ElevationAscent: 1,928' 588 m
Descent: -6,457' -1,968 m
High: 7,332' 2,235 m
Low: 2,803' 854 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A long, mostly downhill tour of Mt. Lemmon.”— Ryan Courreges 1
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.
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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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists
Land Manager: USFS - Coronado National Forest Office
Oct 7, 2019: Chiricahua road closure extended