Baby Jesus Mountain Bike Trail of Oro Valley
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What The Bike Bandit Says…
“This bike trail is saddled in the beautiful Oro Valley. It is rocky, craggy, jagged and the kind of trail I like to ride after a recent rain. This trail is rarely ridden and does not get a lot of TLC. A lot of the trail is overgrown and this is more of a hiking trail. That being said, this is a doable mountain bike trail. It is to the point there is just a lot of bike and hike. You must be an intermediate to advanced mountain biker to even think of going here. I actually prefer hiking this trail. You can log 20 plus miles and get over 1100 feet of elevation gain.”
Jason, The Bike Bandit
Baby Jesus Mountain Bike Trails “At a Glance”
- 3.9 miles
- 864′ ascent
- 3,879′ high
- 6 % Avg Grade (3°)
- -339’ Descent
- 3,182’ Low
- 20% Max Grade (11°)
- Nearest bike shop: Oro Valley Bicycles
- Nearest mountain bike rental dealer: Oro Valley Bicycle Rentals.
ORO Valley, Arizona – Mountain Biking – The Baby Jesus loop has a very sandy single track climb and the two rugged sections which cross the Sutherland Wash. Get ready for some bike and hike as the climb from the Baby Jesus Trailhead up to the Window Rock is steep. We really recommend a full suspension mountain bike for this ride.
If you venture on to this trail, the views are incredible and you will encounter some wildlife. This is a perseverance ride and you will need a lot of stamina. If you hike it, you are looking at 8.5 hours or so. The unique views of Baby Jesus Loop is worth it.
What Local Tucson Mountain Biker’s Have to Say….
Mick Kelleher, engineer for Raytheon
Volunteer for The Arizona Bicycle Association
Baby Jesus is a pretty technical trail that that horses and wildlife seem to navigate better than us groovers. Baby Jesus is mentally challenging as it is physical. I use my dropper post a lot out here. Boulders and loose rock is prevalent.
The lower portion of Baby Jesus is the more popular section as most riders don’t ride all the way to the end at the Sutherland Trail.
Special Considerations for Baby Jesus Mountain Bike Trails
This land does require a state trust permit. No one will bother you.
Directions to Baby Jesus Mountain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona
Directions to the Baby Jesus Trailhead: From Ina and Oracle go north until reaching the Golder Ranch Trailhead. Ride east on Golder Ranch Road after the parking lot cattle guard and you’ll come to a corral. Ride east on the jeep road leaving the corral for .5 miles, bearing right at the fork. Continue on the jeep road, crossing a cattle guard and continuing along, choosing the “better” jeep road as you approach the bottom of the hill. This area has many large cottonwood trees. Follow the jeep road south along the west side of the wash until just BEFORE it crosses a large (75 ft wide) intersecting wash. Turn east here (about 1.4 miles into the ride), cross the wash you’ve been following and look for a trail leading southeast up the bank away from the wash.Once on the trail, it is generally easy to follow but beware of the occasional cow path that branches off from the main trail. The path up out of the Flat Rock Meadow is especially tricky, as it turns briefly east before continuing south to the intersection with the Sutherland Trail. Don’t be fooled by the cow path leading initially west.
Doing an out and back on Baby Jesus Loop
If you elect to ride the trail as an out-and-back, simply retrace your steps after reaching the Sutherland Trail – or from the Flat Rock Meadow which makes a nice place to stop for a snack and rest. If you want to do the loop, follow the Sutherland Trail west and downhill until reaching the State Park gate at the Sutherland Wash crossing. Follow the signs from there to the 50 Year Trail. Turn north on the 50 Year Trail to return to the main trailhead parking area.
We deliver mountain bike rentals to Tucson Southern Arizona mountain bike trails!
Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours delivers and picks up mountain bikes at Baby Jesus. There is a two rider minimum delivery. Bike for 1 to 5 hours, finish riding and we pick up the bikes! No need to worry about loading mountain bikes in your rental car! Price is generally $100 per bike – depending on location of trailhead. Don’t know where to ride? Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours can tell you the rides that are beginner, intermediate to advanced. We deliver mountain bikes to Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley and the Southern, Arizona area. We rent top of the line full suspension and hard tailed mountain bikes. Click here for details!