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Old 07-13-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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dirt ride from Tucson to Arivaca

Here's a nice track that takes the dirt from Ajo Way (just west of Tucson) down to Arivaca, AZ. The route skirts the western edge of the Sieritas.

The return trip was via pavement on Sasabe Road.

Nice ride consisting of smooth ranch road, some rough ranch road, a short distance of deep, sandy wash, some rocky hill-climbs and descents.

Based on the RawHyde Adventure camp's rating system, it's a "3" in difficulty.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:25 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting. I am heading to Southern Arizona from NC in January. Any other recommended routes or sites in AZ or NM?
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:40 PM   #3
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Check out the Tucson Bulletin Board for info on stuff happening in Southern AZ.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...425691&page=52

There's tons of great riding here for sure and if you post a query over there, you'll get a nice long list and probably some inmates who'll come along!
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:04 PM   #4
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I did that ride in two stages.

Check back in this forum for posts by Flashman1. I posted tracks for the two rides. I'll download yours and see how it matches up.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:16 PM   #5
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Actually your route is different - the second route I did went from Arivaca to Sasabe.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:04 PM   #6
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Here's a nice track that takes the dirt from Ajo Way (just west of Tucson) down to Arivaca, AZ. The route skirts the western edge of the Sieritas.

The return trip was via pavement on Sasabe Road.

Nice ride consisting of smooth ranch road, some rough ranch road, a short distance of deep, sandy wash, some rocky hill-climbs and descents.

Based on the RawHyde Adventure camp's rating system, it's a "3" in difficulty.
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How do you view the .gpx file?

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Old 08-13-2009, 06:29 AM   #7
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You download it and open it in your Garmin mapping software or you load it onto you GPS and view it there. You can also see it mapped out at THIS LINK.
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:52 PM   #8
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I spent many summers when I was young at a ranch my family owned by Sasabe.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:00 PM   #9
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Here is a longer, more difficult variation that starts in the same place and ends about 10 miles west of the track in the first post (that would be 10 miles closer to Arivaca, on the same road as the earlier track).

This is a classic desert ride. Countless grade level wash crossings, some steep loose climbs (nothing crazy), small boulder fields, sandy wash bottoms, gates (only 2), pretty remote.

Not exactly noob-friendly, but if they are confident and have small bikes, it can be done in a long day. It can be done on a big bike, but it would be a workout. Not for the faint of heart....but a great ride for those who like it a little challenging. This route keeps throwing things at you right up to the end (last obstacle is less than 1/2 mile from the pavement).

These washes can flow hard...prepare to be turned back during or right after monsoon season.

Plenty of roads available to work around impromptu closures or wash outs.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:40 PM   #10
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Based on the Rawhyde rating system, how would you rate this alternate route?
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:46 AM   #11
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Based on the Rawhyde rating system, how would you rate this alternate route?
4, maybe flirting with 5, based on the worst sections of the trail, but the majority of the route would be more like a 3.


I am a little hesitant about that system though. There is no place in it for the really difficult stuff...things that you wouldn't want to take a big bike on. On the surface, it feels like it needs categories 6 - 9, covering the really nasty stuff. Jim's system feels like it is ignoring all of the "plated dirt bikes", catering only to the big adventure bikes. Considering his target market, this might be intentional.

Anywhoo....
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:24 PM   #12
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I agree that the Rawhyde rating is definitely aimed at the big bikes but at least it's a start.

When I read that scale I assume a GS1200 fully loaded and then figure any smaller factory dual-sport will find it one to two steps easier depending on the set-up while any dirtbike will scoff and snort as it wheelies on by.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:35 AM   #13
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ravenranger and goodtimes,

Do either of you have these rides in a .kmz file that can be put up on Google Earth?
I'd love to check out and try these rides.

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Here's a nice track that takes the dirt from Ajo Way (just west of Tucson) down to Arivaca, AZ. The route skirts the western edge of the Sieritas.

The return trip was via pavement on Sasabe Road.

Nice ride consisting of smooth ranch road, some rough ranch road, a short distance of deep, sandy wash, some rocky hill-climbs and descents.

Based on the RawHyde Adventure camp's rating system, it's a "3" in difficulty.
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Here is a longer, more difficult variation that starts in the same place and ends about 10 miles west of the track in the first post (that would be 10 miles closer to Arivaca, on the same road as the earlier track).

This is a classic desert ride. Countless grade level wash crossings, some steep loose climbs (nothing crazy), small boulder fields, sandy wash bottoms, gates (only 2), pretty remote.

Not exactly noob-friendly, but if they are confident and have small bikes, it can be done in a long day. It can be done on a big bike, but it would be a workout. Not for the faint of heart....but a great ride for those who like it a little challenging. This route keeps throwing things at you right up to the end (last obstacle is less than 1/2 mile from the pavement).

These washes can flow hard...prepare to be turned back during or right after monsoon season.

Plenty of roads available to work around impromptu closures or wash outs.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:34 AM   #14
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Here's a tutorial on how to transfer gpx files to Google Earth:
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And here's a free app to translate gpx to kmz:
www.gpsvisualizer.com

I just tried opening the gpx in Google Earth and it did fine. This is what I did:
1 - open Google Earth
2 - On the menu bar choose File then Open
3 - In the Finder Window I choose the gpx I want
4 - click Open and Google Earth zoomed right in
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:50 AM   #15
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I just looked at the two tracks laid out simultaneously and the Tucson to Arrivaca route is much farther distance-wise than the West Coast Tank route.

The second looks like a really good ride as well.
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