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Molino Trail

Basics
Location:
Tuscon
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
5-8 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate to Intense
Time To Allow:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4200 feet
Season:
Year-round

Description

The Molino Trail is just tough enough to keep anyone's feet firmly on the pedals, but not so intimidating that it can't be a quick ride after work. There's a place to turn around and down at about two miles up for those who do prefer that quick ride. The turn-around part is just below Santa Catalina's old prison camp, so you can park the bike and explore the site (now a campground) if you like.

Whether you cut your ride short or not, though, expect to be exhausted at the mid-point. The stretch to the old prison camp is the worst, nothing short of grueling, but the rest of the trail (up to Pusche Wilderness Trailhead) is an old jeep road and rather gentle. The downhill is glorious, at that.

Details

Location:
Tuscon
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
5-8 miles
Out and back trail - 2-4 miles out, 2-4 miles back.
Difficulty:
Intermediate
More aerobically challenging than hugely technical
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate to Intense
Breathless ride up for the first two miles, gentler after, nice downhill.
Time To Allow:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4200
Season:
Year-round
Additional Details:

Mountain bikers can''t proceed past the Pusch Ridge Wilderness boundary at the 4th mile.

Watch for the rubber tire sections across the trail. They''re here to keep the trail for erosion, but you won''t want to hit them at high speeds on the downhill.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
    From Tuscon
  • Take Mount Lemmon Highway until you reach Molino Basin.

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