31 miles
Distance
3,652 ft
Climb
-9,953 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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2 Reviews & Comments

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flag 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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flag 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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  • Difficulty rating
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More Stats for Lemmon Drop mountain bike route
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  • Altitude min
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  • Altitude start
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  • Altitude end
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  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    20 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 4.25 (4 votes)

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