit Says About La Milagrosa Moutain Bike Trails
Jason, The Bike Bandit
TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – This is an excellent but also dangerous, technical and beautiful ride in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The trail has steep climbs, sharp descents, 1-3 foot drops, plenty of rocks including all single track. Technical riders will find this trail a dream while for others a place where people can exercise but also need extreme caution. This is a great 3-4 hour ride for the “adverturesome” not to mention the splendid views and some of the most challenging parts. Strap on your armor and enjoy.
Many riders prefer to go on a shuttle for this ride by leaving a car near the bottom and driving up to Molino Basin. We can recommend you go on a shuttle, because after coming down La Milagrosa, it is not ideal to climb back up! There are people who park at the bottom of La Milagrosa then ride the 7-miles up Catalina Highway to Molino Basin. This is not recommended on a 40lb full-squishy, DH rig, though. If you want to have a longer and better epic experience, many shuttle up to Aspen Draw, Green Mountain, Bug Springs and Molino Basin trails first, and then tie in to the Molino AZTrail to Milagrosa. This combined, all-day suffer-fest is lovingly called “The Lemon Drop.” Be warned, the Lemmon Drop is a serious, epic ride. If you’re not ready for it, you will suffer, period.
Assuming that you preferred to start from Molino Basin, remember that the climb up the AZ Trail to the saddle is very steep and only compatible to the best riders. On the other side of the pass, without exercising caution, the descent to West Spring in Bellota could end with an endo in many spots. Many people got injured during this descent, and you haven’t even gotten to La Milagrosa yet! At the bottom, you’ll be at a large water tank. When you reach the tank go left up the hill and then down (fun!) to a gate. Around 1/4-mile after the gate, you will see a “Y” with AZ Trail/jeep road heading left and singletrack heading right. Go to the right fork and you’re on La Milagrosa! Have fun. You’ll definitely remember this for days.
Directions to La Milagrosa Mountain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona
Directions to Shuttle from Molino: Take East Tanque Verde road northeast then furn left on Catalina Highway. This is a 6 or so miles drive, and pass a fee-station. There is a $5/day fee unless you have a pass. Some folks park at the pullout just below the fee station, and ride the last mile or so to Molino Basin.