31.0 miles
3,652 ft
-9,953 ft
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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2 Reviews & Comments

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twowheeledwanderer (Mar 18, 2020 at 9:39)
 This is a great ride, however it is not for everyone. If you enjoy rugged, raw, steep, rocky singletrack with some hike-a-bike sections, you'll dig it. If not, it's probably best to just stick to the Bug Springs/Prison Camp section. For more info on the Full Lemmon Drop read my post here twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/the-full-lemmon-drop-everything-you-need-to-know
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Brentj7 (Apr 30, 2020 at 1:07)
 I did not follow the previous comment and found myself hating the day. I hiked a lot of sections. I was straight up not having a good time. Read the previous comment and if that’s you hit it up. I myself have attempted and the Lemmon Dropped on me.

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More Stats for Lemmon Drop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -6,301 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,790 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,091 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,789 ft
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    9 miles
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    20 miles
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    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Green Mountain
Jan 14, 2022 @ 9:19am
Jan 14, 2022
TORCA has opened this trail
La Milagrosa
Jan 9, 2022 @ 9:06pm
Jan 9, 2022
Rideable, and the double black diamond rating is appropriate. Lots of high consequence (read: a shit ton of cactus) sections and steep, chunky descents. Some definite hike-a-bike, both on the uphills and downhills. Your arms, hands, & neck will be happy when this is over, especially if you’re linking it.
AZT - Bellota
Jan 9, 2022 @ 9:01pm
Jan 9, 2022
If you’re using this to connect to La Mingrosa, you’ll be hike-a-bike’ing nearly all the way to the top, which is pretty brutal. Descent should be black diamond as there’s many high-consequence sections and some steep runs. Snow melt has caused some a decent amount of mainly-rideable water crossings.
Bug Springs
Jan 9, 2022 @ 8:56pm
Jan 9, 2022
Downed tree at one of the creek crossings. Many water crossings due to snow melt, but 100% rideable.
Jan 9, 2022 @ 8:54pm
Jan 9, 2022
Completely covered in nearly un-rideable snow. Hike-a-bike almost the entire way due to snow/ice. Sketchy either way.
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