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

  • Riding Area
    Mt. Lemmon
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Global Ranking

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 Oct 7, 2018
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to canada-del-oro-15517 trailhead (32.443490, -110.815860)
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Canada Del Oro Trail Reports

Oct 7, 2018 @ 9:13am
Oct 7, 2018
Hit it in the rain and we cut out a bunch of trees. It's riding fast!
May 1, 2017 @ 10:02am
May 1, 2017
Trail is looking great. TORCA.org removed 61 trees off the trail just two weeks ago.
Mar 12, 2017 @ 8:23pm
Mar 12, 2017
A little bit of snow left on top. Lots of downed trees requiring dismount and climb over. I'd guess around 20 trees blocking the trail. About 50%...
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1 Review & Comments

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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.

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