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

Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
Difficulty:
Hard
Average time:
2 hours
Ride Mileage:
21 to 40 miles
Climbing Elevation:
2,198
Type of ride:
Climb
Road/Mountain:
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: 3175 ft
Min elevation: 2321 ft
Total climbing: 2197 ft
Total descent: -2200 ft
Download file: Gates Pass - McCain Loop Bike Ride.gpx
  • Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
  • Gates Pass ~ McCain Loop Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona

5 Comments

  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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