2 miles
Distance
423 ft
Climb
-401 ft
Descent
00:34:11
Avg time
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Upper Fifty Year Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Catalina State Park / 50-Year
    Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #18240 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

This trail starts with a sustained and sometimes technical climb, then after very briefly flattening out, continues climbing up a series of rock faces. The downhill winds through carved out chutes, over rock rolls (usually with ride around options), and over a number of difficult technical features and small drops. Keep an eye out for side lines and features. The landscape is beautiful. The trail can become rutted out after heavy rains.

To access this trail, drop into the chutes, but cut to the right almost immediately at the first fork. This will quickly take you the the base of the climbing portion of this trail. The trail is ridden almost exclusively in the clockwise direction, and is often combined with middlegate for a longer ride with similar character.

More Stats for Upper Fifty Year bike trail
  • Altitude change
    22 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,282 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,620 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,287 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,309 ft
  • Grade
    0.227%
  • Grade max
    -48.329%
  • Grade min
    50.164%
  • Distance climb
    4,863 ft
  • Distance down
    4,114 ft
  • Distance flat
    929 ft
  • Avg time
    00:34:11
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Status:
on Aug 19, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.9 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
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  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Upper Fifty Year Trail Reports

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      Aug 19, 2019 @ 1:11pm
      Aug 19, 2019
      Trail in good shape, more distinguishable than early in the year. Glad I gave it another go, will be coming back.
      May 26, 2019 @ 12:15pm
      May 26, 2019
      Clear, dry, getting loose in the corners
      Jan 5, 2019 @ 9:11am
      Jan 5, 2019
      Outstanding conditions!!! Perfect tacky trail made for gripping and fast turning. No deep sand or loose dirt to throw off your flow. Enjoy!!!
      Jan 2, 2019 @ 12:40pm
      Jan 2, 2019
      reporter
      Dec 22, 2018 @ 1:51pm
      Dec 22, 2018
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 95 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 150 rides
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      Photos

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      37 |
      Feb 22, 2019 @ 4:03pm
      Feb 22, 2019
      45 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 3:46pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      45 |
      Sep 4, 2018 @ 2:49pm
      Sep 4, 2018
      98 |
      Sep 4, 2018 @ 2:49pm
      Sep 4, 2018

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag lisowski (Nov 2, 2016 at 22:42)
       This trail has an excellent variety of terrain and features, but is currently rutted out in places from rain and in need of some maintenance.
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