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Elephant Head

Average Rating:    (3.24 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Starts up with some great woop-d-doos, followed by some great twisty single-track. Ending with a magnificent climb to the top which rewards with a screaming downhill!
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Latitude
31.789907537201483
Longitude
-110.87677001953125
Trail Directions
Go south on I-19 out of Tucson. Get off at the Green Valley exit and follow directions to Madera Canyon (maps available at the gate). Cost $2 to get in last time I was there.
Trail Length
27 miles, depending
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Tucson
   


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Review Date
November 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dave ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If as some reviewers state this is the best thing around I'd take up shuffelboard. this trail sucks. rocky, sandy crap interspersed with fire roads. Some parts are rideable for the super macho I can ride anything even if I can walk it faster with half the effort mixed with dirt roads, wow what more can't you ask for?. If this is the best they can do for a mountain bike trail they should find other things to occupy their time.

Recommended Route:
almost anywhere but here

Other recommended trails in the same area:
try the new section of the Arizona trail south off Suarita Road at Hwy 83. What a mt. bike trail should be even if it's not.



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Review Date
January 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: abegold ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Beautiful views of the Santa Ritas and desert vistas. Mesquite Twig Girdlers (insect) is pruning back the mesquites. The indian site is a beautiful spot, especally when the stream is flowing. Little shade except upper 2 miles near Madera Canyon.
Singletrack has many rocks and few level sections.

Recommended Route:
Most do NOT do this trail as listed but start at Hawk Rd and ride uphill on dirt roads to the singletrack, 3.3 miles above the parking.
This way there is lots of sand so best ridden after a good rain. At the first T go straight and at junction stay left. The trail is marked by a sign. Going past it heads into a canyon that was wet and forest.
Taking the Elephant Head singtrack east it runs about 5 miles to Madera Canyon. At 1.8 miles you'll cross a wash. To your right is a 4' waterfall when flowing. Above it is a ancient indian site with 10 metates.
This trail is rocky and little of it is flat.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Arizona Trail on eastern side of Santa Ritas, Robles Pass in Tucson, Willow Springs near Harshaw, Oak Tree Canyon, Temporal Gulch.



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Review Date
February 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: swarga ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I found this trail by accident and since I was there I decided to ride it. From the trailhead there is a gate then it starts out rocky. The Trail is overgrown so wear pants and sleves (my legs and ankles are scratched up good). There are a few technical sections, mostly wash crossings, but the sceanry is different than any I've seen in AZ. After the first 3.5 miles you come to a road that is about 3" deep with sand. I went about a mile up this then headed back as the sun was going down.
I would ride it again, but I would dress differently next time.



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Review Date
January 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: thaphillips ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I lived in Sahuarita for 2 years, and this was my closest trail. That being said, this trail sucks. It is always overgrown, the trail is very rocky and I would not suggest taking a hard tail. The "great descent" people are talking about is a DIRT ROAD, not a trail or fire road. This "great descent" just happens to go down for a long ways and you go fast so people like it. It does have good scenery, but if I was looking for scenery I would be hiking not biking.

To sum it up..... it's a lot of work for a very little reward. Also bring a truck if you want to park at the trail head, because it is rocky and a low clearance vehicle will get torn up.


The madera canyon trails are much better, but they are illegal for biking.

Recommended Route:
NONE!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Aspen Draw
Brown Mountain
The Gap
Fantasy Island
Golden Ranch ....etc



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Review Date
August 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sinofone ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST RIDING IVE DONE IN ARIZONA. THIS IS A EPIC RIDE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE, AT A LATER DATE. THE SINGLE TRACK IS COMPLETLY OVERGROWN BUT YOU CAN SEE ENOUGH TO GET BY. WEAR LONG SOCKS TO AVOID RIPPIN YOUR LEGS TO SHREADS. MABY EVEN ARM PROTECTION. AMAZING VISTAS AND ALOT OF EXPLORING TO BE HAD. THERE ARE MORE TRAILS OUT THERE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO CHECK OUT. SOME WATER CROSSING DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU GO SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR CHAIN LUBED WELL. ALOT OF THE UPPER JEEP ROAD IS WASHED OUT THIS YEAR SOME HIKE A BIKE BUT NOT TOO BAD.

Recommended Route:
PARK EITHER AT THE TURN OFF TO THE TRAIL HEAD OR HEADDOWN THE ROAD A LITTLE WAY AND THERE ARE SOME DISPERSSED CAMPGROUNDS. SO YOU FLY DOWN THE FIRST BIT OF FIRE ROAD. SUPER FUN WAY TO START A RIDE. FOLLOW MAIN ROAD DOWN. THERE WILL BE A TRAIL SIGN ON THE RIGHT WITH A SMALL GATE TO ENTER ONTO THE SINGLE TRACK. THIS TRAIL IS OVERGROWN AND CAN BE TECKY IN SPOTS. REALLY FUN. THERE ARE A FEW CREEK CROSSING ALONG THE WAY AS YOU HEAD FOR THE BASE OF ELEPHANT HEAD. THE SINGLE TRACK DUMPS YOU OUT ONTO ANOTHER FIRE ROAD TAKE A LEFT AND FOLLOW THE MAIN TWO TRACK UP BEHIND ELEPHANT HEAD. IT IS REALLY WASHED OUT IN SPOTS. AFTER A WILE OF CLIMBING PAST THE WATERFALL YOU WILL GET A GLIMPS OF ANOTHER BIKE TRAIL MARKER, MORE SINGLE TRACK. CLIMB THIS TO THE SADDLE FOR SOME EXCELLENT VIEWS AND THEN DESCEND THE OTHER SIDE. YOU WILL HIT ANOTHER FIRE ROAD AND CAN CLIMB UP TO THE RADIO TOWERS OR THIS IS A GOOD TURN AROUND. I WENT TO THE MADERA TRAIL AND DESCIDED TO HIT SOME MORE SINGL TRACK BUT YOU CANNOT GO TOO FAR. YOU WILL RUN INTO A SIGN THAT SAYS WILDERNESS BOUNDRY. THERE ARE NO BIKES BEYOND THIS POINT SO TURN AROUND AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.



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