9.6 miles
248 ft
-4,110 ft
1.6 miles
High Point

Canada del Oro Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    March-May & Oct-Dec
  • Global Ranking

CDO is a very backwoods get lost kinda trail. It is also one of the most unique trails in all of Tucson and Arizona really. It starts at 9000ft elevation and descends all the way down into the desert lands at the base of Mt Lemmon. All while following the Canada del Oro creek. Its one of the few rides in Southern Arizona that has potential water year round flowing along side it. Tucson's hidden GEM!

The GPX file only takes you to the Charlou Gap rd. From there you have a few different options to get back to town or wherever you left your car. This is done mainly us a shuttle ride leaving cars at the 50yr trail parking lot. GPS is HIGHLY recommended.

Not recommended in the middle of summer due to extreme temps at the bottom and in the winter potential for snow at the top. Plus the Forest Service closes the gate to the road that takes you the last two miles to the very top of the mountain and the starting point for CDO.

Access Info

Accessed from the very top of Mt Lemmon. Keep driving all the way until you cant go any higher on Mt Lemmon. Its up at the top of Ski Valley rd. Always done as a shuttle from 50yr trailhead. Very long day just to shuttle but very very worth it.

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More Stats for Canada del Oro mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,863 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,438 ft
  • Altitude start
    1.6 miles
  • Altitude end
    4,493 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,251 ft
  • Distance down
    8.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,665 ft
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Canada del Oro Trail Reports

Jun 12, 2015 @ 11:00am
Jun 12, 2015
TORCA spent the spring removing 41 trees off of the CDO trail it is looking very nice. About 90% clear now.
Mar 21, 2015 @ 9:27am
Mar 21, 2015
Rolled CDO on March 8, 2015 and there was a significant number of downed trees. Since then, we've had a huge wind event and there will be even...
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