The Tortolita Mountains are considered the best trails in the area with terrain ranging from low elevation change and wide, to extremely steep and technical. Depending on your riding goals, you can find yourself on a trail 1 mile long or 30! Here are a couple of the most recommended rides:
12.4 miles, Intermediate/Difficult
A Tortolita favorite, the Ridgeline Loop represents what is great about mountain biking: an exhilarating ride leading to stunning views. There are multiple peaks and valleys on this ride, totaling for a change of 3,000’ up and down. The easiest way to access the trailhead is along Edwin Road, which is a dirt road coming from Catalina. You can also access this trail by riding in on the Honeybee Canyon Loop. This option turns your ride into a 32-mile loop.
Tortolita Preserve Loop
9.7 miles, Easy/Intermediate
If you are in for a more scenic ride that still has challenging moments, this loop is great for you. With gradual inclines and declines, you will ride a total elevation change of just over a 1,000’. The Tortolita Preserve Loop is easily accessible by car, with a short walk/ride from the end of a paved road where you can park. You will surely get your fill of Saguaros and Palo Verde here!
You can check out all the trails on the Mountain Bike Project website or app.