Cougar Canyon Maus Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The trail is great for mountain biking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This route is described by others on the web but it is difficult to locate. Plus, the unfriendly signage and numerous "Dead End" signs almost convince you to turn around. Don't do it! You find the trail by driving on Tangerine Road west to La Cholla. Take La Cholla north until to intersects with Moore Road (about 1 mile) and then head west (turn left) and go 1/4 mile to Como Drive. Follow Como north until the large collection of mail boxes appears and go left on Cougar Canyon Drive and follow it about 1 mile to the improved trailhead where I began. There is room for 3-4 vehicles here. You head up the stony dirt road that goes north, not the paved road that goes east. Once on the dirt road, the route is pretty evident. It climbs steeply, but eventually levels out near the one closed cattle gate. From the trailhead to the first windwill is about 2.4 miles. You can continue on to the low pass in the ridge ahead--this is now the Maus Trail. The single track is easy to identify and follow. Some rock sections before and after the little pass present a challenge. Heading east after the pass, the trail follows the main drainage until it bisects a rather deep side ravine. This is the dip. From there, though, the trail down is level and really pleasant. Edwin Road heads due east and intersects with Oracle Road in the little town of Catalina--about 6 miles to the pavement.
NO access to the park from Tortolita Estates-Cougar Canyon Rd...it's been gated, locked and shut down. Probably 20 or more Private Property-No Trespassing-No Park Access signs posted. It's Saguaro Ranch property, and looks like they mean business, installing massive iron gates to block anyone, and everyone.