1.9 miles
Distance
423 ft
Climb
-401 ft
Descent
00:29:47
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Upper Fifty Year Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Upper Fifty Year Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain 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
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 95 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.

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More Stats for Upper Fifty Year bike trail 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
    00:29:47
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:45
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Status:
on Apr 13, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.05 (18 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Upper Fifty Year Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 545 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 876 rides
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      Photos

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      48 |
      Oct 2, 2020 @ 2:03pm
      Oct 2, 2020
      184 |
      Feb 22, 2019 @ 4:03pm
      Feb 22, 2019
      136 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 3:46pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      | 3 comments
      114 |
      Sep 4, 2018 @ 2:49pm
      Sep 4, 2018

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Paul33OT (Oct 25, 2019 at 15:26)
       Going clockwise, Watch out for the fence across the trail near the northernmost part of the trail just after passing "around the Mountain" Trail. It's after a tight corner and a bush mostly blocks early view of it, as of Oct 2019
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