9 miles
1,181 ft
-1,058 ft
Avg time
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  • Riding area
    Tucson, Arizona
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Land Manager
    Pima County

This is just one segment of the Arizona Trail which is a 700 mile long trail running the length of the state.

The Pistol Hill Segment is usually ridden as an out-n-back from North to South starting at the Pistol Hill parking lot and turning around at the railroad tracks or as everyone calls them 3 Bridges. Is very nice mellow singletrack with a few technical sections thrown in here and there. There is also a very tough climb in what would be the middle before the turn around point.

Access Info

Head East out of Tucson on 22nd Street, and hang a right on Old Spanish Trail just past Houghton. Follow this road for about 13-miles following the signs to Colossal Cave Park. About two-miles out from the Park, you’ll come to the Pistol Hill intersection which will be dirt on your left and paved on your right. Hang a left onto the well-graded dirt road and follow this about 1.5-miles. You will cross a cattle-guard and see the parking on the right with a large wooden signboard. The trailhead is about 20-yards back up the road past the cattle guard.

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More Stats for AZ Trail - Pistol Hill to 3 Bridges mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    123 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,336 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,687 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,375 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,498 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,631 ft
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on Jan 13, 2018
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)

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AZ Trail -... Trail Reports

Jan 13, 2018 @ 6:52am
Jan 13, 2018
Not too dusty, trails are mostly clear. Gotta few over growing bushes that can get you if your not paying attention and a few prickly pears on the...
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May 2, 2018 @ 5:13pm
May 2, 2018
AZ Trail - Pistol Hill to 3 Bridges

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1 Review & Comments

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flag 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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Arizona Tucson AZ Trail - Pistol Hill to 3 Bridges
221 | Feb 6, 2017 , Tucson

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