Saturday, October 28, 2006

Fantasy Island

Tucson, Arizona
It is what it is. Tucson's humble dirt playground. Some gulleys. Some banked turns. It's prettier than it looks. Sometimes when you're weaving between the fingers of a giant cholla, you forget that you're smack in the middle of Tucson's suburban wasteland.

How to get there: The main entrance is at the corner of Irvington Road and Harrison Road. Beware: windows are frequently smashed.

Trail Conditions: The monsoon season did this place no good. Lots of ruts and loose rock. Not nearly as smooth as it used to be, but it seems to be getting better.

Length: 11 miles, 1 hour

The Map: Check out the map posted at the trailhead. Another good map is located here. Or you can check out my my map from Motionbased below.

Map of Fantasy Island

The Ride: The trail is one-way and pretty self-explanatory. You ride the Cactus loop for about 3 miles. There, you'll see signs for the Bunny Loop, a long flat bunny-ear of a trail that I usually skip. Keep going another mile and take the turnoff for the Chirstmas tree. It's a fun 2 mile jaunt and has a great patch of red soil that feels like you're on Mars. It'll spit you back at the Cactus loop. There, you can take the Burro loop (3 miles) to Bo's loop (2 miles), eventually bringing you back to Cactus and the trailhead.

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