Tucson has a paved loop surrounding the city, open to pedestrians and nonmotorized bikes. The loop started out as a flood control measure but grew to be so much more. It follows the river wash on both sides so it can accommodate a lot of users. We rode downtown and hopped off it to ride up Sentinel Peak and then looped back on the opposite side for a slightly different view. Our ride was about 45 miles with 1200′ elevation gain and we really were clipping along at a fast pace.
Sentinel Peak is a city park outside downtown on a hill. It’s also known as “the A” for the big cement A on the side. Back in the early 1900’s there were different proposals about what to do with the land. The city wanted to build a water reservoir, a developer wanted to build a hotel accessible by tram… In 1917 a company filled a claim on it, closing off public access and tieing it up in years of litigation. In 1926 president Calvin Coolidge stepped in and granted a land patent to the City stating they had 5 years to make it into some sort of park or recreational purpose. The climb up is pleasant and reminded me of the Bend climb up Pilot Butte.
It was a nice convenient ride from where we are staying in Tucson. Maybe later we will take the loop the other way to see what we can get that way.