“Best slabs in Arizona” MTB 50 Year Trail – Just Ride Ep. 18

If you love slabs the 50 Year Trail in Tucson AZ has got you covered.  Riders of every skill level will have something to challenge themselves with. This amazing trail system is located in Catalina State Park just outside of Tucson and is a “must ride” if you are in the area. 

In addition to the tech, the Chutes offer some fast flowy fun that will have you smiling from ear to ear.  If you are interested in the challenging slabs be sure to hit Cowboy Slickrock, Slab City and 50 Yr Slabs.  Everything had a go-around so intermediate riders can decide what challenges to focus on.

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Cowboy Slickrock T-shirt

Our Route:

Starting from the Golder Ranch Parking Lot we took 50 Year for 3.3 miles to The Chutes.  After doing a quick loop we climbed Upper Fifty Year, Around the Mountain and Tank, to Rattlesnake.  Rattlesnake lead us down to Cowboy Slickrock and Slab City before dumping us back on to Upper Fifty Year.

Around the 10 mile mark you will see an alt line for the Lion’s Back Slab. Continue down Upper Fifty Year until you reach 50-Year Slabs.  This will eventually take you to Middle Gate which you will take all the way to connect back on to 50 Year (the same trail you came in on).

In total, our ride ended up being about 15 miles with 2600 ft of climbing.  If want to follow the route we took, check out my Strava or Trailforks links below.

Trail Details & Additional Info

Golder Ranch Parking Lot (50 Year Trailhead)
Intersection of East Golder Ranch Dr. and E Equestrian Trail
Catalina, AZ 85739
Update: The official trail head was removed from Google Maps so I’m not sure if this parking lot still exist. I would check Trailforks ride logs to see where folks are parking before venturing out.

Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/6773609457
Trailforks: https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/view/35707496/

Big thank you to TORCA (Tucson Offroad Cyclists & Activists), for developing and maintaining these awesome trails.  To help support them please donate by clicking the link below. https://torca.org/donate/

Featured rider:  Dan @the_ride_abides

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