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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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Ridelogs
    1
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: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Green Mountain
Dec 13, 2018 @ 11:10am
18 hours
trail in good condition. If you ride the road up, don't get to the trail from the first parking lot that says Green Mountain/Bug Springs Trailhead, go a little farther up the road.
Bug Springs
Dec 7, 2018 @ 10:12am
Dec 7, 2018
Rained the night before and rained the entire ride.
La Milagrosa
Dec 1, 2018 @ 2:17pm
Dec 1, 2018
Prison Camp/AZT
Oct 27, 2018 @ 10:18am
Oct 27, 2018
Loose from a lot of riding but still fun up and down. A few water crossings to give the dog a drink.
Bigelow
Oct 19, 2018 @ 6:12pm
Oct 19, 2018
One tree down blocking trail.
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