|Name: Tortolita Preserve at Dove Mountain||Author's Rating:|
|Author: Matt Marine||Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet|
|Type: Hike||Difficulty: (Medium). The trail is fairly wide and easy and the medium rating is only due to its length|
|Time: 2 - 5 hours||Region: SE Arizona|
|Length: 9 miles (clockwise loop)||Elevation gain/loss/change: +483 / -483 ft / +0 ft (loop)|
|Type: Loop||Avg Elevation: 2500 ft|
|Best time to go: fall, winter, spring||Fees: NA|
|Fitness rating: Medium||Educational Merit: Low|
|Danger/fear rating:Low||Scenic Beauty: Low|
|Hours of Operation: NA||Last updated: November, 2010|
|Short Description: An easy trail NW of Tucson|
|Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area. Palo Verde Tunnel; Waldo's 3k|
|References / Contact Information: Town of Marana|
|Points of interest: Dove Mountain Resort. Easy trail that's close to town.|
|Special Considerations: May require a State Trust Land permit (see update on permit page).|
|How to get there: The trailhead (Waypoint 001) is about 100 yards beyond a gate at the end of Moore Rd and Wild Burro Rd. Open the gate (make sure you have your State Trust Land permit), drive about 100 yards and you’ll see the opening in the fence to the right (north) and the signs for the trail. Click here for directions. .|
This is an easy trail that’s close to Tucson. Located near the Dove Mountain resort on Tangerine, it’s within easy reach for a quick hike by those residing on the northwest side of town. The trail's nice due to its proximity to Tucson, but isn't too exciting.
This trail is part of the Tortolita Preserve and is managed by the Town of Marana Parks department. The trail’s about 9 miles long and skirts the western edges of the Dove Mountain resort and golf course.
Note: This trail was originally done as a mountain bike ride but is a great hiking trail. Many of the pictures and video are from my original ride.
From the parking area, head clockwise around the loop. It’s set up for bikers to do the trail counterclockwise while hikers go clockwise around the loop.
You’ll head down a gradual slope as you go west. The trail is well marked. It turns north at Waypoint 010. Now you'll start a gradual climb up toward Waypoint 009.
At Waypoint 009, the trail turns right and you'll be heading east. At Waypoint 008, you'll walk through a small saguaro forest. This is one of the nicest portions of the trail.
You'll do a little jog to the south, then head east again. At Waypoint 006, you’ll notice Vista Lake and the golf course to the north. Watch out for flying golf balls :-).
Keep heading east until you reach the highest portion of the trail at Waypoint 004. The trail turns south here and you will skirt the edges of the Dove Mountain community. The trail jogs west again at Waypoint 003, then south and back to the starting point at Waypoint 002.
Have fun and be safe!
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