Tortolitas

The Scottsdale Mountain Bikers Club  is coming to Tucson to join us on a ride in the Tortolitas this Saturday.  http://www.meetup.com/mtbike/events/172910412/

We'll be doing the popular Honeybee Canyon loop with an option to do Ridgeline. We will plan to climb up the jeep road to the first ridge. This climb is about 2 1/2 miles and 450 ft.  Beautiful views and a less steep climb than Como.

From there we'll split the group with Carlos leading the Ridgeline loop. The rest will head back downhill and finish on the swooping Honeybee/ North 40 loop. Should be fun for everyone!

This is the profile for the Honeybee Canyon w/Ridgeline option: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/454219385

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  • Mark p.

    Beautiful ride with great people

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Tom M.

    I took wrong turn. Pls don't wait.

    April 5, 2014

  • Jim D.

    Ride is now planned as posted. :-)

    April 4, 2014

    • Jim D.

      I'm pretty sure it says 10:15, but 1000 is fine too. I'm meeting them at Catalina State Park at 1000 and heading over to Sun City parking lot from there. :-)

      April 4, 2014

    • Alejandro G.

      I guess I'm riding the spearfish :)

      April 5, 2014

  • John

    Jim can you post a link for the route including ridgeline this link does not work.

    April 4, 2014

  • LaFong

    I haven't ridden my 29er in a LONG time, and I can't get it dirty-worthy in time for your Tortolitas adventure. I'm sorry, but I'll have to take a rain check this time.

    April 4, 2014

    • Jim D.

      You can borrow my Rip9 if you want La Fong. It's a medium, but they run a little big.

      April 4, 2014

    • Jim D.

      Pottery Barn rules of course !

      April 4, 2014

  • Susan K.

    I vote for the fun, swoopy, not too technical ride we did about a month ago. Don't know the name of the trails. Scottsdale meetup says they are meeting at 10 am at Catalina state park to drive to trailhead. Sounds like ride might not start until 10:30 not 10:00.

    April 4, 2014

  • Jim D.

    Please ignore the comment from Duane. We are NOT doing that combination. However, Carlos and I have been discussing doing the Honeybee Canyon trails, with an OPTION to do Ridgeline trail. (ride profile posted above. The lollipop section is the Ridgeline section)

    Honeybee Canyon trails are about 18 miles with about 700 ft of climbing. If the Ridgeline is added in, about 2600 ft of climbing and 26 miles total.

    If we just do Como Loop as planned, about 23 miles and 1500 ft of climbing. (ride profile is posted above). Several people have felt Como loop is too short and too much riding on pavement.

    Sorry this hasn't been clear, but we're trying to see what the Scottsdale group wants to do and they haven't gotten back to me.

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Cassi

      I went up the honey bee trails the other day for the first time (usually coming down them fast) and it was so beautiful going the other way for once. I went off the trail several times just looking in awe.

      April 4, 2014

  • Cassi

    I hope no one thought I was trying to detour everyone to do ridge line too. That ride is really tough for anyone let alone a beginner. I provided that link to show what we did after the ridge line as a possible option for you all if people wanted more single track w/the fun McDs DH in there. Candice the honey bee trails after you get done with that initial climb are quick and easy and a ton of downhill. A couple tech rocks come out at ya mid way but it's nice and smooth for the most part. 20+ some miles out there isn't nearly as hard as 20+ at starr pass area lets say. I like to refer to the honey bee trails as Fantasy Island on steroids (beauty-wise). Trail terrain is like Fantasy. Man I wish I could be there.

    April 4, 2014

  • Jim D.

    Comments and votes are welcome!! I will post a definite ride and meeting place by 5:00 today.

    April 4, 2014

    • Tmax

      I think the Honeybee loop (AKA Drive Thru/North Forty/Primo and whatever other sobriquets apply) with a Ridge Line option sounds good. I've done the Honeybee loop a couple of times, so I could lead that if other leaders want to do Ridge Line.

      April 4, 2014

  • Jim D.

    I promise we will have a ride that everyone can enjoy! :-)

    2 · April 4, 2014

  • Candice

    Man, this ride is rapidly getting to be more than I think I can handle. It started with 20-ish miles and based on the map, about 5 of these are on pavement to 30 or 40-ish, while effectively climbing half way up Mt. Lemon. Think I might have to bail this week. Sadface

    April 3, 2014

    • Tmax

      I could be wrong, but I doubt our guests from Scottsdale will want to buy into 40 miles and 4700 feet of climbing. Perhaps have it as an option for the mountain goats. I'm certainly not going to do that much! "20-ish" miles sounds about right to me. So hang in there Candice; sanity will prevail.

      April 3, 2014

    • carlos

      Candice the ride will be a simple easy going ofposible honey bee cayon with ridgeline as an option .so miles wise can bee from 16 miles to 27 with ridge line as an option.

      April 4, 2014

  • Duane B.

    I was wondering if you were going to add the new Ridge Line Loop trail into the ride it makes the ride about 35 miles with about 4700 feet of climbing?

    April 3, 2014

    • Jim D.

      Not in the plan for this week's ride.

      April 3, 2014

  • Tmax

    I'll have a large fries with that.

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Cassi

    Here it is. Urr duh. Sorry about that. North 40/Edwin/McDs - http://www.strava.com/activities/102278114

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Cassi

    Shit I put up the wrong link. That one was Beth's ride doing the regular como loop with just McDs. One sec.

    April 3, 2014

  • Cassi

    I wish I could join! I already committed to escorting my OVB teammates down to preride the SV course :(. Anywho...Justin is right. It's more fun coming down what we all call on Strava the McDs Drive thru. You cut out the what they call the North 40 which is fun too though. If you only do the regular como loop it goes by fast and hate for them to drive all that way for such a short ride even though it's 23 miles ish it's a fast one. I've included a link you can do both possibly. You have to come back up on the edwin dirt road after you get done with the north 40 to get back to McDs but it's so worth it plus you get a little more riding. In this link we also did Ridgeline. That's becoming my favorite out there as of late. It's after Ridgeline when you get back to the cattle guard is what I'm referring too. North 40-> West on Edwin dirt road-> McDs. No matter what you do you can't really go wrong. Riding out there is a blast. Have fun! http://www.strava.com/activities/126242307

    April 3, 2014

  • Justin D.

    I took a look at the gpx and I have to say that going down the "drive thru" as it's called is much more fun than the North 40/Primo. The drive thru is fast and flows. There a couple of easy rock drops with a cool B line for a more tech drop. I would love to go but I will be out of town.

    April 1, 2014

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