Elephant Head Mountain Bike Route

The 8th most popular mountain bike trail in Arizona.

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Located south of Tucson in the rugged Santa Rita Mountains, the Elephant Head Mountain Bike Trail is a great winter ride combining singletrack and jeep roads. The route starts from the lushly forested Madera Canyon along the old Proctor Road and winds through the Chino canyon basin and Agua Caliente canyon passing by an enormous butte (a.k.a. Elephant Head). At the five mile point, either turn around to enjoy that 3.5 miles of singletrack again, or press on via jeep roads up to the summit with the radio towers at the 12 mile point (3000' elevation gain).

To reach the trailhead from Tucson, follow US19 south for 25 miles to the Continental exit. Head east on Madera Canyon Road for 11 miles. Park in the lot just before the Proctor Ranch Road turnoff. Then follow the trail signs. When done riding, make sure to finish the drive up Madera Canyon Road into the lush forest under the shadow of Mt. Wrightson.

Keep an eye out for jaguars, which have been reported in this area.

Overall, Elephant Head Mountain Bike Route is the 8th most popular mountain bike trail of all 103 mountain biking rides in Arizona. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Elephant Head Mountain Bike Route including Starr Pass, Oracle Ridge Trail, Chiva Falls Loop, Sanmaniego Ridge Trail, Canada Del Oro Trail and Greaterville Trails.


Local Contact(s):  CNF (520) 749-8700 or 670-4522; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816.

Recommended Book:  "Sedona Fat Tire Tales And Trails" from Cosmic Ray

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Bog Springs CG; Elephant Head B&B, Amado (520) 398-2206

Luxury Loding:  Arizona Inn, Tucson (520) 325-1541; Santa Rita Lodge

Breakfast Restaurant:  Continental Feedlot Cafe

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado/

Article Source:   Elephant Head Mountain Bike Route Mountain Biking - Arizona Mountain Bike Trails https://www.trailsource.com/?type=BIKE&id=5832

GPS:  31.7455, -110.9044

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  5832

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