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Name: The Upper Boulders Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: Bike Difficulty: (Difficult). This trail has a LOT of hike-a-bike as you go up the mountain. I think some very experienced riders can ride some of this, but it is very difficult
Time: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours Region: SE Arizona
Length: 1.65 miles (through trail) Elevation gain/loss/change: +337 / -306 ft / +31 ft (one way)
Type: Through trail Avg Elevation: 3400 ft
Best time to go: fall, winter, spring Fees: May require a State Trust Land permit (see update on permit page).
Fitness rating: High Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Medium Scenic Beauty: High
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: April, 2006
Short Description: A short, difficult ride in the boulders of NW Tucson
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area. Golder Map. Cottonwoods Sentinels.
References / Contact Information: SDMB
Points of interest: The challenge of the boulders. Nice scenery
Special Considerations: Very technical, but as long as you don’t mind some hike-a-bike, doable. May require a State Trust Land permit (see update on permit page).
How to get there: Take Oracle Rd. north out of Tucson until you reach Golder Ranch Rd. (just before you get into Catalina). Take a right on Golder. Keep driving on Golder for about 2 miles (through a four way stop sign, the bridge and up the hill) until the road turns to dirt. Directly on your right is a large dirt parking area. Park here (waypoint 001). See the Chutes Trail for information on the trail to the Upper Boulders trailhead.

Trail Description

The Upper Boulders is a spur trail off the Chutes which might satisfy even the most advanced rider. It’s a short, but technically challenging trail and is similar to The Boulders trail. It's shorter than The Boulders, but is a bit more challenging.

General Information and History

The Boulders and Upper Boulders trails are short, difficult spur trails off the Chutes trail. These can be done as side trips for experienced riders. There will be lots of hike-a-bike for those who aren't advanced riders.

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The Trail

Take the Chutes trail to waypoint 005. Here, you can take the single track to the top of the Chutes (waypoint CH). Start down the Chutes, but this time don’t complete the Chutes. After the first short downhill, then uphill, there is a trail off to the right (waypoint UB1). Take the right and now you’re on the Upper Boulders.

I haven’t taken this trail for a while and didn’t mark specific waypoints when I tracked it with my GPS. I have just placed a few waypoints along the way to keep you on track. You will start up a long climb, through a bunch of large boulders and steps, most of which I will hike my bike until you reach waypoint UB6. Then you start a steep downhill section to where you link up with the Boulders trail at waypoint INT2 down in a small wash.

You can take a left and go up the Boulders trail or take a right and ride back to the top of the Chutes. Either way, it’s a great time!

Have fun and be safe!

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