9 miles
Distance
1,181 ft
Climb
-1,058 ft
Descent
01:36:22
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of AZ - Pistol Hill to 3 Bridges Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Tucson
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    Oct-April
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #16019 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    0.262%
  • Grade max
    -25.843%
  • Grade min
    35.036%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,631 ft
  • Avg time
    01:36:22
  • Avg reverse time
    01:14:42
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Status:
on Mar 24, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Gate Gate
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      AZ Trail -... Trail Reports

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      Mar 24, 2019 @ 10:29am
      Mar 24, 2019
      Oct 25, 2018 @ 11:23am
      Oct 25, 2018
      the trail was pretty clear and packed from recent rains
      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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      • 152 miles avg distance
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      • 27 miles avg distance
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      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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