6 miles
115 ft
-2,847 ft
Avg time
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Canada Del Oro Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #34369 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    Coronado National Forest

CDO is a very backwoods get lost kinda trail. It is also one of the most unique trails in all of Tucson and Arizona really. It starts at 9000ft elevation and descends all the way down into the desert lands at the base of Mt Lemmon. All while following the Canada del Oro creek. Its one of the few rides in Southern Arizona that has potential water year round flowing along side it. Tucson's hidden GEM

The GPX file only takes you to the Charlou Gap rd. From there you have a few different options to get back to town or wherever you left your car. This is done mainly as a shuttle ride leaving cars at the 50yr trail parking lot. GPS is HIGHLY recommended.

Not recommended in the middle of summer due to extreme temps at the bottom and in the winter potential for snow at the top. Plus the Forest Service closes the gate to the road that takes you the last two miles to the very top of the mountain and the starting point for CDO.

Access Info

Accessed from the very top of Mt Lemmon. Keep driving all the way until you cant go any higher on Mt Lemmon. Its up at the top of Ski Valley rd. Always done as a shuttle from 50yr trailhead. Very long day just to shuttle but very very worth it.

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More Stats for Canada Del Oro bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,733 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,533 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,266 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,266 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,533 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,627 ft
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    653 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 26, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4 (10 votes)

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  • Icy
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  • Ideal
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
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  • Camping Camping
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  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
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      Canada Del Oro Trail Reports

      Jun 26, 2020 @ 9:01am
      Jun 26, 2020
      reporter Closed due to Bighorn Fire
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 9:32am
      Apr 23, 2020
      Rode on 4/21. Trail is pretty much clear top to bottom. Got across the ~30 or so creek crossings without getting a foot wet. Thanks to TORCA for...
      Apr 1, 2020 @ 4:14pm
      Apr 1, 2020
      reporter TORCA Went in and removed 32 fallen trees in the last 3 weeks and it is tree free T2B! Help fund their efforts(100% volunteer org and all $ funds...
      Mar 28, 2020 @ 8:32am
      Mar 28, 2020
      Mar 28, 2020 @ 8:32am
      Mar 28, 2020
      The trail is in very good shape. Recent snowfall on Lemmon has snow drifts of up to 7” on Meadow. After getting onto Samaniego Ridge, the snow...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 5 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      • 68 rides


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      Routes with this trail

      Expert Ride - CDO: Canada del Oro featured
      24 miles
      CDO Callin
      19 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • - 1
      flag suvlako TORCA (Sep 15, 2016 at 15:10)
       For shuttles, guiding, and high-end rentals... contact Home Grown Mountain Biking Tours! Only guide and shuttle company in town that caters to Mt Lemmon, all-mountain and DH/FR riding. All rental bikes are carbon.
      • + 1
      flag whoisadam (Dec 9, 2018 at 18:31)
       A true backcountry ride, doesn't seem like it gets a lot of traffic, pretty overgrown at parts, getting wacked in the face from plants and navigating rock gardens. Some pretty steep hairpins towards the beginning, then some awkward rock gardens to navigate. Towards the middle/end tons of creek crossing so many that it kind of gets annoying. The very end is overgrown tall grass that hides rocks so watch out. I posted a video of the trail under the video tab to give ya an idea. The other stuff off the front side of Mt Lemmon I would say is more fun. If you have ridden those trails such as Incinerator, Green Mtn, Bugs, Prison Camp, La Milagrosa then I would say give CDO a try. Im glad I rode it.
      • + 2
      flag Inertiaman (Apr 23, 2020 at 9:48)
       This is the sort of ride that you'll be glad you did, but you won't be planning a repeat in the near future. The awesomeness of its scale, scenery and (some) quality trail is balanced by persistent dismounts for creek crossings and rock outcrops. The grunt out via Charouleau Gap probably isn't going to be loved by many, either, thanks to the challenges of steep, loose, heavily eroded and often wildly off-camber lines. Definitely a must-do for advanced or better riders in Tucson, but your tastes will determine if its a must-redo. Also, while it may be double-black to clean a high proportion of the rock pinches and/or steep lines up top, its manageable for a competent advanced rider with reasonable judgment and occasional walking.
      • + 1
      flag Krod234 (Apr 30, 2020 at 17:42)
       Group of four of us rode the CDO - mild climate at the top, started off with a well clean recognizable trail, lots of leaves over the trail but smooth and not very technical. Plan on many creek crossings and surprised on how much water was flowing. If we could only do the CDO that would e perfect, but the climb up Charouleau Gap climb was brutal with loose dirt and irregular terrain even though it was a jeep trail. Overall the views of CDO cant be beat and well worth the run!
      • + 0
      flag Papamarch (May 4, 2020 at 8:27)
       Parked in the 50 yr trailhead lot and booked a shuttle with Tucson Mountain Shuttles (520-403-136Cool to the top of Mt Lemmon. Good price, service, and professionalism; I'd use them again. CDO is a very fun trail and water was flowing on May 3. Quite techy and lots off lose granite dropping into the canyon, there were quite a few spots we had to walk our bikes to get down but once your in the canyon by the creek it's an amazing ride down to the jeep trail where you have 3 miles or brutal climbing and then more down hill fun. Bring LOTs of water and make sure you get a very early start. We met the shuttle at 5:30 and in hindsight wished we would have met him at 4:00. Parking at the bottom of the Jeep trail is your best bet unless you're an animal and want to finish up at the 50 yr trailhead which adds about another 5 miles.

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