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Tortolita Pass

2 Reviews
Location Tucson, AZ
Rating Difficult,
Length 22.6mi
Time 4hrs

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A fun trail across the Tortolita Mountains with side roads to explore.

A fun trail that winds across the Tortolita Mountains. It can be driven in either direction, but locals usually start in Catalina where there are more side roads to explore on public State Trust Land, rather than private land. It’s a popular area for UTVs and ATVs. Also, there is a convenient staging area at the start.


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When dry, most of this trail is easy to moderate with the exception of a more difficult 2-mile section that is steep and rocky in places. When wet, this trail can be impassable. At the high point of the trail, we met up with a stock Nissan Xterra whose owner said he managed the trail just fine.






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Road Tripping Frank says

Road Tripping Frank this was a very interesting trail, the eastern side of the trail was easy, and then once you get into the western side of the trail it became more difficult (Pucker Moments) but i did enjoy it.

Dave says

Tried to do this trail on 05/18/2021 from west to east. Encountered a locked gate posted 'No Trespassing' and 'Keep Out' at the junction of Carpenter Ranch Road and Sunset Hills Road (waypoint 05).
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