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50 Year Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 318 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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Kenneth Poreda
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Hiking

nice

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Sarah Medley
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Hiking

Easy, beautiful walk

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Hillary Officer
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Hiking

Got there around 7am and there were a group of mountain bikers (about 40-50) going on a group ride. Sounds like it may be a common occurrence on Saturday mornings, so wanted to write a review just in case other hikers go around that time.

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Daniel Hannan
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Hiking

Nice trail with great views... really hot.

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Westen W
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Hiking

Super chill rolling stretch of trail down in the foothills. Plenty of nice views and great vegetation. The chutes at the far bend are cool and fun to run down. Can see why mountain bikers love this trail. Saw a rattler and four deer. Started early and enjoyed watching the sun rise as I hiked.

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Jeff Letterman
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HikingNo shade

Easy, flat trail and the trailhead is easy to find. Connects to other trails to make the hike longer if you wish.

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julie_journeys on instagram
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Hiking

Saw a cristate saguaro off the trail farrr off in the distance! A red tailed hawk was right beside the trail, and took off with a meal. Many little lizards, quails, cactus wren, thrashers, hummingbirds... Prickly pears & cholla in bloom. Trail can be a bit narrow at times (probably more frequented by mountain bikers). Length/elevation make for a relaxing hike - but having the app is necessary as it isn't very well marked (though easy enough to follow with the app). Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

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Dee Dee Roberts-Meech
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Hiking

Saw a rattle snake

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Ellie Toia
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Hiking

wasn’t really what I was expecting- very very flat but good for trail running! good view of the mountains but you’re not in them :/

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Robert Mulgrew
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The trail on a Sunday was highly trafficked with mountain bikes, so it’s necessary to pay attention while hiking. Took the 50 year trail counter clockwise and when you hit the “Chutes”, go right to follow the “Upper 50 Year trail” towards the boulders. The trail went from pretty boring to very interesting. No bikes after this point. We took this trail for a couple miles and then took the “Gem trail” back to the main trailhead. Definitely use your GPS. Trails are well groomed, but easy to take the wrong trail. With this route, total elevation gain was 660 feet and 7.95 miles. Took little over 3 hours with nice pace. No shade, so hat a must.

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Gabriela Garcia
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HikingNo shade

Nice easy hike with not a lot of people. Beautiful on a cloudy day

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Leigh Corazzini
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HikingNo shade

Many trail options in this area so keep the app/map handy if you want to stay on the trail. Fairly easy except in the chutes area, which is great for the few mountain bikers out today. Some of the slopes were literally chutes with fine rocks/sand. I don’t normally use hiking sticks but they could have been helpful. Took this route clockwise and plan to try counter clockwise next time

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Nichole Case
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Pierre Brunet
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HikingOver grown

Randonnée pour avoir une vue panoramique sur les montagnes des Catalinas

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ruben siqueiros
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HikingNo shade
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Ashlyn Brown
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HikingBugsNo shade

Love this trail! I go with my dog a lot of the time and have started to explore the area, there are so many different trails that go off this route.

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Tamra Hardin
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Horseback riding

Thick brush, valleys, open spaces. Great trail, but gets hot in the summer, so plan accordingly.

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Ron Pearson
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Hiking

Good trail for intermediate hiker.

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Lincoln Wolverrton
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Hiking

Evening primrose in bloom. Sprigs of lupine just coming up. Other flowers blooming, as well. Beautiful sunrise over the mountains, with nice light for photographs. Maps are not so good. Does the trail cross the Oro River? Is the Oro River access point on the trail? The start of the trail is obscure--first trail to the left--then at a junction of five roads and trails, no indication that one needs to stay to the left.

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Follin Smith
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Hiking

Started offsite at a public access point due to flooding between resort and desert. Didnt get to really pretty elevations

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Tamra Hardin
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Horseback riding

Beautiful desert country. Lots of wildlife curious about the ponies. Pretty dense and narrow in places. Some hairy spots where I felt more comfortable to dismount my mare and lead her.

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David Midyette
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Hiking

Awesome moderate to easy trail. Nice vistas and flora. Everyone seemed friendly and shared the trail well. The dogs loved it.

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Jeremy Upham
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Hiking

Hiked the loop on 11/19/17. Great little hike with amazing views. Not really strenuous but some rocky sections/slanted trail if you have glass ankles. Saw a lot of mountain bikers and a few horses during the hike. I will advise to bring the AllTrails app or a good GPS with you as the trail is not marked well at all. Verizon coverage is good here. Several side trails to get lost on. I used the map on this app a lot to see where I was. Had to ask directions to find the trailhead. Fun day hike, bring plenty of water. No place to refill out there.

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Patty Callahan
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Hiking

Omg, the trail markers on this trail are basically non-existent, which caused us to get totally off the trail. As we were walking through dried up river wash with NO idea where we were and realizing we were lost, my husband decided to walk towards the few houses that were remotely located. This meant crawling under a barbed wire fence and tresspassing on private property. I know, you are probably laughing right now. Anyway, once we walked through NON-TRAIL terrain towards electricity poles and lines in the distance, we found the road which got us back to the trailhead parking lot (we only knew we were on the right track after asking a resident who was driving on the road). We aren't idiots, so the fact that we got so lost makes me think that, unless you are familiar with this trail, you should SKIP IT. There were a lot of bikers on the trail when we first started out, but it's not like we could follow them to stay on course. We will make sure that our next hike has reviews which mention decent trail markings (which seem to be few and far between in the Tucson area) or, if we feel like we have NO idea how to stay on a trail, turn back.

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Geoffrey Campbell
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An amazing MTB trail. I recommend the Golder Ranch Advanced Loop and the Chutes.

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Robert Lewis
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Mountain biking

The 50 year Upper 50 Year Trail is a really solid intermediate mountain bike trail. You bike here and feel like you are RIGHT next to the Catalinas. This trail is famous for "The Chutes" ...a windy curvy chute like grinder that is fast and furious. It can be scary. I really recommend what they call the Oro Valley Sensational Three of ...Honeybee Canyon, 50 Year Trail and Old Pueblo 24 hour courses. Check out The Arizona Bicycle Association's site at BikeTucson.com. There is an outfit that delivers and picks up bikes to these trails at tucsonbikerentals.org.

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Abe Gold
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Mountain biking

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.

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Kelly Mackay
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Mountain biking

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.

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Alan Stewart
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Easy trail, love it at sunset with the light hitting the Pusch Ridge, makes for good photography.

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