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24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race course

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Undoubtably the best taste of Southern Arizona mountain biking in existance. Minimal Jeep trails, tons of single track and plenty of cacti, so don't forget your tweezers! Well marked with red or yellow tape. For questions and answers e-mail info@epicrides.com.
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Latitude
32.646168604059156
Longitude
-110.87934494018555
Trail Directions
North on Oracle 15 miles past Ina & Oracle intersection.Left at Willow Springs Ranch rd. 8 miles down dirt road. Go through gates/over cattle gaurd left at the Y. EZ-access drop in 100 yards past Y intersection. Course runs counter clock wise. For a map and even better directions go to www.epicrides.com!
Trail Length
17 miles of the best desert trails to offer
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Tucson
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Review Date
December 15, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: KirkAstroth ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great desert ride if you can get there when it is not windy. Higher than Tucson so sometimes it is cooler than town. Come prepared with a wind breaker in the winter months. We did the whole loop in about 3 hours. Go counter-clockwise for sure--you will have the benefit of some downhill that way. And be sure to take the cut-off near the camp area to avoid the 7 b***es--they are no fun. For times, you will sense that you are headed in the wrong direction or toward Catalina, but keep the faith and the trail will take you back to the start near the Willow Springs arch. Nothing really technical on this ride--a smooth, cruising trail that stays on a steady gradient. Be sure to catch the two doggie graves on the pass.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise. There is only one trail--follow it. Some signs, some not.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nirvana, 50-Year



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Review Date
November 26, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: erict. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A great place to ride once you figure out the trails. ckeck out epicrides.com for a genaral map. ride it every which way you can there is no designated direction unless you happen to be doing the 24 hour race held in february, then and only then is it one way. be fore- warned that in the couple of months leading up to tucsons "premier" off road event there are way too many A**holes riding who seem to think that their ride is more important than every one elses. F***um. the rest of the year no one seems to care about this place, shame... goody for those of us who ride simply for the joy of it.



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Review Date
May 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: abegold ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There are now 2 trails running off the northern edge fo this trail and a third is being built. The 'Black and Tan' trail starts at the northeast corner of the 24 Hr. Trail. It runs up and around Black Mountain and is quite technical, marked with cairns.
The Suffering Gulch Trail starts about 150 yards before the Black and Tan and is marked with cairns with a piece of white quartz on the top of each cairn. It's maybe a 8 mile trail. Not as technical as the other trail it's smooth and flowing thru arroyos and climbs up several small hills for mumerous great views of the area. The trail name does NOT indicate the ride as it's very flowing with little difficult climbing. It's one of the very best in Southern Arizona and unknown to almost everyone. Few locals know of these hidden gems.

Recommended Route:
Take the 24 Hour Race Course to it's northeastern corner 3-4 miles from the arch and less that 2 miles from the race course campground. The Black and Tan starts here. About 150 yards before the corner to the south the Suffering Gulch Trail begins. Ratings are for Suffering Gulch. Black and Tan is harder. The end of Suffering Gulch Trail takes you back to the Race Course near the trail's beginning

Other recommended trails in the same area:
50 Year Trail, AZ Trail around Oracle, Cody Trail, Bobby's Trails, Dove Mountain



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Review Date
February 8, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: G-Cracker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've been riding this twice per month in preparation for the big 24-race coming up in 10 days! Some of the fastest stuff around. One or two small rocky areas and a fun, slickrock descent but other than that... this is mostly fast, winding singletrack surrounded by cactus with some dirt road thrown in.

Recommended Route:
It's one-way. Start at the trailhead in the parking area just beyond and to the left of the Willow Springs Ranch arch. It is in the middle of NOWHERE so come prepared.



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Review Date
January 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dodi ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just rode this yesterday as a pre ride b4 the race on Valentines day. It rocks! The cactus is even bigger than I remembered from last year. Course is dry and a little sandy in some spots. Nothing technical at all. New singletrack made the climb at the end more fun.Forests of cactus with singletrack thru it. Gentle climbs and 7 hills to climb near the start. Lots of fun.

Recommended Route:
Race goes counterclockwise.Checkout the maps at epicrides.com



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