5 miles
862 ft
-1,897 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Bug Springs Trail

Bug Springs Details

  • Riding Area
    Mt. Lemmon
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Global Ranking
    #2899 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Forest Service

This is probably the most popular trail on Mt. Lemmon and one of the most popular in all if Tucson. Its a great start to Mt Lemmon riding for the fact that is one of the easier trails on the mountain. It is still difficult but its a good trail to see if you have graduated to the more techy stuff that Lemmon has to offer. It begins with a long 15 minute hike-a-bike followed by a techy water-bar descent. After the first descent you have an amazing rip thru the trees on to the second hike-a-bike of the day. The second HaB is much shorter than the first and right about the time you start wishing you had never brought a bike you are done with it and about to hit the payday. Now you have a quick rock techy section followed by an awesome slick rock area with stunning views. Don't forget to stop and look around. After that you have some of the best flowy ribbon singletrack on the mountain. It seems like its endless and you never want the fun to stop. You will finally come out back down at the highway were it crosses the road into Gordon Hirabayashi Campground from here most continue on down AZT/Prison Camp.

Access Info

The is mainly ran as a shuttle with most leaving a car at the Molino Basin Campground and shuttling up from there.

Upper Bug Springs trailhead is where you want to start your ride. The parking area for it is at roughly milepost 11 on Mt Lemmon highway and is on your right as you are headed up. The trail is very easy to find with a big sign that you can see right from the small parking lot.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bug Springs bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,034 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,813 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,270 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,848 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,813 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    896 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Dec 7, 2018
Avg: 4.5 (16 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to bug-springs trailhead (32.374251, -110.690392)
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Bug Springs Trail Reports

Dec 7, 2018 @ 10:12am
Dec 7, 2018
Rained the night before and rained the entire ride.
Dec 1, 2018 @ 2:17pm
Dec 1, 2018
Nov 12, 2018 @ 9:55am
Nov 12, 2018
Bottom half worth the time but way to much hike a bike
Jan 30, 2018 @ 10:21am
Jan 30, 2018
Nov 3, 2017 @ 9:07am
Nov 3, 2017
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Jul 11, 2018 @ 10:29pm
Jul 11, 2018
Bug Springs, Tucson
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May 2, 2018 @ 3:28pm
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May 2, 2018 @ 3:27pm
May 2, 2018
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May 2, 2018 @ 3:27pm
May 2, 2018
Bug Springs, Tucson

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Trail Events

4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag suvlako TORCA (Feb 26, 2016 at 8:45)
 For shuttles, guiding, or rental bikes contact Home Grown Mountain Biking Tours in Tucson at 520.237.0129
  • + 0
flag Kw449 (May 12, 2017 at 18:24)
 Why is it rated so high if its an easier trail?
  • + 0
flag happyboyc (Dec 8, 2017 at 17:37)
 I got a few looks as I was riding/hiking up "Bug", later a local shop told me only 2 or 3 people a year ride up. I was also told if your not shuttling just ride the road up, about .5 - .75 of an hour... good to know!
The most popular and arguably the best trail on the mountain, by dumb luck I chose it as my first ride on Lemmon Smile
  • + 2
flag whoisadam (Nov 29, 2018 at 14:28)
 My favorite trail to play on off Mt Lemmon. Compared to the other trails Apsen Draw, Incinerator Ridge, Green Mtn, La Milagrosa this is one of the easier trails off Mt Lemmon not to say its easy by any means. This trail had the most flow and consistent raw speed. Most likely this trail will be up there with one of your favorites off Mt Lemmon. The hike a bike at the beginning is steep uphill with large steps/railroad ties, its a bit of hiking at the beginning but worth it. Once you get to the rad view with the cool rock sculptures the trail will eventually open up more to allow for some fun lines and speed. Posted a video under the video tab of the trail to give ya an idea. This is done as an easy car shuttle Im not sure how many peeps bike up this. Have fun.

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