- 13 miles
- Aerobic Difficulty:
- Time To Allow:
- 3 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 4300 feet
- All Year
The Molino Basin Trail is a burner! Perfect for riders looking for both a high octane aerobic workout and a technical descent. The trail begins as a steep technical climb, no warm-up here! After two miles the ridge is gained and riders can soak in the gorgeous views of the Rincon Mountains. Below lies a quick twisting, technical downhill, complete with the requisite sharp rocks and cactus.
After the hard climb and descent are past, riders will rejoice on the four mile fast and rolling singletrack that ends at Bellota Ranch. This can be used as an access point for a one way ride by taking a right on the Bellota Ranch Road and riding one mile to the Reddington Road where a shuttle can be left. Or for those looking for the burner workout, double back on the singletrack and resummit the ridge and wind back to the trailhead.
Can be shuttled by leaving a car on Reddington Road
Time To Allow:
Molino Basin trail is fairly remote and riders should consider bringing extra food, water and clothing as temperatures may shift dramatically. The trail has some technical bits and it is suggested that riders travel with a repair and first aid kit. Molino Basin is multi-use and hikers may be encountered. Please be considerate on the trails and understand right of way protocol.
Map + Directions
From downtown Tucson take Speedway Boulevard eastbound until the Wilmot Road intersection. Turn left here onto Wilmot Road. Shortly after Wilmot becomes East Tanque Verde Road. Take a left onto Catalina Highway in Tanque Verde. Catalina Highway becomes East Mt. Lemmon Highway. Look for Milepost 6.7 on right hand of roadway. Park at the Molino Basin Camping area and head eastbound onto Molino Trail.