April & May Trail Love


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 trailsteward@sdmb.org to RSVP and get directions to Tom’s house.

May – 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 trailsteward@sdmb.org to RSVP.


Monday, April 28th – 7-9:00 p.m.

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 & Elections

SDMB Board Meetings – 3rd 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.

SDMB Elections

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.

March 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.

Please RSVP here on Eventbright.

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.

Pistol Hill Rd. to Camino Loma Alta trail information.

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!

SDMB 2013 Year in Review

11-8-2013 Update

Yetman Wash Trail Work Days Announced.

The much anticipated Yetman Reroute is finally happening!  Please join SDMB for upcoming work days in November, December, and January.  SDMB will provide all the tools we will need, but please come dressed for a day outside, bring work gloves, and make sure to bring water and snacks.  We will provide lunch for after the work days. The dates of the work days are:

  • Sunday 11/17/13
  • Saturday 11/30/13
  • Sunday 12/15/13
  • Saturday 1/4/13

All work events will run from 8:00am to 12:30pm with lunch following.  We will meet at the Sarasota Trailhead off of Kinney Rd and hike in from there. Parking is limited so we encourage you to carpool. Please RSVP to trailsteward@sdmb.org or the Facebook Event by the Wendesday prior to the work day to make sure we have lunch for you.  See everyone out there!

Bikes & Brats Recap

This year’s annual Bikes and Brats was the largest turnout yet with over 35 people – some camping, most riding, and all eating and relaxing.  SDMB supplied brats and snacks for all and wooden stunts for the kids to get ‘big air’. Catalina Brewing Company and Cirrus Visual Communications were on hand to supply some adult beverages after the ride.  The weather was perfect, especially with the overnight sprinkles, and the ride was as good as it gets.  If you have never camped at and/or ridden from the Catalina State Park, it is a must do. Try it out someday soon, and be sure to come out to the Bikes and Brats next year – same weekend on Nov 1/2!

National Trails Symposium Recap

A letter from Matt Nelson, Executive Director of the AZ Trail Association sums up the Symposium quite well!

THANK YOU for being part of the Arizona Trail mobile workshop as part of the Partnership for the National Trails System conference. I couldn’t have imagined a better day to be out on the trail, with an inspired group of people that are key players in the management of trails around the nation. I heard very positive comments from everyone about their time on the Arizona Trail, and what YOU brought to the experience. So thank you.

Today was more than just a hike or a ride – it was an opportunity to show other trail associations, land managers, and young people who are going to be future leaders in this industry what we’ve been able to accomplish by working together. It’s the thing I am most proud of about the Arizona National Scenic Trail, and the fact that we had equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers sharing the same trails today is proof that it works. It’s one thing to talk about it; it’s another thing to see and feel it in action.

10-14-2013 Update

October Last Saturday Ride – 26th – 50Year & 27th at Butterfly/Crystal Springs

Brian is going to lead a kid’s-friendly version. If you’d like to get a more difficult and/or longer ride in, feel free to come on out and do your thing. Meet at the Golder Ranch parking area at 8:15, feet in pedals at 8:30 or so. For those wanting a bit more gnar, Zach is leading a Mt. Lemmon Butterfly/Crystal Springs ride on SUNDAY the 27th. Meet at LeBuzz at 7:00am or the Butterfly Trailhead parking at 8:00am.

October Trail Love – October 20th – Bug Springs

Another great Trail Love Event coming up on Sunday, October 20th. We will be going back up to Bug Springs Trail to continue addressing erosion issues after the monsoons and improving corners, maximizing flow, and keeping the trail generally awesome. Meet at the Le Buzz parking lot at 7:30 AM with clothing and gear appropriate for a day in the sun.  This time some of us are planning on working all day, so make sure to bring a lunch if you want to join us.  There will also be the option to work until lunchtime, then hike out. This will be a family friendly work event – some of us will be bringing the kids and there will be hosted hike so the parents can enjoy some adult time on the trail. Please let us know if you are interested so we can plan accordingly – your kids are responsible for their own water and snacks/lunch. As usual, SDMB will provide the tools but if you have a favorite McLeod or Pulaski you want to bring, go ahead.  Email trailsteward@sdmb.org to RSVP or ask questions. Looking forward to seeing folks out there!

Bikes and Brats! – November 1-3 – Catalina State Park

Save the Date: November 1-3 at Catalina State Park. Typically we camp over on Fri and/or Sat, ride 50yr Sat and/or Sun am (official ride leaders and schedules TBD, but casual rides will occur amongst the campers). Due to the Bike Park Workshop on Sat the 2nd, the official ride will be Sunday am with a BBQ around noon (time can vary depending on temperature to allow for a cooler or not so early ride). This is a family friendly event, there will be a hosted kids hike involved so parents can go ride. Stay tuned here and TucsonMTB for more details as  the time gets closer.  Hope to see you there!

Bike Park Workshop – November 2nd

SDMD and IMBA, with assistance with Pima County Parks will be putting on a one-day workshop on bike park and pumptrack development. You can download the Bike Park Summit Schedule for more details. There will be a social ride on Friday, November 1st at Starr Pass, starting at 4:00, and then meeting at Tap and Bottle at 7:30ish for refreshments.

9-18-2013 Update

September Last Saturday Ride – September 28th – Sweetwater

Meet at the Sweetwater Trailhead at 7:00 AM. From Silverbell and Camino Del Cerro, head West on Cmo Del Cerro, then South on Tortolita. Tortolita deadends at the Trailhead. We will plan on riding everything out there, for a total of around 12 miles. This will be a mellow XC ride, beginners welcome. No one gets dropped.

September Trail Love Corps – September 21st – Bug Springs

Please join us for the SDMB September TLC Day on Saturday, 9/21/13. This month we will be working on Bug Springs to do some tread work and stump removal to repair damage done by the monsoons. If we get enough volunteers there will be an option for a crew to ride it top to bottom, brushing as they go.

Meet in the Le Buzz/Safeway parking lot at Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway at 7AM. Please bring snacks, water, and appropriate clothing for trailwork. Post-work beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or ask questions, email trailsteward@sdmb.org.

7-10-2013 Update

July Last Saturday Ride – July 27th – Two Options

There will be two options for the July 27th Last Saturday Ride. Read on, and we hope to see you at one of them! Option 1: Mt. Lemmon loop, approx. 15 miles, several thousand feet of climbing.  Some technical spots on the trails, but nothing that can’t be walked.  Plan for a 4-5 hour ride.  Social pace, no one gets dropped.  Plenty of bail-out points. We will start at the Sunset Trailhead and ride a loop that includes Sunset Trail, 1918 Trail (both ways), Bigelow Road, Bigelow Trail (through Palisades), and Secret Trail.  Most if not all of the climbing is on road and dirt road, and all of the descending is on singletrack.  Meet at Le Buzz at 7:00 to carpool or the Sunset Trailhead at 8:00.  RSVP if you’re coming so we can keep an eye out for you.

Option 2: For those who can’t get to the mountain we are offering a ride at the Golder Ranch trailhead on the 50-Year trail for a cool nighttime alternative. This will be a great beginner and kid friendly event. Brian will lead a kids ride toward the chutes and Bert will take a group around someplace – it really just depends on who shows and what kind of an adventure we want to go on! Meet in the lot around7:15 PM – sunset is at 7:30. It will be a dark night with no moon so have yourself set up with some good lights. Post ride socializing supported by CBC.

July Trail Love – July 13th – Aspen Draw

Please join SDMB for our July TLC day on Aspen Draw Trail on Saturday, July 13th. We will be doing some erosion management and tread restoration to make sure the trail is in the best possible shape as the monsoons roll in. SDMB will provide the tools, although if you have work gloves, pulaskis, or mcleods please bring them. Make sure to bring appropriate food, water, and clothing for the day, and remember that monsoon weather on the mountain can be unpredictable Meet at Le Buzz at 6:30, or at the parking area at the top of the ski lifts at 8:00. Please rsvp to trailsteward@sdmb.org so we know you’re coming.

Parks & Pedals Recap

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Parks & Pedals event! We had well over 60-participants, and a great time was had by all. A special thank you to Chris at Cirrus Visual, The Saguaro National Park, and the Arizona Trail Association for organizing and putting everything together.

SDMB Board and Board Meeting

The proposed SDMB Board is shown below. Currently all positions are running un-opposed. Keep an eye out for public/club open election in the near future. The next Board Meeting (all are welcome) will be held on the Third Monday in August at 6pm, at Cafe Passe.

  • Zach MacDonald – Pres
  • Brian Vance – VP/Secretary
  • Bert Ehrmann – Treasurer
  • Evan Pilling – Advocacy / TLC
  • Cat Green – Events
  • Todd Sadow – Corporate Liason
  • Graeme Hunt – Marketing, Comm, IT
  • Lee Blackwell – Advocacy / TLC / AZT
  • Chris Eaves – Advocacy / Youth Outreach

Don’t Forget to BE NICE

A Friendly Reminder from the Forest Service: Please Play Nice with the Hikers on Mt. Lemmon. Robert Walters at the Forest Service informed SDMB that there have been several negative interactions between mountain bikers and hikers on the Aspen Draw Trail in recent weeks. For those of you who haven’t ridden up there, Aspen Draw is a fun and technical trail that is easy to shuttle, in addition to being a very pretty trail to hike, so it sees heavy use by both the mountain biking and hiking community. Please make sure to ride responsibly and under control, and give hikers the option to take the right of way. Be friendly and pleasant when passing. When you see equestrians, offer to get off your bike when passing or being passed. And make sure to be nice to the donkey lady and her donkey. SDMB has been making significant strides in our relationship with the Forest Service, and the fact that they are calling us about this is proof of this. Thank you everyone for riding responsibly and respectfully!

6-12-2013 Update

Pedals and Parks – Cycle Saguaro – June 22nd – 8pm

Celebrate mountain bikes in Saguaro National Park (Rincon District) by joining us for this special event highlighting the Hope Camp Trail. The trail was recently opened to mountain bikes and in order to raise awareness for this AZTrail link, Saguaro National Park is hosting a night ride during June’s full moon. We will ride from the Pistol Hill area to the Camino Loma Alta trailhead. After ice-cold beverages are enjoyed we will return to fire up the BBQ for post-ride festivities. RSVP to Chris at chris@cirrusvisual.com.

SDMB Board Meeting – June 17 – 6pm

Come one, come all to hear the latest about mountain bike advocacy in the Tucson region. We’ll be meeting at Cafe Passe (415 N. 4th Avenue). Hope to see you there!

SDMB Adopts Bugs!

It’s Official! While SDMB unofficially adopted Bug Springs Trail on Mt. Lemmon, the Forest Service officially gave us the “thumbs up.” We look forward to partnering with the Forest Service and continuing to develop a great relationship with them. Keep an eye out for future trail days on Bugs.

June TLC Recap

Thank you to everyone who came out for the National Trails Day – June Trail Love on Aspen Draw. We had a great turnout and spent our time rebuilding a crib wall and making access over the known “step up.”

5-27-2013 Update

National Trails Day – Saturday, June 1

This coming Saturday, June 1 2013 is National Trails Day. Volunteers all over the country will be joining up to go and give their local trails some love.  Please join SDMB for a service project on the Aspen Draw Trail on Mt. Lemmon, in coordination with other events facilitated by REI and the Southwest Conservation Corps.  We will be hiking down from the top to a spot about halfway down to rebuild a crib wall at the big rock step-up.  We will work until lunchtime, then join the larger National Trails Day/Southwest Conservation Corps crew for lunch.

Meet at Le Buzz at 0630 to carpool (look for the SDMB flag), or at the parking lot at the top of the Ski Valley lifts at 0730.  Bring water, food, and clothing appropriate for a day on the mountain.  Remember that the weather can be unpredictable up there. RSVP to trailsteward@sdmb.org by the morning of 5/29/13 to get your lunch order included in the numbers.

If folks are interested, there may be shuttles after the work event. Click here for more information about National Trails Day and other local events. Hope to see everyone there!

May TLC Recap

We had a great turnout for the May TLC at Hope Camp in Saguaro National Park. Thank you to everyone who participated. The Arizona Trail Association organized, and SNP Rangers facilitated. We hiked in 1-1.5 miles, moved many tons of rock to fill in a couple large areas of erosion back-cutting the trail, and re-vegged the area to encourage folks to stay on the singletrack.

5-7-2013 Update


How can you help make mountain biking in Tucson better? Join SDMB – a Chapter of IMBA, share and lead a ride sometime, participate in our monthly TLC days, help with tabling at special events such as Cyclovia or the bike swap, help with fundraising, organizing events, or just be a part of the discussion. Whatever your interest and expertise, we can use your skills.

The bulk of this work is done by a handful of volunteers who also have jobs, families, and other obligations. We are always looking for new people to step up. In order for SDMB to become more than it is now, to do more and be more effective in achieving what we all want – for Tucson to be a mountain bike destination with world class trails and features, we need you to join in the fun. We are always looking for new folks to get involved. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact us for a meeting to discuss ways you can help out SDMB and the mountain bike trails community.

Cinco de Mayo Recap!

We had a great turnout for our Cinco de Mayo Aspen Draw shuttle and Picnic. Thanks to everyone who came out, and a special thanks to Chris for the great photos!

May Last Saturday Ride – 5/25 – Bigelow to Molino

May LSR 5/25 – Mt. Lemmon Bigelow to Molino:  Meet at Le Buzz at 7:00, carpool to Molino Basin parking area, and shuttle to the top of Bigelow at the radio towers. Start riding at 8:30 – Kellog Mtn Trail, Incinerator Ridge, Green Mountain, Bug Spring, and finish with Prison Camp to Molino. This will probably be 4 hours (+/-) on trail depending on group size. The ride is a difficult 4-D type ride with tough climbs at higher elevation, lots of technical challenges (e.g. big/loose rocks, ruts). There are a number of bail-out points along the route to hop back on the highway if time is an issue. RSVP to our Facebook Event, or let Zach know you’re coming.

May Trail Love Day – 5/11 – Hope Camp

For May, we are partnering with the ATA, SNP and the other mountain bike groups in town to do some work on the newly opened Hope Camp Trail. Please join us on Saturday, May 11th at 7am at the Camino Loma Alta Trailhead. Lunch will be provided at 11am. Dress prepared and bring water. RSVP with Matt Neslon at matthew@aztrail.org.

4-26-2013 Update

Cinco de Mayo Ride and Potluck – Sunday, May 5th

Last year’s SDMB/TucsonMTB Cinco de Mayo Ride moved from the traditional Sweetwater location to Bug Springs and Molino picnic area to beat the heat as well as the piñata. This year we are going higher. We are going to ride Aspen Draw. And picnic after at Inspiration Rock. We will meet at le Buzz at 8 to coordinate rides. Shuttles (or if anyone wants to pedal up…) will start from the base of the run in Summerhaven at 9. We will do as many as we can until noon, and head down to Inspiration Rock picnic area for a potluck picnic. SDMB will provide water and drinks, some snacks, and bagels for pre-ride. Everyone else is to bring a dish or snack, or salad or etc; something that doesn’t need heating up of course. Let Brian Vance know if you are interested, and what you can bring. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

SDMB Micro Grant 2013

Once again, SDMB is proud to offer a $1000 grant available to Pima County residents and organizations with the intent of bettering the local biking community. All projects will be reviewed and rated according to guidelines established by the SDMB Grant Committee. Applications are accepted by mail only, and must by postmarked by June 30, 2013 in order to be considered. Applications will be reviewed and the winner(s) will be notified by July 31, 2013. Download the Application Information Sheet here.

4-23-2013 Update

April Bug Springs Trail Work

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us clean up some of the Bug Springs trail. Here are a few photos taken of the before and after:

4-5-2013 Update

SDMB & Cyclovia Tucson – April 7th

Who’s ready for another fabulous day with car-free streets between downtown Tucson and the City of South Tucson? Bring your walking shoes, roller skates, or bike to the event and be prepared to see Tucson’s streets like never before. Got some bike-handling skills? Try them out at SDMB’s Obstacle Course! We’ll be located on 23rd Street and 4th Avenue. Hope to see you there! For more Cyclovia information, see their website.

GABA 4th Avenue Bike Swap – April 14th

It’s time for the Spring 2013 GABA Tucson Bike Swap. Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 7AM through 2PM. It’s four city blocks, closed to car traffic in Tucson’s lively Fourth Avenue district, centered at the corner on 5th Avenue and 7th Street! SDMB will have a booth so come by, say “hello”, find out more about our events, and purchase some really great SDMB shirts, hats, jerseys, and socks!

April Trail Love – Bug Springs – April 20th

Our April Trail Love will be taking place on Mt. Lemmon on our favorite SDMB adopted trail: Bug Springs. Come prepared in work clothes, gloves, and water. We’ll meet at LeBuzz Cafe at 7:30am to carpool, and we’ll hike in from the lower trailhead.

April Last Saturday Ride – April 27th- Sweetwater

Not riding the Whiskey? Then why not join SDMB for April’s Last Saturday Ride. If you’re not heading up to Prescott then meet up with our ride leader Bert at the Sweetwater trail-head for some modest paced loops on one of our favorite local systems. Saturday April 27th, 8:00am.

3-19-2013 Update

March LSR – “Into the Tortolita Trail system: from the backside!”

Join SDMB on Saturday March 30th as we do an out and back ride into the Tortolita Trail System – from the back, er, east side…

This ride starts at 8:30 from the windmill parking / trail-head near the west end of Rail X Ranch Road (headed west off of Oracle Road at the North end of the town of Catalina, just before Saddle Brook Blvd).  The road off Oracle is dirt but easily passable by passenger car to the parking area.  You can’t miss it, turn west off the highway and drive toward the Tortolitas…

From our starting point there are several options to ride.  We might break into groups, but the main group intends to do the steep climb up the jeep road then drop into the east end of the inner basin of the Tortalita Mountains.  If you have not been into this area before it is well worth the effort – it is a Sonoran desert wonderland inside that mountain range…  Anyway, we will do an out and back, venturing 5 to 10 miles out to the current point of constuction on the connector trail, near the top of Wild Burro (above the Ritz).

Please EXPECT for this to be an adventure – depending on your skill level and fitness, it could could be a tough ride.  Although we would never leave anybody behind all riders are expected to be self supported.  This trail leads into remote country and there is no water available.  If it is a good spring day it will be warm – have appropriate equipment, wear sunscreen and bring plenty if not extra food and water!  The trail is mostly XC with a lot of good climbs and technical challenges tossed in to keep you on your toes.  Probably 3 to 5 hours on the trail depending on events –  it is work to get into those mountains then work to get back out, but again – well worth the effort.

This should be a good one – hope to see you there!

March Trail Love

TLC crew Martin, Max, Max, & Luong working the Tortalitas (TLC Director Evan took the shot). Turns out, the grey, drizzly day made the trails awesome to work on. Thanks!


2-26-2013 Update

Sonoran Desert Museum – Buffelgrass Removal on Sunday, March 3rd

2:30 – 4:30pm. Bring sturdy shoes/boots, long sleeves and pants, hat, reusable water bottle, gloves if you have them, shovel or pick if you have them. Meet at pull-outs K-18 and K-19 along Kinney Rd. To get there, take Speedway/Gates Pass Rd. over Gates Pass, turn right onto Kinney Rd. at the T intersection, heading toward the Desert Museum. Drive about 1 mile. You will pass McCain Loop Rd. and the Brown Mountain picnic area. If you reach the Desert Museum, you went too far. Staff will carry cell #334-5978, but reception is spotty in the mountains. Please try to carpool as parking is very limited. Please RSVP directly to Sonya at the Desert Museum via email at snorman@desertmuseum.org.

Trail Love Corps (TLC) – Sunday, March 9 – Tortolitas

We will be working wtih Martin Adriaanse to help him finish up a few projects up there he has been working on since the summer. To get an idea of the work that Martin and others have been doing up there, see the thread on TucsonMTB. Meet at the Wild Burro Trailhead, 15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ at 8:30 AM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided after the trailwork, so please RSVP so I know how much lunch to order.As always, please bring appropriate clothing and water to be working outside in the sun for several hours. Hope to see everyone out there!

2-1-2013 Update

MTB Park Input Needed!

There is a new bike park opening in Tucson called Xtreme Fun Spot. They are open to building MTB-specific trails and features, and input is needed to help them understand what MTBers want. Apparently the best way at this point is to go onto their facebook page. If you are interested in providing input and getting more MTB-park style riding in Tucson, please take a moment to post up on their facebook page.

1-22-2013 Update

January Last Saturday / Trail Love – 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Course

It’s our monthly LSR ride – and this time the “S” is for “Sunday”! So, do you still need to pre-ride the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo course before race day? Just want to get out for a day of fun? Then join SDMB this Sunday at the 24HOP Start/Finish area for a day of riding and socializing. Meet for carpooling at the Safeway shopping center at Ina/Oracle at 9:00AM, or if you want to drive separately, meet us at the Start/Finish area (NOT the Willow Springs Arch parking lot) at 10AM. Remember to display the State Land Permit! The SDMB EZ-UP will be set up as a “base camp”. From there, the group will ride the course, or if you’re super familiar with the area, we can venture off to explore the infamous Painter Boy or Bones trails.

What SDMB will provide:

  • Hibachi, charcoal and some basics (burgers & dogs)
  • EZ-Up

What riders need to bring:

  • Other food for the hibachi
  • Favorite recovery beverage
  • The family, for a fun day on the trail.
  • State Land Permit!

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SDMB 2012 Year in Review

12-3-2012 Update

SDMB & BICAS Parade of Lights – Dec. 15

Want to combine some urban night riding and some holiday family fun? – SDMB is joining BICAS this year to escort Santa on decorated bikes in the Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights – Dec 15th at 6:30 pm. Let us know if you are interested in joining us so we can start getting a tally. BICAS will be ordering blinky lights that work great for decorating bikes they offer up for a small donation.

11-15-2012 Update

Annual Turkey Day Ride aka… Earn The Right To Pig Out 2012

We’ll hit the west side of Tucson Mountain Park and ride a couple of hours to make room for all that turkey and pie. This is a fun, no drop ride that has been going on for over a decade, hope all can make it. November 22, Thursday (Thanksgiving) – When: 7:50am – Where: Parking area G9 on Gates Pass Road – Ride Info: 3-B, 12-15 miles.

10-29-2012 Update

10th Annual Bike and Brats

Saturday/Sunday, November 3&4 Bike ‘n Brats Family Camp-out! This is the 10th year of the annual Bike and Brats Weekend! Sadly, we missed last year, but we’ll be back for a weekend of fun at Catalina State Park! The way it works: if you want to do a ride – post it. If you want it Saturday before a campout at the site, a night ride, whatever. We have the camp site starting 7am on Saturday. Tradition has been for several rides the morning of Sunday, November 4, to all end at the campground for great bratwurst, sauerkraut, onions, and more! Gathering scheduled for 11am. Bring something to share if you can – Brats, dogs, burgers provided by SDMB. Contact Hank Rowe for more information.

November TLC – Starr Pass

When: Sunday, 11/11/12 at 8AM. Where: Meet at the Sarasota Trailhead on the South side of Tucson Mountain Park. We will hike over to the climb up to the top of Yetman wash and do rut management and water control work. The climb is thrashed and needs to be loved in a serious way. Plan on working until noon or 1. Lunch will be provided. Dress appropriately and bring plenty of water. SDMB has plenty of tools, but if you have Mcleods, Pulaskis, or good shovels go ahead and bring them just in case. Please post up on TucsonMTB.com if you’re coming so that we can make sure to have enough lunch!

10-1-2012 Update

October Trail Love Corps Day (TLC) 10-20-12

Come on out for the October TLC Day! We’re going to work on Fantasy Island again and focus on addressing ruts and sand. Meet at the Irvington trailhead (the intersection of Irvington and Harrison) at 7:30. Bring water, work gloves, snacks, and plenty of energy. If you happen to have a Pulaski, Macleod, or transfer shovel bring it. Lunch will be provided after the trailwork. Post up on Tucson MTB if you’re coming so we know how much lunch to bring.

Prescott Wonderschlautt Festival – October 19 and 20

Wonderschlautt FestivalRide your mountain bike in Prescott October 20-21 for The Wonderschlautt Festival – BIKES, BEERS, GRINS. Support the local IMBA Chapter PMBA. Multitude of guided ride options for all skill levels. VIP beer tasting, beer garden, bike swap meet, roller races, obstacle course, and other great games. Live band Saturday night.

50/50 September LSR an Adventure!

Wow, what a ride. 11 of us showed up, and there was some serious shredding. Unfortunately, it was us getting shredded, not the gnar. After a long and beautiful climb up Charleau Gap Road and a lovely sunset, we dropped in to Cherry Tank trail. We suspected it would be ovegrown, but I would hesitate to even call it a MTB trail any more. The cat’s claw and other prickly things up there are so overgrown that in places we couldn’t even see the trail and all of us were bleeding by the end. Also, the monsoons were not kind to Cherry Tank and ruts were everywhere. After Cherry Tank we dropped in to Deer Camp and finished at the top of the chutes, then down 50 Year to the Lago del Oro TH. Regardless, it was a great ride that finished with some of us heading over to the CBC brew shed for burgers and awesome CBC beer.

8-29-2012 Update

Tucson is getting a lot of Trail Love

A very big thank you to ALL who have been turning out to help SDMB and local trail-lovers do some much-needed TLC to Mt. Lemmon’s trails. In July, we had a fantastic turnout to do some work on Kellogg Trail, and for August, Sunset Trail got the attention. Click on the photos below to see their galleries, and we encourage you to help out on a future TLC.

For September, we’ll be at Sweetwater! See our thread on TucsonMTB to RSVP for this trail event.

September Last Saturday Ride – 50/50 50-Year

Join us for a 50/50 (day/night) ride at the 50-Year trail in Golder Ranch. We’ll start at the Lago del Norte trailhead at 4pm (feet in pedals!) and cruise on a 4-hour, Intermediate/Advanced ride through some of the best of 50-Year Trail. You must bring a light!

7-23-2012 Update

July Last Saturday Ride – Mt. Lemmon

The route is still up in the air but we’re planning to ride Meadow Trail to San Pedro Vista. It could be a shuttle from San Pedro Vista if anyone wants to organize: Ride Meadow, Aspen, Sunset (or HWY) to 1918, Bear Wallow Rd to Secret to Bigelow to Kellog to Incinerator and back to the cars. Meet at Le Buzz at 7:30 am to carpool. San Pedro to shuttle by 8:15 or at the top of Meadow by 8:45, FIP 9:00 am. We’ll probably meet at the Meadow Trail parking lot at the top of ski valley by 9:00. This ride contains some technical trail and climbing at higher elevations so it’s recommended for Intermediate-level riders. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming. Details can be found on TucsonMTB.

7-7-2012 Update

Vote for SDMB – Arizona Daily Star Contest

From July 9-15, “Like” the Arizona Daily Star’s Facebook page and vote for SDMB in their Like-a-Palooza giveaway. If SDMB wins, we get a full-page ad in the Arizona Daily Star to promote Tucson mountain biking and trail advocacy efforts.

6-19-2012 Update

Mt. Kellog Cleanup and Incinerator Ridge shuttle – July 15

We also need your help for another Mt. Lemmon Trailwork Day, coming up on Sunday, July 15th. We’ll be cleaning and rebuilding badly eroded sections on Mt. Kellog and Incinerator Ridge trail. Tools will be provided, but you need to bring LOTS of water for yourself, gloves, and dress appropriately. Meet at LeBuzz Cafe at 7:00am to shuttle up the mountain. And as an added bonus: Show up to three work events and get a free SDMB TLC – Trail Crew t-shirt and special deals on gear through SDMB. Take a look at the TucsonMTB forum post for the latest details on this work event.

June Last Saturday Ride – Fantasy Island Night Ride!

The SDMB Last Saturday Ride (or LSR) is a fun, social ride that takes place in various locations on the last Saturday of EVERY month. Rides vary in difficulty and location, but no one is ever left behind. For June, it’s going to be a night ride at Fantasy Island! We encourage you to RSVP to the ride on TucsonMTB so we know to look for you. Please bring helmet, a good-working bike, protection, and lights! Group ride leaders: Bert Ehrmann & Cat Greene. Meet at Irvington entrance

Crystal Springs Trailwork Recap

June 2nd was National Trails Day, and to celebrate, a dedicated number of Trail Love Crew volunteers made the drive up Mt. Lemmon to give needed love to a great and gnarly (but often ignored) trail called Crystal Springs. They cleaned and pruned, and cut and moved a number of fallen trees. This is quite a feat and sweat-equity when chainsaws are not allowed. Take a look at a few of the photos below to see their work.


6-18-2012 Update

Reveal The Path Screening – June 19th

Mountain bikers! Reveal the Path is playing tomorrow at The Loft Cinema, with live pre-show music by soundtrack artist Dominique Fraissard and a post-film Q&A with producer/director Mike Dion! Come on out to see a great movie and enjoy some knobby-tire atmosphere. Hope to see you there!

5-24-2012 Update

TLC – Trailwork Crystal Springs on Mt. Lemmon – June 2nd, 2012 –

June 2nd is National Trails Day so we are planning that for our TLC event. Just starting to get details but the plan will be to work Crystal Springs Trail on Mt. Lemmon. It has been very overgrown the last few years and needs a hefty dose of TLC. Please check out the TucsonMTB thread for the most up-to-date information. Mark your calendars. Time 7:00 am. Parking: Butterfly TH is on the right side on Lemmon highway as you are going up. Will try and get the mile marker but think its around 25 maybe. We would like to have two groups of workers one hiking in from the Control rd. and the other hiking in from Butterfly TH. Let us know who wants in so we can make the plans depending on the amount of people. If the group is small enough we will just do a shuttled thru ride. Only about 5 miles of trail we plan on working on.

5-20-2012 Update

May Last Saturday Ride – 50-Year Trail

Let’s take a ride out on the 50 Year Trail and see the results of the SDMB/IMBA Trail Workday!! Time: 8:00am Place: Golder Ranch Parking Lot We NEED RIDE LEADERS and sweeps for this ride. Depending on the number and abilities of the participants that show up for this ride, we may break into several smaller groups, which could provide some varied ride options. Take a look at the official thread over on TucsonMTB.com.

4-26-2012 Update

April TLC – Green Mountain Trailwork Day – Saturday, April 28th

The Last Saturday Ride has been changed to a Trail Work Day, due to bad weather the last time we tried to work on Green Mountain. So grab your work gloves and join us this coming Saturday the 28th for some Green Mountain love! Be ready for a hike of about 2-2.5 miles into Green Mt. There are some downed trees most are manageable for us to move one will need the FS. Lots of little brushback to be done and maybe fix some wash outs. Meeting Time: 9am Shuttle Place: At the camp ground where Green comes out.Plan: Plan is to just hike from the top all the way thru. Bring a lunch won’t be a short day. Check out the official TucsonMTB thread for the latest updates.

4-19-2012 Update

Cinco de Mayo
2012 Cinco De Mayo – Sunday, May 6th

For the 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo event, we’re headed up Mt. Lemmon! Bring a potluck Cinco-inspired item, your bike, and prepare to have a great time. There will be BBQ Grills there if you need to grill. We’ll be stationed at the Molino Basin campground, and rides will go out from there. The plan, if we have enough riders, is to Shuttle to Bug Springs. If not, then we’ll just do Prison Camp. Both Bugs and Prison are considered Intermediate trails. If you’re familiar and comfortable with Starr Pass, then you’ll be good to go. Be there by 8am, and remember, you will need to either have a pass, or buy one at the station on your way up the mountain. Please RSVP on our Facebook event.

4-6-2012 Update


Pima County DOT Bike Ped Dept is venturing forth unto the wonderful world of mountain biking, and our very own Martha Lemen is teaching! Even better…. it’s FREE! In Part 1 of this two-part class, riders will learn the basics of mountain biking – body position, bike set up & skills to gain confidence on the trail. Newer riders will learn a lot and experienced riders will learn more efficient techniques to ride faster with more control. Part 2 will give riders the opportunity to apply the skills learned in Part 1 on the trails at Fantasy Island. We will analyze lines and take the time to get over/through the various features at Tucson’s most popular trail system. Class size is limited to 8 riders. Riders need to bring a bike in good working condition, bring water to last 3 hours in hot sun and wear a helmet. Sunglasses and gloves are highly recommended. Call 243-BIKE (2453) to sign up. (Ages 16 plus, 13-15 okay with a parent). TO REGISTER, CALL 243-BIKE (2453).

  • Part 1, Saturday, April 21st, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. George Mehl Park, 4001 E. River Rd.
  • Part 2, Saturday, April 28th, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fantasy Island – Irvington Trailhead (Irvington/Harrison)
  • Part 1, Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Purple Heart Park,10050 E. Rita Rd.
  • Part 2, Sunday, April 29th, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fantasy Island – Irvington Trailhead (Irvington/Harrison)

4-3-2012 Update

Sign a Petition to Legalize Night Riding in Tucson

Many of you may not know, but night riding is currently illegal in Pima County trail systems such as Sweetwater, Starr Pass, etc. With summer temperatures reaching 110 degrees, night riding is sometimes is the only way to get some quality singletrack time. Please sign this petition to urge Pima County into allowing night riding.


3-15-2012 Update

Cyclovia Tucson 2012

Cyclovia Tucson is this weekend. Please visit the SDMB’s booth and decorate your helmet and/or a bike plate, and play some ring toss for a chance to win some cool prizes. We will have an all ages group ride leaving from the booth at 11:30am to do the 5 mile loop, led by the wonderful Martha Lemen. Cyclovia is March 18th from 10am to 3pm. The 5 mile loop starts downtown and loops around the south side of town. Check the map on the Cyclovia website for details. The SDMB booth will be near 4th Ave and 24th Street.See you on Sunday!

3-9-2012 Update

SDMB Offers Mini-Grant

The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists is pleased to offer a $1000 grant available to Pima County residents and organizations with the intent of bettering the local biking community. If you are interested, please head on over to our Advocacy page and view/download the requirements. All submissions due by June 30, 2012. All applications received will be reviewed by committee and the winner notified by the end of the following month.

Build Trails + Ride Your Bike = FREE STUFF!

Fantasy Island The Shaft

Yep, you read that right. And it’s no joke. SDMB wants to thank hard working folks who give back to the trails and offer their time to the mountain biking community. Here’s how it works… You attend certain SDMB events and you earn entries into a raffle that will be held at the end of the year, at the SDMB Holiday Party. The more events you attend, the more entries you earn. It’s that simple! What can you win? Well, we’re not going to spoil the surprise, but lets just say that it makes the membership raffle prizes look like chump change. What certain SDMB events do you need to attend to earn yourself entries to the raffle?

  1. You will earn 3 entries for each SDMB TLC (Trail Love Crew) workday.
  2. You will earn 1 entry for each SDMB Last Saturday Ride.
  3. You will earn 1 EXTRA entry if you LEAD a group on a Last Saturday Ride.
  4. There may be other SDMB Special Events throughout the year that can earn you additional entries. These Special Events will be posted and highlighted as such, as well as noted how many additional entries these events could earn you.

Some additional notes about the raffle: To win, you MUST be a current member of SDMB as of the time of the drawing, Board Members and Officers of SDMB are NOT eligible to win, Winners do NOT need to be present to win.

Hope to see more people out at these events. They are always fun, even if they do involve a bit of work here and there. The best way to make an impact is to be involved!

3-2-2012 Update – SDMB/IMBA Trailwork Day

50-Year Trailwork on Saturday, March 24th

Trail Love Corps - TLC

Woohoo we have IMBA coming to town to help us out on a trail event. The plan is to meet at Coronado K-8 School 3401 W. Wilds Road Tucson, AZ 85739 Room 211 at 9am for some class room sessions. After the class work is all done then the fun begins at the 50yr. trail system. We will be working up near the Chutes in an area that has become damaged by riders riding threw when the trail is muddy. This has left this clay section extremely wide with tire ruts and all that mess.

1-27-2012 Update – SDMB Starts Some New Saturday Rides for Ladies and Beginners!

SDMB is proud to present two new monthly rides. The Third Saturday Ride is geared toward ladies looking to ride in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere. The ride actually is co-ed occasionally but is never high-pressure and is no-one-left-behind. The other new event is our First Saturday Beginners Ride, which (obviously) takes place on the First Saturday of every month. This ride is specifically for those new to mountain biking and/or mountain biking in Tucson. So come on out and enjoy these great rides!

1-17-2012 Update – Two Great Bike Movies!

Chasing Legends – Loft Cinema – Thursday, Jan 19th, 2012 – 6pm

There is no greater sporting event in all of cycling than the Tour de France. Chasing Legends touches on the rich history, passion and true grit of the The Tour as seen through the eyes of Team HTC Columbia along with commentary from Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Eddy Merckx, Lance Armstrong and some of the sports most prolific heros. With a stunning array of HD cameras, poignant and touching interviews, “Chasing Legends” will take viewers deeper into the pro peloton than ever on a roller coaster ride of action, story and emotion.

Bicycle Dreams & Re-CYCLE – Fox Theatre – Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2012 – 5:30pm

Do you have some bike parts, clothing, bikes, bike relate anything you no longer have a need for? Lets Re-CYCLE it. Your trash may be someone’s treasure and vice versa. Bring something- take something. This event is part of the Bicycle Dreams movie at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are 8 in advance at Ordinary Bikes, Fairwheel, Sabino Cycles and Fitworks. $10 at the door. For Bicycle Dreams, filmmaker Stephen Auerbach and his crew worked around the clock to capture the highs and lows of the Race Across America. With 18 cameras in the field, the team found innovative ways to document this massive event. To uncover the inner workings of the race, embedded camera operators traveled inside the riders’ crew vehicles, gaining unprecedented access to the cyclists and their teams. Their footage captured emotional and physical breakdowns, late-night strategy sessions, and great moments of personal triumph, all in intimate detail. Auerbach then took on the enormous task of editing hundreds of hours of material into a powerful, inspiring look inside the most difficult race on Earth.

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