Guidebook

The 4 Best Ways to Ride Golder Ranch

Golder Ranch is largely unsigned and is difficult to navigate, but with this guidebook at your disposal, you're ready for adventure!

Greg Heil

Description

Golder Ranch reigns as one of the locals' favorite trail systems in the greater Tucson area. This incredible network of singletrack offers a myriad of interconnecting ride options. While the largely unsigned trail system can be quite confusing to navigate first-time riders, with this guidebook, you'll arrive armed with four of the best ways to ride this trail system.

The Chutes may be the most famous trails at Golder Ranch, in part because they're lower down the mountain and much easier to access, and in part because they're non-technical and easy to ride. While easy, the Chutes are still hella fun! These trails are essentially banked singletrack bobsled runs that swoop down along rolling ridgelines until and through washes, before launching up the side of the next small valley.

The rest of Golder's trails are technical test pieces featuring aesthetic slickrock slab rides with the stunning backdrop of the Catalina Mountains. Cowboy Slickrock is arguably the marquee trail in the system, with massive slabs set on the side of a small mountain. Below Cowboy Slickrock, though, the slabs get even steeper and more technical on the Upper 50-Year Trail. The trails provide A and B (and sometimes C) lines to allow you to tailor the technical difficulty of the ride appropriately.

Despite the navigational confusion found at Golder Ranch, the quality of the riding is superb! This renowned singletrack attracts locals every weekend and visitors from across the country. If you know how to link the trails up properly, Golder can easily rank as one of the best slickrock slab mountain bike rides in the USA!

Best of Golder Ranch
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Best of Golder Ranch

21.3 km
461 m
461 m
This route links up the most entertaining segments in the Golder Ranch trail system for advanced or adventurous intermediate riders.
Severe
Private
The Chutes
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Chutes

10.8 km
121 m
121 m
Banked singletrack bobsled runs that swoop down along rolling ridgelines!
Moderate
Private
Golder High Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Golder High Loop

21.0 km
452 m
452 m
A challenging ride accessing the upper reaches of the Golder Ranch Trail System.
Severe
Private
Golder Low Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Golder Low Loop

13.4 km
254 m
254 m
This recommended ride provides a handful of the most challenging slab rides at Golder Ranch in an accessible package.
Severe
Private