38.3 miles
3,084 ft
-4,712 ft
1 mile
High Point

The annual Arizona Trail charity event ride, also known as the AZT Jamboree. Typically held the 2nd Sat. in January this is a shuttled route ridden in the northbound direction along some of the best sections of Arizona Trail. While the track trends in the downhill direction, don't be fooled, there's roughly 4000' feet of elevation gain over the 40 miles. The first 15 miles are the toughest with some short sections of hike-a-bike for the average rider. What follows is true mountain biking bliss, 20 miles of cruising singletrack through the Sonoran desert.

Detailed Description
AZT Jamboree is a 38 mile popular intermediate route located near Rincon Valley Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 3,084 ft with a max elevation of 5,398 ft then descends -4,712 ft.
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12 Reviews & Comments

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matux (Feb 11, 2022 at 14:47)
Miles 5–7 are fun large tech with huge rock-rolls/drops. Miles 7-north-end were buttery smooth and fast. Ultra beginner minus cactus risk. (I only rode last half from campground)
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Griffen1W3A2F (Oct 23, 2021 at 12:56)
The segment of this trail south of 83rd and Sahuarita Rd is very overgrown with Cat claw. Would recommend knee pads, long socks, and long sleeves. Also, the dry lake crossing just south of Lakes Road is not a dry lake right now. You will have to hike-a-bike to get around the lake.
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lmiddleman (Mar 21, 2021 at 12:06)
Tough trail even for advanced intermediate. Steep loose down and ups, too many to make this really enjoyable
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dogbutt65 (Jan 18, 2021 at 18:03)
I completed only the first 8.5 miles of the trail as a self-supported loop as follows: parked at S Charolais Rd (Old Sonoita Hwy) where trail crosses the road at mile 8.5 of ride. Pedaled south up the paved S Charolais Rd for 4-5 miles until it hits Hwy 83. Continuing S for 0.8 miles for the most dangerous part of the ride - cars and a narrow shoulder for ~ 1/2 the distance. Total road time ~ 1/2 hr. The actual trail ride is really fun - pretty smooth and well-maintained for almost entire ride. It includes some very sweet downhill sections and none of the climbs will break an intermediate rider. Nice panorama views from the ridge tops. This is a MUCH easier ride than Las Colinas section of AZT which is just to the south. A really nice ride would be to combine both of these for an all-day funfest. Thanks AZ trail folks for this nice ride.
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dogbutt65 (Jan 13, 2021 at 17:54)
Rode Las Colinas section of AZT as S to N shuttle. Not much has been written in TForks, so will fill in some blanks as I can. I really enjoyed this ride. It is 'intermediate plus' IMO, with some pretty tough climbs in places on unconsolidated cobbles. While there are buttery smooth sections - particularly on the northern half - don't expect a manicured trail. This is primarily a hikers trail, and there are some frustratingly steep (and unnecessary) climbs out of several drainages - some rerouting would make the northern half of this ride spectacular. A most interesting aspect of the overall ride is that the 1000 foot net drop takes you from oak woodlands at the top through juniper woodlands, then into the Sonoran with TONS of ocotillo, yucca, mesquite, and prickly pear. AMAZING. As my first ride in the desert, I would recommend this to anybody wanting a bit of adventure and quiet. Given a choice, I would not recommend riding this north to south unless you are a glutton for punishment - the long stretches of downhills with switchbacks would be brutal in the other direction. I would love to ride this in the spring when the hills have greened up a bit, but would dread summer heat any late than that - lots of exposed slopes.

There is 'ROAD CLOSED' sign with locked gate at south access, but there is an access road that parallels main highway ~100 yds southward to an access gate and beginning of route. There is good signage along entire route with exception of a wrong turn we did up a very steep dirt road right near the start - stay low in the oak valley and veer right onto a minor rutted track and you will find the trail heading north within a half mile. There is copious cow shit along the first half of the route, providing some challenges keeping out of the mesquite. At the time of this writing, there was excellent cell service in many places along the route, including every 'pass' from one valley to the next.
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Griffen1W3A2F (Dec 29, 2020 at 12:18)
This is a great intermediate trail, with a couple rocky sections that are dark blue in difficulty. I started at Pistol Hill and rode it myself as an out and back. It was a great workout. Technically nothing crazy, but a small handful of the rock features were beyond my climbing skills. That said, for a solid intermediate rider with decent fitness, there shouldn’t be too much hike a bike. If your fitness isn’t quite there, grab a buddy and set up a shuttle.

This will be one of my go-to trails.
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AZDustyTrails (Nov 22, 2019 at 20:15)
This is my least favorite portion of the Santa Ritas to Rincons section of the AZT. Very cool Southern AZ views, but the trail is littered with loose butter stick sized rocks for most of the trail. It makes for slow climbs and slow descents, and can put a hurting on your rims. I have a few nice dings on my rims from the rocks kicking up. If the trail was cleared of all the loose rock, it could be really fun!
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qwqq1211 (Jun 24, 2018 at 19:48)
Riding from North to South you have a long gradual climb that starts out smooth and bermed to more and more technical large rock features as you continue. Nothing crazy. Some steep climbs up loose rock. I rode to a few miles past the camp ground.
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Flyakbush (Feb 10, 2018 at 13:56)
Great cross bike ride except for the last couple of miles. Super fast and not technical.
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jeffgicklhorn SDMB (Oct 2, 2017 at 16:52)
This is a great beginner trail with generally smooth flowing singletrack until the last two miles or so.
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Codybachman (Aug 9, 2017 at 8:47)
Fun trail! Trails are decent and dry
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suvlako TORCA (Jun 1, 2017 at 10:22)
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More Stats for AZT Jamboree mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,629 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,339 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,119 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,491 ft
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  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    20 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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