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50 Year Trail

Average Rating:    (4.32 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

This trail has everything...Long-lung burning climbs, short rocky climbs, stellar singletrack descents as well as a couple technical drops. The crown jewel being a section that rivals your favorite roller coaster..."the chutes". All this fun is nestled right behind the Catalina mountains, affording great views and photo opprotunities. All in all a fantastic mix speed, skill and scenery.
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Latitude
32.221667
Longitude
-110.925833
Trail Directions
From Tucson: Take Oracle road (SR77) north, through Oro Valley, approximately 25 miles. Turn Right at Golder Ranch road, follow Golder Ranch road until it ends at a dirt parking lot. Cross the cattle guard toward the left and you are off!!!
Trail Length
varies
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tucson / Catalina
   


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Review Date
September 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: rustywin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Really the trail that first got me excited about serious mountain biking. The shoots are an Oro Valley must do. Great trail, lots of fun, you will want to do it over and over again. Some intermediate sections that twist in and out of the beautiful desert landscape. Bottom line, terrific trail.

Recommended Route:
I always start at the top of Golder Ranch road.



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Review Date
January 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TNC3 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I totally agree with Rockerc! The Upper 50 is Sick! Must-do if you like tech steep rock rolls and 3-5ft drops. The Upper 50 is Freeride Goodness! I've only ridden it once, but I intend to make a visit again soon. I had the best local guide for my one ride there (Lewis)! That guy is Crazy! I rode my Ibis HD 6inch travel trail bike. You'd want at least that much travel. However, a full-on DH bike is probably too much. There is some steep climbing and hike-a-bike to get up to the Upper 50. But, well worth the effort!



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Review Date
January 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: rockerc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not been any reviews of this for a while. I would like to add to all of the rest of the reviews by saying that off the main trail there are a myriad other trails of varying difficulty. Best to chat to locals for directions, but worth checking out. Oro Valley Bicycles near the Catalina State Park entrance off Oracle Rd. havs a good map with various options on it. The Upper 50 is where to head for more challenging areas, with a number of off trail lines to play around on. You can ride all day out here and not see the same bit of trail twice unless you turn around. As mentioned, plenty of wildlife, not all of it friendly, but just stay away from obvious nasties, they just want to get on with their lives like you do. Be sure to take pliers, tweezers or a comb to remove the inevitable cactus spines, or better still, do your best to avoid them.

Recommended Route:
Park at Golder Ranch Rd. TH. Do not leave anything on view in your vehicle, there have been a couple of break-ins lately. Head N on the marked 50 year trail to the Chutes. No signs for them, but you will see them when you get there. Upper 50 is accessed above the Chutes, just follow the fence line to the right as you look N.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For more challenging trails, head west to the Tortolitas across the valley.



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Review Date
June 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Whafe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Started this ride in the Honeywell carpark, then biked up the road into the park and to the trail head near the horsey area. The trail starts with a 3 mile or so gentle climb, to a beginner ish rider it would be challenging, not the steepness, but more the rocks etc to ride over around. Until the trail reached the gate, which then leaves the park so to speak, I found quite boring and not a challenge to be honest. The trail got a bit more exciting once through the gate, slowly picked up pace. The chutes area was a lot of fun. There are loads of cactus, and some of these are monsters. The terrain is rocky, sandy, hard pack, everything really..... It was very warm in June, but no humidity, so not to bad, but drink loads of water. Dont bail into the Cactus, painful.......

So overall, where the trail is good, its real good, where its easy, its boring ish..... Some really good flowy areas when the pace is lifted..

Scenery is quite cool..



Comments
lovemtbnaz (12/10/2009)
I rode it from catalina state park all the way to the chutes on my motobecane 300 ht in the cold with the cheap shocks all frozen up stiff. i still sound like i'm talking into a fan but otherwise this is one of my favorite trails. don't be scared of the bulls just pedal faster and don't freak ouy when you see the horse carcass..it's a time marker for me.
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Review Date
November 22, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: fletchfighters ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
a little bit of everything. Some technical, some sand, some really cool spots, not the biggest climbs, untill you get to the chutes, and lots of cactus!!! To me the southern half of the trail. Golder Ranch Road to Catalina State Park is the better more technical half. Better climbs and a lot more rock gardens. During Monsoon season this trail rocks as all the sand gets packed down and the trail becomes super fast and a total blast to ride. Just be kind to the cattle. I have seen a Mountain Lion just before the Deer Camp Loop part.

Recommended Route:
all other reviews are correct.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tucson Mtn Park



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