31 miles
Distance
6,154 ft
Climb
-12,462 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This is a very hard route and a GPS is highly recommended. There are a few off shoot trails that could lead you to lost places in the woods and some trails are not well marked.

This is it, the real deal, the full Lemmon Drop. Its a 35mile punch in the face that will leave you smiling. It will require all the skills you have acquired on and off the bike to complete. Its one of the chunkiest hardest rides in the United States and your only relief from the chunk is a small climb up a linking jeep road at 7000ft after that its back on again. This trail starts at the very top of Mt Lemmon and finishes at the very bottom its roughly 10000ft of descending. You will ride thru multiple climate zones so choose the time of year you do it wisely. Temps in the summer at the bottom are 100+ degrees and the top is closed for a portion of winter. I would say Oct/Nov & March/April are ideal. Usually we do a supply drop somewhere around the Bug Spring/Prison Camp area. Generally a group ride takes 8+hrs but fast guys can wrap a run up in 4.5hrs.

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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Lemmon Drop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -6,308 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,786 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,094 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,786 ft
  • Grade max
    -75.415%
  • Grade min
    69.159%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 4 (3 votes)

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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Bug Springs
      Apr 20, 2019 @ 1:32pm
      Apr 20, 2019
      Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around
      Aspen Draw
      Apr 20, 2019 @ 7:04am
      Apr 20, 2019
      Some snow to walk through
      Incinerator Ridge
      Apr 15, 2019 @ 10:59am
      Apr 15, 2019
      Prison Camp/AZT
      Apr 11, 2019 @ 4:33pm
      Apr 11, 2019
      AZT (Bellota)
      Mar 30, 2019 @ 8:10am
      Mar 30, 2019
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