10 miles
882 ft
-882 ft
3,930 ft
High Point

Pima County's first competitive mountain bike race course, fast and smooth. Ride both the North Loop and South Loop on the McKenzie Ranch competitive race course. Please ride clockwise and pay attention when merging back onto the North Loop. It is the responsibility of all non-bike riders in all directions and riders traveling the opposite direction to yield to those riding clockwise.

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1 Review & Comments

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flag vailismyhome (Sep 20, 2018 at 23:38)
 Our family also moved to this rural part of Vail for peace and quiet. Our 2 mile dirt road is privately maintained and paid for by each and everyone of us who chose this rural lifestyle. The McKenzie Ranch and Hohokum trails are accessed via our road or the neighboring Agua Verde Road, which means a considerable increase in traffic causing it to deteriorate much quicker. Pima County Board of Supervisors, NRPR and SDMB never considered the impact on our road let alone Marsh Station Road, which was already falling apart before the additional traffic caused by these new trails. This is easily seen by all the patching the county is constantly doing to potholes etc. Just the construction equipment and dump trucks that traveled our road for 10 months; whether it was to bring in gravel for the large parking lots, gates and fencing to lock out whomever they choose, dumpster trucks for hauling torn out cacti and mesquite trees, and let's not forget the trail building equipment. Now they decide to pave the Gabe Zimmerman trailhead parking lot! Shouldn't this money be going to our roads?! People coming out here to use these trails probably have no clue that this county land, prior to these trails being built on it, was used by the property owners in the area; whether it was for target practice, hunting, horseback riding, and traveling via all terrain vehicles. The rolling hills that were once the serene landscape many of enjoyed viewing from our homes is now tainted with trails and strangers, both of which are quite visible from many of our homes. I'm sure there are also a lot of wildlife that now feel forced out of what was once a quiet and peaceful area for them too!

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North Loop1,115 ft
South Loop2 miles


More Stats for SDMB Featured Ride - McKenzie Ranch - Race Course Loop mountain bike route
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    3,711 ft
  • Altitude start
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  • Altitude end
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  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
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