Mountain Biking Arizona: Tucson's Willow Springs to Old Pueblo Mountain Bike Trails

  • Miles: 17.0
  • High: 1,253 m
  • Singletrack: 85%
  • Low: 1,092 m
  • Ascent: 279 m
  • Ave/Grade (4°): 2%
  • Descent: -279 m
  • Max Grade (13°): 9%

“A fun loop that is home to the famous 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race.

— Adopt These Trails! on Feb 8, 2015

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What The Bike Bandit Says About Willow Springs to Old Pueblo Mountain Bike Trails

“This trail – outside fo the Old Pueblo race – does not get a lot of use. I would use Gasline bypass that makes for a much more enjoyable single track ride. This mountain bike ride is kind of in the boonies.”

Jason, The Bike Bandit Jason, The Bike Bandit

What The Locals Say About Willow Springs to Old Pueblo Mountain Bike Trails

“A fun loop that is home to the famous 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race.”

Hillary Mathis, Tucson Arizona

TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – You can find this trail north of Oracle off of Willow Springs Road. Additionally, there is an additional single track in the course for Epic Ride’s Kona Bike’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo has added some single track. Riders from all levels can take on this course. These include beginners who have achieved the basic skills of speed and direction control similar to an elite level racer. The trail goes through jeep roads and singletrack over rolling terrain. Racers should also expect long and gradual climbs that eventually lead to long and gradual descents on the singlee-track. Also expect short, steep climbs that go before short steep descents on the rolling gasline jeep road (aka “The Bitches”). You can also skip the Bitches and use freely the new, fun “Skip The Bitches” trail, which breaks off to the right just after you cross the cattle guard and road. For more experience riders, there’s the “Slickrock Woohoo” to check out which is a short descent on a big rock face that you can find at the race lap’s end.  Spectators love this spot!

This can be a cool weather outing or an early morning ride. There is no available water so you should bring yours.  There will be a few fences and corral that you have to go through and possibly stop from time to time. Make sure to close the gates right after you as the area is an open-rage and there is a cattle. See to it that you have a State Land Permit. Otherwise you would be forced to pay a fine if authorities caught you without one. While enforcement is not usually common at that time of the year, it becomes more rampat when the days reach near the race of February. You can also checl several new trails like the

Bones and Painter Boy, which break off of Highpoint trail when you pass under the powerlines. While they are not really part of the course for the race, they can still be fun to try out and if you want to put in more miles to your ride.

Directions to Willow Springs to Old Pueblo
Moutain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona

Directions: Go north on Oracle past Oracle Junction to Willow Springs Road around 1.2 mile before the turn to Biosphere II. The only way you can go is on the left on Willow Springs for about 6.5 miles before reaching an arch which crosses the road announcing Willow Springs Ranch. After the arch, the main road curves right with a less-used road breaking of straight/left. Once you go through this less-used road, you’ll reach a large parking area. Park here, and the singletrack starts on the right side of the parking area.  Looking at the map, you are in the lower right corner and would ride clockwise up JuneBug Trail.

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