2 miles
Distance
423 ft
Climb
-401 ft
Descent
00:36:24
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upper Fifty Year Trail

Upper Fifty Year Details

  • Riding Area
    Catalina State Park / 50-Year
    Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #18240 in Mountain Biking

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.

Local Trail Association
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
    00:36:24
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Status:
on Oct 27, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.15 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to upper-fifty-year trailhead (32.495200, -110.867620)

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Sep 22, 2018 @ 3:46pm
Sep 22, 2018
Upper Fifty Year, Tempe
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Sep 4, 2018 @ 2:49pm
Sep 4, 2018
Upper Fifty Year, Oro Valley
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Sep 4, 2018 @ 2:49pm
Sep 4, 2018
Upper Fifty Year, Oro Valley
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Sep 4, 2018 @ 2:49pm
Sep 4, 2018
Upper Fifty Year, Oro Valley

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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