6 miles
Distance
115 ft
Climb
-2,847 ft
Descent
02:07:47
Avg time
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Canada Del Oro Details

  • Riding Area
    Mt. Lemmon
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #34369 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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
    -8.014%
  • Grade max
    -137.707%
  • Grade min
    28.239%
  • Distance climb
    3,627 ft
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    653 ft
  • Avg time
    02:07:47
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Status:
on Nov 20, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.5 (4 votes)

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  • Icy
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      Canada Del Oro Trail Reports

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      Nov 20, 2018 @ 6:37am
      Nov 20, 2018
      Must do. Only one or two downed trees. Not nearly as rugged as I expected, until the gap road. Just smooth flowy trail for miles down that...
      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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      Jun 2, 2017 @ 8:01am
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      Canada Del Oro, Tucson

      Routes with this trail

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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.
      www.homegrownmtb.com
      520.237.0129translate
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      • + 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.
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