Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona

Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
Hard
2 hours
21 to 40 miles
2,198
Climb
Road

Gates Pass McCain Loop road bike ride in Tucson, Arizona is a favorite ride on the west side of Tucson!

Ride Description

This is a popular bike ride on the west side of Tucson, Arizona. You pass Old Tucson and the Desert Museum along the ride.

There are some great views at the top of Gates Pass. Stop and take a look to the east and to the west.

The ride has a little of everything: flats, rollers, and a short killer climb up the back side of Gates Pass.

To add mileage you can do McCain Loop several times or in reverse to add variety.

Potential Hazards

Be careful coming down the back (west) side of Gate Pass because it is a fast narrow descent with some very tight turns.

Rest Stops

At the top of Gates Pass there is a bathroom located at the scenic look out parking lot

Gates Pass Video

 

Bike Ride Map and Elevation Details

Total distance: 30.2 mi
Max elevation: 3173 ft
Min elevation: 2320 ft
Total climbing: 2198 ft
Total descent: -2201 ft
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  • Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
  • Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona

3 Responses to “Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona”

  1. Adam March 20, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    Where should I park to start this ride?

    • Tyler Ford March 20, 2016 at 2:38 am #

      Many people park at University and Euclid at the UofA entrance. Or you can park at the top of Gates Pass or Old Tucson for a shorter ride.

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3 Responses to “Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona”

  1. Adam March 20, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    Where should I park to start this ride?

    • Tyler Ford March 20, 2016 at 2:38 am #

      Many people park at University and Euclid at the UofA entrance. Or you can park at the top of Gates Pass or Old Tucson for a shorter ride.

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  1. Top 5 Must Do Road Bike Rides in Tucson, Arizona - September 20, 2017

    […] #4 road bike ride in Tucson, AZ is Gates Pass McCain Loop. This ride is on Tucson’s west […]

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