50 Year Trail is a 6.1 mile loop trail located near Tucson, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
The areas premiere mountain biking network. Many more trails east higher in the hills adding tech and beauty to this network. Middle Gate, Upper Loop, Rattlesnake and many more trails. The Chutes is the areas most famous feature. Odd linear gullies and ridges carved by cows, motor cycles and bikes. May be 50 miles of trails here. Benn here many times, watch for cows and cactus.
The chutes are the best part of this trail. Quite sandy in some spots so when you hit those spots it unnecessarily wipes you out making it hard to enjoy the rest of the trail. When I went it was quite hot. I recommend going in the early mornings.
Easy trail, love it at sunset with the light hitting the Pusch Ridge, makes for good photography.
There are hidden gems on this trail. It's best to have someone with you who knows the trails first time out to make sure you get to experience the best parts.
It has it's ups and downs
A somewhat unique trail to Tucson in that the rocks tend to be large and round rather than small and sharp. There are several routes on this trail ranging from beginner to experienced and times ranging from a hour or so to however long you want to spend goofing off in the playground that is the upper 50 loop. Without a doubt, this is a must for visitors and locals alike. Take a guide your first time out.