Located in the picturesque city of Oro Valley, Arizona, lies a hidden biking gem: the Honeybee Canyon/Rail X Ranch Trail. Situated amidst the rugged Tortolita Mountains, this trail offers both beginners and intermediate riders a thrilling experience, with 8 miles of rolling singletrack that crisscrosses through the beautiful desert landscape and rocky foothills.
Starting from the Honeybee Canyon Trail, cyclists will encounter a split to the north, just about 0.7 miles after crossing the powerline road. Riding almost two miles north leads to a dirt pathway named Edwin Road. Choose to either ride Edwin Road approximately 2.5 miles to the iconic windmill or opt for a turnoff roughly 1.5 miles in.From this turn, a singletrack trail beckons, crossing over Edwin Road. The trail offers two intriguing choices:
After the windmill, a pivotal decision awaits:
The journey isn’t over yet. Post two miles, the trail converges with a doubletrack. Veering left will guide riders back to the Honeybee Canyon loop. A right turn, however, promises an out-and-back adventure to another windmill.
Accessing the loop is straightforward. Begin either from the Honeybee Canyon Trail or from Edwin Road. On the Honeybee Trail, the start point is roughly 0.7 miles from the trail's powerline road intersection. If using Edwin Road, drive approximately 5 miles west from Oracle Road until reaching the windmill.
Cyclist's Insight: This trail is an ideal opportunity for those seeking a moderate challenge. Ridden counter-clockwise, it leaves many yearning for more, with its gentle climbs, rock features, sandy washes, and the characteristic prickly flora of Arizona.Latest Ride Update: A recent ride, starting from the Quiet Rain trailhead, covered around 15 miles. Riding this trail feels superior in comparison to other popular ones like Fantasy Island or 50-Year. The lack of crowds and the perfect terrain make it a top choice for many.
Access Issues: Currently, the trailhead off Rancho Vistoso Blvd is closed. Avoid using the powerline/WAPA road for access until the ongoing issues are resolved. A few alternative access points exist. One can drive or ride up Edwin Road from Saddlebrook on Oracle Road, parking at the old juvenile justice facility or the shopping center at Golder Ranch Road. Do respect local access rules, especially around the Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church.Recommendation: Before