13 miles
Distance
1,512 ft
Climb
-1,484 ft
Descent
2,308 ft
High Point

The desert is full of cactus.

A nice introduction to the Gold Canyon System. Ride it clockwise, except for the tech loop. Ride it CCW. There are tons more trails to be had out here, but if its your first time, this loop will keep you coming back!

Update Feb 1, 2017: No more Access at Apacheland. Park at Cloudview and ride south to Cougar.

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag instawilliambadas (Nov 14, 2018 at 19:45)
 This was a pretty killer loop. Pretty sure I ran it the wrong direction. Run it clockwise.
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  • + 1
flag schillingsworth TRAILFORKS (Nov 14, 2018 at 20:59)
 Oops!! Definitely ride it CW, if only for K-trail & Jodi's Dream. Start from Cloudview too & add a CW loop using Lost Goldmine & Cougar at the beginning of this route.
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Trails in Route

Gold Canyon DT2,867 ft
Gold Canyon DT1,214 ft
Gold Canyon Acc663 ft
Gold Canyon1,302 ft
Cougar394 ft
2GM3,320 ft
Gila Monster2 miles
Diamondback1 miles
Saguaro Squeeze732 ft
Lost Goldmine692 ft
K-Trail4,400 ft
Jodi's Dream2 miles
K-Trail1 miles
Gold Canyon DT459 ft
K-Trail499 ft
Tech Loop4,190 ft
K-Trail1 miles
Vortex1 miles
Holy Hill3,822 ft
Holy Flats797 ft
Gold Canyon DT138 ft

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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • AKA
    K trail Loop
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Gold Canyon Sampler mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,912 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,912 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,941 ft
  • Grade
    0.043%
  • Grade max
    -20.452%
  • Grade min
    19.66%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 1 (1 votes)
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