Honeybee Canyon/Tortolita Mountain Access Update

As most mountain bikers in Tucson are already aware, there are a number of access issues going on right now at Honeybee Canyon in Oro Valley. Representatives from the MTB community are in touch with the respective stakeholders to try to find solutions. Here is an update of the current situations. Most of this information has already been posted, but we wanted to get everything in one place.

Parking Issues at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (Fast Rhino/Cop Shop):

First off, the property management who runs the commonly used parking area at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (sometimes called the “Cop Shop”) has, for the time being, prohibited non-customers from parking there 7 days a week. This has always been a popular place to park for folks using the Honeybee trails and, and since the Como Rd. access was closed off it has seen a huge spike in use. Numerous road cycling groups also use the lot to start and finish rides, sometimes having as many as 50 plus riders. There have been issues with folks parking there for years, mainly due to some local residents who were hostile to bikes, but things came to a head recently with business owners citing overuse of the lot during business hours, public nudity due to riders changing before and after rides, a recent bike demo day that was not cleared with the owners, and some riders urinating and even defecating at the lot.

Until further notice, please do not park at the parking lot at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. You will likely be towed. It is private property, and the owners are threatening to tow anyone who parks there for cycling purposes. Representatives from the cycling community are in contact with the property management company and are working hard to find solutions to maintain access, and we will update via Facebook and the internet as things progress. Please be respectful of the business owners at the Plaza; getting confrontational will not help us secure access.

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New Starr Pass Trail Development Schedule

SDMB Starr Pass Trail Build

Help SDMB build new trail at Starr Pass!  After more than two years of planning, we are ready to break ground on more than 5 miles of sweet singletrack. No trail building experience is needed (although seasoned builders are welcome as well), and SDMB provides all the tools, along with lunch and post-work refreshments.  Everyone who comes our gets a FREE TLC t-shirt, and local businesses are stepping up to give away more swag like a Surly Instigator frame and REI goods.

 

In order to ensure quality trail work and volunteer safety, most work events are capped at 15 volunteers. Please register via the provided link if you want to come out!  If a work day is full, please check out a different day. Weather permitting, we may schedule additional work days in May.  Stay tuned for details.

All work days go from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM, and we will meet at the Sarasota Trailhead off of Kinney Rd.

Email trailsteward@sdmb.org with questions.

Build Days

Saturday, March 5: https://doodle.com/poll/ 7nf69pysnw9hh9ig

Sunday, March 13 (sponsored by Arizona Bicycle Experts):  One lucky volunteer will win a Surly Instigator frame! https://doodle.com/poll/ y9y8vevdur6faznx

Saturday, March 19: https://doodle.com/poll/ 58cdn74deefthhfp

Sunday, March 20 (sponsored by REI): All volunteers get an REI t-shirt and a chance to win REI gear and swag!  Work event is capped at 25 volunteers. http://www.rei.com/events/ starr-pass-trail-building-w- sdmb/tucson/139061

Saturday, April 9: Tucson MTB Addicts event.  MTB Addicts members contact Scott Knockaert for registration information. Event Registration on Facebook.

Sunday, April 10 (sponsored by Sabino Cycles): Team Cirrus event.  Team Cirrus members contact Cap’n Carls for registration information.

Sunday, April 24: Team Oro Valley Bikes event.  Team OVB members contact Cory Foster or Beth Utley for registration information.

Check out the photos from the Starr Pass Build Day 1!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1274905582525352.1073741839.119439674738621&type=3

January TLC Day- Sweetwater

When: Sunday, January 17th, 8:30 AM.
Location: Sweetwater Trailhead

Let’s give Sweetwater some love while we wait for the county to finish it’s review of the new Starr Pass trails! We will start by working on Saguaro Vista and Black Rock Loop, then hit Lost Arrow if there is time.

Meet at the TH at 8:30 and plan on working until noon. SDMB will provide all the tools we need, along with lunch and beverages for after the work day. All you need to bring are work gloves, water, and appropriate clothing.

Please RSVP in the comments on the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1646403618907381/ or emailtrailsteward@sdmb.org so we know how many lunches to get.

Starr Pass Build Day #1

After more than 18 months of planning, we are finally ready to start building new trail at Starr Pass! Join SDMB for our kickoff of an entire winter of trail building.

Sunday, December 20th

Meet at the Sarasota Trailhead at 8:30 AM, and plan on working until 12:30 PM. SDMB will provide all the tools; all you need to bring is work gloves, water/snacks, and appropriate clothing for a day in the desert.

Lunch and beverages after the event will be provided courtesy of SDMB.

Please RSVP to the following Doodle link so we know how many tools and how much lunch to bring:

https://doodle.com/poll/xefrw59xp5dfkwcn

November Trail Love Crew (TLC) – Tucson Mountain Park

  • When: Sunday, November 22 @ 8:30am
  • Where: Tucson Mountain Park

For November we will be working in Tucson Mountain Park, on the connector between Explorer Trail and Robles Pass. It’s badly eroded and in need of some Trail Love! We will be working with Pima County NRPR to install drains and do rock work to keep the trail rideable and sustainable.

Due to limited parking at the work site, we will meet at the NE corner of Ajo and Mission, in the Food City parking lot in front of Rodolfo’s Mexican Restaurant at 8:30 AM. We will carpool to the 6′ culvert on Ajo and work until lunchtime.

Afterwards, plan on a king burrito or tacos; Rodolfo’s has some of the best Mexican food on the West side.

Please bring water, snacks, work gloves, and anything else you need to be comfortable and safe for a morning of trail work. SDMB will provide all the tools.

RSVP on the Facebook event.

November Social Ride

  • When: Sunday, November 29 @ 8am
  • Where: Arizona Trail/ATV Route
  • Ride Rating:  3B-3C

Come ride Redington Pass on Thanksgiving weekend! For November’s Social Ride, we are going to ride the AZT/ATV Route. This is a solidly intermediate ride, with about 1500 ft. of climbing over 12 miles. The route climbs the ATV route to the Italian Trap trailhead, then descends the AZT for several miles to Bellota Lake. After a break at the lake, we will climb out Bellota Rd. back to the ATV trail, and back to the car. The views are amazing, and the trail provides a mix of rock and flow.

This is a mellow-paced ride. No one gets dropped. Post-ride refreshments at the lot courtesy of SDMB. This is also a great way to link up with Milagrosa via the AZT if anyone wants to drop a vehicle at Suzenu and hitch a ride up to the top.

RSVP on the Facebook page event.

Meet at Le Buzz at 8:00 AM to arrange carpools and get coffee.

Como Access into Tortolitas CLOSED

Late last week, representatives from SDMB, TORCA, and CASA met with area property owners and a representative from Saguaro Ranch with the end result being that the present trail access from Como Road being declared closed. Sadly, there were a number of events cited that lead to their decision, each of which reflect an escalation of behaviors and emotions with the closure of access being the only remedy acceptable by the property owners. Additionally, Saguaro Ranch is under new ownership, and in the near future, a larger gate was slated to be installed, further declaring the community as closed.

On the silver-lining side of the story, a meeting has already been scheduled with Marana’s Planning & Development and Parks & Recreation Departments to resurrect the plan for a new trailhead access to be granted (knowing that the current situation was not acceptable). More information will be coming out as comes available.

Obviously some will want to keep riding through this access, or certainly know people who will. Please don’t, and urge others not to as well. While it was the unfortunate build-up over several confrontations that lead to the road closure, it is these same people who have indicated support for the new trail alignment, and will encourage the owners of the two other properties to support the re-route that will benefit all. Continuing to add fuel to the fire will only jeopardize what remains.

This is where you come in.

Whether in the Tortolitas or elsewhere, we all like to have access to our favorite trails. Truth is, most people don’t even think about what it took to bring that trail to fruition. Every trail has had its challenges with property ownership, government agencies, and working with the natural habitat. Trails just don’t happen, which is why we need your help to make them happen. If you are not already a SDMB member, join today to help is continue our mission to Build, Ride, and Protect trails in the Tortolitas and all over Tucson.

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