Ironwood Loop

Mellow singletrack with beautiful cacti and views of the Tucson Mountains.

Mountain Biking Easy

Distance
11 km
Ascent
64 m
Descent
64 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
741 m
High Point
802 m
Gradient
Ironwood Loop Map

As you get further and further from downtown Tucson, the trail crowds continue to thin out. This loop on the opposite side of the Tucson Mountains from downtown, anchored by the Ironwood Trail, sees some trail traffic, but not nearly as much as trails closer to town.

Description

This logical loop route runs through a complex trail system with a ton of splitting and crossing trails. Be sure to follow the route mapped here and keep an eye out for signs that read "Ironwood Loop." But if you get off track, it's not really the end of the world—have some fun exploring!

The singletrack is delightfully flowy and mellow, providing a fantastic introduction to singletrack riding for the neophyte mountain biker. Unlike many beginner trails that are wide and more closely resemble a greenway path than a singletrack, the Ironwood Loop is deliciously narrow and sinuous. The slender track snakes through sharp-tined cacti of all varieties, dipping into small washes, and twisting between scrubby trees.

If you look up from the trail, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the Tucson Mountains to the east and the wide expanse of the desert further to the west. These trails are located just outside of Saguaro National Park, and you can see that the park's name is well-earned: a seemingly endless sea of cacti spreads out in all directions.

This little-ridden singletrack trail is a true gem for beginner riders in the Tucson area.

Difficulty

Easy

Mostly smooth and non-technical singletrack with unavoidable obstacles 2in/5cm tall or less. Avoidable obstacles may be present. Ideal for beginner riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack

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