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18.8 mile 30.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,928' 588 m
Descent: -6,457' -1,968 m
High: 7,332' 2,235 m
Low: 2,803' 854 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


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A long, mostly downhill tour of Mt. Lemmon.

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See Full Lemmon Drop for a longer version of this ride.

This ride is basically a long link up of all the fantastic singletrack Mt. Lemmon has to offer. Almost all downhill, each trail is a mix of both fast and technical riding with the occasional steep uphill hike-a-bike thrown in. The full ride links up Green Mountain, Bug Springs, Molino Basin and La Milagrosa.

Faster riders can probably make the ride in 3-4 hours while many should plan on a full day of riding.

Need to Know

The mobile app, GPS or guide needed is needed. Most trail are not marked or poorly marked. A shuttle is definitely recommended unless you want to ride up 15 or so miles of road to start the day or after the ride.


Green Mountain is a fun trail along the back side of the mountain it runs around. The trail runs through nice wooded areas and opens up to sparse vegetation towards the end, finishing along a well traveled hiking path into a public picnic area.

Bug Springs is a very fun, challenging downhill romp with fast flowing lines and technical rocky switchbacks. Be prepared for a bit of a hike up the first hill and a shorter walk up after some early fun.

Molino Basin is the shortest of the trails along this ride (unless you include Aspen Draw at the top of the mountain), but should still be taken seriously. The route runs down along and into a valley several hundred feet below over 2.5 miles and is almost completely downhill. Fast rocky sections are mixed with slow, tight switchbacks to force you to check your speed.

La Milagrosa is the long and grueling, but very worthwhile finish to the ride. It begins with a long, steep uphill battle, but then rewards those who make it with phenomenal fast, flowy, rocky goodness on the other side. The trail ends in Milagrosa Canyon by looping down south to west, but can be linked with the Arizona Trail as well by instead heading east towards Redington Pass.


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Mar 29, 2019
Christopher Bare
Rugged, rough ride with ample amounts of hike a bike. 17mi — 4h 00m
Jan 15, 2019
Louis Dionne
Apr 27, 2018
Matthew Machu
Mar 18, 2018
Kevin Wright
Mar 18, 2018
Reid Strickler
Started 4 miles down from the top because we couldn’t find the trailhead in the snow. 16.7mi
Dec 31, 2017
Erik Goens
Amazing trail. 13mi
Dec 23, 2017
Amy White
Lots of hiking. Would skip green MT next time and ride bug springs down. 18.8mi
Dec 5, 2017
JayJay Kuo
too hard!

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I rode Bug Springs, Molino Basin, Milagrosa. I was concerned about running out of time, but it only took 3-1/2 hours. I wished it was longer! Starting off Bug Springs with the HAB was frustrating, but it was well worth it. You can stash food-water at the start of Milagrosa where it crosses the road at Molino Basin if you're concerned. I didn't find Milagrosa to be super technical. There were hundreds of small drops, and a few dozen big ones, and two or three really steep sections, but nothing extreme. I hiked some sections because I was alone and didn't want a back-country epic, but 9/10 sections I hiked would have been doable once I previewed them. Amazing ride! I certainly would not give it double-black. I guess single-black to be safe, although 90% was intermediate. Feb 14, 2014
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Agree with Skellie on Milagrosa, overall not too bad of a trail, a couple very short lived "double-black" sections but the trail as a whole is intermediate- advanced. Holy smokes Bug Springs trail is awesome, definitely a highlight of the ride. The HAB at first was a bummer but the trail as a whole is a masterpiece, highly recommend! Mar 16, 2016
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