Thanks for visiting the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists! We are an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of mountain biking, and view the sport as a vehicle to promote low impact outdoor recreation, conservation, and opportunities that are environmentally and socially responsible. We hope that you will use this website as your Tucson mountain biking resource for finding events and trails to ride, as well as to stay up-to-date and help our trail advocacy efforts.
Ironwood Forest Management Plan – MTB’s Could Lose – Write Now!
You may have seen notice of the proposed management plan for the Ironwood Forest, comments due 9/2. This plan would limit bicycle use to existing doubletrack roads exclusively! It would have the effect of excluding 90 miles of beautiful single track within the Ironwood National Monument and sets a bad precedence for mountain biking in southern AZ. SDMB has led rides out there over the years since our inception, bike packers love the solitude and the possibilities for exploration, and it is a unique place where human powered quiet recreation opportunities are appropriate to enjoy the land with minimal impact to it or the floura or fauna. And it help mitigate issues relating to illegal motorized use, northerly migration, trafficking, dumping, etc…
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Here is some background from the document. For information on Trails, check out page 11 of the NEPA document. The only mention of bicycles is on page 24:
Non-mechanized Non-motorized Uses 3.13
Monument roads, primitive roads, and administrative roads are available for non-mechanized non-motorized use, including foot, horse and mountain bicycle. Livestock and human-pulled wagons and carts may also be used on these routes provided that the route is physically suitable for passage without improvement or causing damage to Monument objects. Use of non-motorized mechanized methods of transport (bicycles, wagons) is prohibited on non-motorized trails.
April Last Saturday Ride – Cancelled
Our Last Saturday Ride for April has been cancelled and instead, we hope you’ll join us for the Trail Love Crew event on Green Mountain.
April Trail Love – Saturday, April 26th – Green Mountain
Please join SDMB for a day of timbering on Mount Lemmon. We will be helping Tom Kimmel, of Tom’s Sawyers, in deadfall removal on Green Mountain and Brush Corral trails. Plan on about 5 miles of hiking, and for a bonus we will learn how to use crosscut saws! Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear, food, and water for a full day on the mountain. Meeting time is at 7:00 AM at Tom Kimmel’s house, near Catalina Highway and Houghton. Please email email@example.com to RSVP and get directions to Tom’s house.
May Trail Love – Saturday, May 10th – Lower Bug Springs
We will be working on Bug Springs Trail, doing some tread maintenance and rehab below the hoodoos. Meet at Le Buzz at 7:30AM, or the lower Bugs trailhead at 8:00. Plan on working until noon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Future of Redington Pass Community Stakeholder Meeting – Monday, April 28th – 7-9:00pm.
Please join us and the Friends of Redington Pass (FRP) next Monday, April 28th, 7:00-9:00 PM, for a community meeting on the future of Redington Pass. We would like to get a good turnout from all the users in the Pass and we need your support to represent mountain bicyclists interests adequately!!!
The purpose of this first meeting is to get input from everyone interested in the Pass. FRP is developing a Collaborative Area Management Plan proposal to submit to the Forest Service with recommendations on how to improve management of the Pass. We have been working with them to focus on what people enjoy doing now in the Pass, areas where there are concerns, and what they would like to see in the future. Participants will be locating special areas and areas of concern on sets of maps we are preparing for the meeting. We will also be reaching out over the summer and early fall to attend others’ group meetings to gather more input. In addition, FRP will also be creating a space on our website for people to provide input on line.
Please note that the meeting location is in the Lew Sorenson Community Center at the Emily Gray School (east side). For more information, visit the FRP website.
SDMB Board Meetings – Third Monday of Each Month
Our regularly scheduled meetings are the third Monday of each month, except June and July, and are always open to the public. Please join us Monday May 19, 6:00-8:00 at Café Passe, just to listen, provide input, or to get involved.
We are collecting nominations now for Officer and Board Positions. Know someone who should be included? If you or someone you know has extra time to give back, or has an interest in organizing all the fun stuff we do, there is a place for you in SDMB! Contact us or come to our next meeting for more information about how you can get involved.
Last Saturday Ride – Arizona Trail Day! – March 29th
Please join our Last Saturday Ride in coordination with the Arizona Trail Day- Tucson and the Colossal Campout. We will be meeting at 8:30 AM at the Pistol Hill Road trailhead (at the kiosk just South of Old Spanish Trail). We will do an out and back to Camino Loma Alta, including the newly opened (to mountain bikes) Hope Camp Trail. We will then keep going past Pistol Hill Road to Colossal Cave park to participate in the AZ Trail Day festivities, and folks can ride back to Pistol Hill Rd. at their leisure, or as a group.
The out and back to Camino Loma Alta totals 14 miles, and the out and back to Colossal Cave will total about another 9 miles, for a total of roughly 23 miles with maybe 2000 feet of climbing. The trail is rolling and non-technical. We will move at a relaxed pace, and no one will get dropped. If folks don’t want to do the whole thing they can turn around at any point, and there will be the option to drive from Pistol Hill to the park rather than riding on singletrack.
In the evening, the Arizona Trail Association is hosting the Colossal Campout at La Sevilla Campground at Colossal Cave. Join us for live music, food from It’s Greek to Me and Arizona Trail Ale by the campfire.
This event is part of Sirena’s 800-mile Arizona Trail Trek to promote the Arizona National Scenic Trail, the Gateway Communities, and the new official guidebook. More details on the AZT Trek can be found at www.aztrail.org/azttrek
Donations are greatly appreciated and go toward Sirena’s goal of raising $20,000 to protect, promote and maintain the Arizona National Scenic Trail!
Trail Love Day – Bug Springs – April 5
We will be working on Bug Springs Trail, doing some tread maintenance below the hoodoos. Meet at Le Buzz at 7:30AM, or the lower Bugs trailhead at 8:00. Plan on working until noon.
Arizona Trail Jamboree
The good guys over at TopoFusion are once again putting on their incredibly popular Arizona Trail Jamboree on Saturday, January 11th. This is a charity ride that benefits the Arizona Trail Association. This is 25- or 35-miles of sweet, sweet singletrack (one-way), and ends with free beer from New Belgium, schwag and food at Pistol Hill Road. SDMB will be hosting the “after party” at 12noon. Hope to see you there!
Last “Saturday” Ride – Yetman Wash Trail Ride – BBQ and Bike Demo!
SUNDAY, January 26th – 10am – 2pm
A slight change-up this month in that the LSR is actually going to be on SUNDAY. Everyone is welcome to join us for the official Yetman Wash Bypass trail opening event and ride from 10am-2pm. We’re going to have several different-paced rides for all skill levels and ages, as well as burgers, hot dogs and drinks at the Genser trailhead. Arizona Bicycle Experts is going to be bringing their demo bikes so you take a spin on some great wheels!
Details: Meet at the Richard Genser trailhead and be ready to ride at 10am. We’ll have a few different rides headed out at various times and distances. If you don’t feel like riding with a group, do your own thing, but stop by for a snack. Burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided by SDMB around 11am or so.