- Miles: 12.1
- High: 817 m
- Singletrack: 95%
- Low: 752 m
- Ascent: 162 m
- Ave/Grade (2°): 3%
- Descent: -162 m
- Max Grade (5°): 9%
“A beautiful introductory ride through some of the most beautiful singletrack in Tucson.”
— Evan Olson on Jan 2, 2014
Sweetwater Trails – Tucson, Arizona Photos
What The Bike Bandit Says About Sweetwater Mountain Bike Trails
Jason, The Bike Bandit
What The Locals Say About Sweetwater Mountain Bike Trails
Mark Aspinwall · Indonesia Director at E3 Partners
TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – Sweetwater is considered one newest additions to the Tucson trail-system and it has become very popular. There is also a completed new and bigger parking area but remember tobe kind and considerate with the neighbors, since they are not keen with all the cars parked at the end of the road. This area is a decent-sized system with many trails and loops of fairly easy terrain to make your ride as enjoyable as you want. You shouldn’t have to worry about being lost because there are houses around.
Generally, it is ideal to begin with the Saguaro Vista Trail, Sun Circle Loop, and Black Rock Loop and then taking the Lost Arrow Trail to head off to the other trails. You can combine the Sun Circle Loop and the Black Rock Loop for an excellent beginner’s ride, particularly when riding the two loops clockwise.
Black Rock Loop has a small sustained climb when riding in the clockwise direction with an excellent subtle downhill section to gain some speed as a reward. The Lost Arrow Trail is all sustained climbing with a couple of small wash crossings. Starting from the end of the Lost Arrow Trail, you have the option to take the Spine to the left or head straight on the Homestead Trail. This offers access to the Red Canyon Trail with a number of wash crossings. The Red Canyon Trail comes with small rocky section that is excellent for riders in the intermediate level although not recommended for beginners. The Oxbow trail is really just a flat connector trail that leads riders from the Red Tail Ridge Trail (with 2 more wash crossings at the end) to the Spine and the Wildflower Ridge Trail. You can find the Wildflower Ridge Trail (mostly downhill) that has several nice little switchbacks (one of them in a slightly rocky section).
Directions to Sweetwater Moutain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona
Directions: Pick Ruthrauff Rd. west of I-10 where it then turns to El Camino del Cerro. Approx 1 mile west of I-10 you will cross Silverbell Rd. Stick to the west for about another 1.8 miles until you come to Tortolita Rd., and turn left (south). Travel another mile until the road dead ends, and you’re at the trailhead.