Big Ruby

5 Star Route

This route is the combination of two 5 Star routes: Ruby (South) and Ruby (North). It is whiskey drinking, kick in the butt good!! (Actually excellent!). It showcases the Atascosa and Pajarito mountains, roams in and out of Warsaw Canyon and Colorado Gulch, and takes you to one of most historic ghost towns in Arizona, Ruby.

For the full route details and logistics read the Ruby (South) and Ruby (North) descriptions. The beginning of the route is Ruby (South) with the paved extension at the start. The loop portion of the route is from Ruby (North) but is ridden in the opposite direction, clockwise.

The route will work you. There is nothing flat about it. The route is suited for big tires. 40 mm is pretty much the minimum you want. 650b’s with a 50 mm tire or 29’ers with 2.1’s would be even better! Be warned, there is no water on the route unless you filter from a creek. And who knows if the creeks are flowing.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop: 50 miles / 6400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 88% gravel, 12% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1hour, 5 min south of Tucson, AZ
– Published: December 2019


Advanced. Due to some technical riding and the elevation gain over distance ratio.

The Start

Calabasas Group camping site just off Highway 289. Pit toilets. Seasonal.
Lat / Long: 31.387419, -111.051412


Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel, like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

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