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4.25 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.25
7 Reviews

Catalina Highway (Sky Island)

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By Craig Littlefield (2 McR Points) on Nov 01, 2006

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October 6, 2010
I would give it a 10 if not for the Sheriff and…
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November 27, 2009
Rode it twice today on Thanksgiving, very little…
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Written Directions

Start your route at the start (west end) of Catalina Hwy (at the intersection of Catalina Hwy and Tanque Verde Road in the North East corner of Tucson Arizona ... just click on the online map link above to see it). Once you get on Catalina Hwy, just head northeast and it is 4 miles til the twisties start and the curves and scenery just keep on getting better and better! Your route ends when you get to the small town of Summerville, AZ.

Scenery

29 miles each way going from 2800 feet elevation to almost 10,000 feet into the Santa Catalina Mountain Range. Views of canyons, valleys, lush forest, rocky outcrops, and breath taking vistas all the way. It's the only paved road that leads you to the top of Mt. Lemmon and is noted as being one of the most scenic roads in all of the South West. It dead ends at a dirt road so you get to do it twice, once each way.

Drive Enjoyment

Nice 25 to 50 MPH curves the whole way. Recently resurfaced. Little traffic and few officers of the law.

Tourism Opportunities

Some small restaurants in a small village, Summerhaven, at the top. Don't go for the food, go for the ride.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Arizona Travel

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Catalina Highway (Sky Island)
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October 6, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
I would give it a 10 if not for the Sheriff and the traffic. On weekends, wait for the pipe to clear out if you want to have any fun. Easily a 70 mph road although posted at 35.
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November 27, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Rode it twice today on Thanksgiving, very little traffic. Most driver pulled out, the rest are pylons. Rode it again after dark. Had it to myself. Easily you can run it double the posted limit for a strong rider. Watch the surface change at the highest view point. No LEO until town. Worth the trip to AZ.
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February 15, 2008
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This is indeed a great road to spend the afternoon on. Great scenery and decent pavement. The only drawback is the commuter traffic. This is especially bad during the weekends as you get sight seeing groups, campers, residents of Summerhaven, and other motorcyclists. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND RIDING THIS ON A WEEKDAY BETWEEN 9:00 a.m. and 3:00. You will have the road to yourself and be able to continue at your own pace.
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