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Milagrosa Trail

Average Rating:    (4.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 19

This trail poorly marked but you can't get lost since it follows a ridge all the way down (cliffs on both sides). You deserve a sponsor if you can stay on the bike to the bottom. Beware of wild steers and dung heaps. Allow more time than you think (3-4 hours). Prepare well as this is very exposed with no easy way back after the first 3 miles. Terrific views. Park a shuttle car on Snyder. The best ride in NE Tucson!
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Latitude
32.337493210362254
Longitude
-110.69058179855346
Trail Directions
Mount Lemmon Area - Park at Molino Basin lot.Go up the Bellota trail (east) which is a 2mi steep climb to a ridge. Drop down the other side (a steep descent) past West Tank to a gate (1/2 mi past tank). Then go about 300 yards past the gate and turn right where there's a bit of a cleared area... there's really no trail to start on as you head (walk) S. along a wash about 200 yds, where you'll see the trail on the left side... really! This is the Milagrosa trail which heads all the way down to Snyder road via the ridge between Agua Caliente and Milagrosa canyons.
Trail Length
12+ miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tucson
   


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Review Date
March 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cody_canning ,  Racer

Summary:
As other wrote its really rough, loose and rocky. I would not recomend riding this unless you are an experienced rider or you don't mind walking. I did it on a 4" xc bike and cleaned everything first try in under 2 hours for the loop. One of the most technical trails i've ever road. Really fun!

Recommended Route:
As other wrote. Do the loop from the bottom of Lemmon. Another run ride is to start from the top of Green Mountain and link all the singletrack to the bottom.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Green Mountain.



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Review Date
March 20, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: danzig ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail will get your full attention or else...Went out with some friends and had no idea what I had ahead of me. Fast, fast, fast with plenty of high speed jumps and I went over my bars twice and less then a mile from the end of the trail did a face plant into some prickly pare cactus. After having my sister in-law pull the majority of them out I noticed I had two flat tires and hiked out with my bike on my shoulder.....still my favorite ride.

Recommended Route:
You can park at the camp ground/bathroom area across from the saddle and away you go.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trails are abundant in/on the Catalina Mt's...take your pick.



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Review Date
December 8, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: adamrobinson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The best loop in the Tucson area. We climb the highway and drop from the Molino saddle. As a loop, its roughly 15 miles, but I think they are some of the toughest I've ridden. Everything is highstakes: cliffs, cactus, barbwire, heat, sun... the typical Sonoran ride. But Millie adds the danger element of some really techy sections, both up and down.
Cheers to whoever cleaned up the trail and put hits along the side. The monsoons wrecked the trail in many sections, and some kind souls put it back together. peace.
We ride this trail on 5/6" travel bikes and always carry knee/shin pads. Only thing is, you gotta be sparing on the weight for the 6 mile highway uphill. Ride it fast and this trail will beat the snot out of you. It saves the best for last, the Narrows and the skinny skin skins.
Last thing, the Core Coolers from 661 are the shizzz. Tell ABE to get em in. It's $50 well spent.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cactusy, flat-tire, goat-heady, crap.



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Review Date
June 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: chollapincushion ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my first post to MTBreview. I've been lurking for a while, assimilating the knowledge of those unselfish souls who have gone before me, wasting their money on sheisty products and their time on lame trails so I don't have to. I have decided that it is time I contribute, and I have deemed the most appropriate topic to be this spectacular trail.

This trail is gnar-gnar sweetness! Did it my first couple of times on a Slingshot with rigid forks and Softride stem. Probably went over the bars 3-4 times on the first descent to the tank. Finally built a FS with 5"F/6"R. Now I'm rockin stretches of Milagrosa I never thought I'd grow the cahones to ride. Anyway, this trail has it all: fast steep descents, technical rock gardens and drops, slickrock, fast, tight single track. If you are new to the trail and the downhill and technical stuff it offers, you could spend 5 hrs getting from Molino Basin to the bottom pretty easily. I've managed to do top to bottom in about two, not really pushing the pace including a couple flats. Given that, it is feasible to ride this trail in the summer, if you start early you can be out and beat the heat. I've recently (June) been riding it 1-2X/week. Armor is recommended as per a previous reviewer.

I haven't ridden anything further up the mountain yet. If you live on the east side, you can get to Molino Basin pretty quickly and bang out a sweet downhill ride before work if you have a partner and shuttle it. Check it out.

Recommended Route:
If it is your first time be extra careful about finding the turn onto Milagrosa. Got dark on me the first time after I missed it and ended up on Reddington Road at night in December. Hitchhiked to the bottom.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
50 Year Trail northeast out of the Chutes - fun at night. Still so many trails to check out in the Catalinas.



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Review Date
February 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ballstothewall ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is awesome. I've been biking in moab the past 2 years and this trail is still my favorite. Way cool tech stuff and you can get speed if you have the balls. Just remember you can clear anything in a hardtail as long as you do it correct and also walking is for little girls ride untill you crash it makes for good stories afterwards. Keep on biking.

Recommended Route:
same

Other recommended trails in the same area:
any thing on Mt. Lemmon espicially Butterfly and Green mountain



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