4.6 miles
526 ft
-1,584 ft
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Bug Springs Trail

Bug Springs Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #2371 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #19740 in Trail Running
    • #10466 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • 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 trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,059 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,841 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,285 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,900 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,839 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,606 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    974 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
  • view trail stats
on May 6, 2022
Very Dry
Avg: 4.6 (41 votes)

view (3,130)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Flow (Ridden Direction)
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
  • bi-directional trail
  • no data
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
Max Vehicle Width

Radar Time
x Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
Only show trails with NO bikes.
      Directions to bug-springs trailhead (32.374300, -110.690330)
      update trails status or condition

      Bug Springs Trail Reports

      May 6, 2022 @ 6:13pm
      May 6, 2022
      Mar 19, 2022 @ 7:08am
      Mar 19, 2022
      Running great!
      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 8, 2022 @ 10:30am
      Jan 8, 2022
      A tiny bit of ice on the hike a bike and 1 little patch of snow (like 4 ft) on the descent, but running good! Had 1 downed tree in a creek crossing.
      Nov 27, 2021 @ 9:15am
      Nov 27, 2021
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 433 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      • 3,075 rides


      more »
      38 |
      Feb 24, 2022 @ 4:34pm
      Feb 24, 2022
      71 |
      Nov 27, 2021 @ 8:50am
      Nov 27, 2021
      63 |
      Nov 27, 2021 @ 8:50am
      Nov 27, 2021
      59 |
      Nov 27, 2021 @ 8:50am
      Nov 27, 2021

      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

      more »
      Lemmon Drop31 miles
      Bug Springs to Milagrosa14 miles
      Mt Lemmon Drop - Short TEK19 miles
      Bug Spring Trail8 miles

      Trail Events

      17 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      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
      • - 3
      Kw449 (May 12, 2017 at 18:24)
       Why is it rated so high if its an easier trail?
      • + 1
      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
      • + 4
      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.
      • + 0
      robcocquyt (Jan 17, 2019 at 12:57)
       No snow. All clear except one fallen tree.
      • - 2
      gafoto (Feb 16, 2020 at 17:28)
       This is a hiking trail you can bike. The hike a bike sections blow and a lot of the DH is loose, but has some good flow. Not world class and only worth doing if you get a shuttle.
      • + 1
      andy-legrunge (Aug 26, 2020 at 20:43)
       Totally worth doing without a shuttle. It's less than an hour's spin up the highway. The hike a bike is a rite of passage, just grin and bear it. Expect to spend your first lap getting a feel for the features, then run it again. Nonstop rad. And those views. There's nothing quite like Bugs.
      • + 0
      magellan14 (Dec 29, 2020 at 17:14)
       Did this without a shuttle and it was a blast! The little hike-a-bike section in the beginning is a breeze too... took like 15 minutes and then you’re at the top of the downhill. From there, it’s all fun and games. Not terribly difficult but forsure fun and a great ride to get some adrenaline and warm up for a harder ride the next day.
      • + 0
      maxvachon (Dec 30, 2020 at 19:20)
       Do you park down low, bike up and drop down at the top of trail? I am trying to figure out the best way to do this trail w/o the option for shuttling.
      • + 3
      magellan14 (Dec 30, 2020 at 20:20)
       I did the opposite - parked at the top trailhead (there’s a small parking lot) and then ripped down. Once I arrived at the bottom, I just locked my suspension and pedaled up the road until I saw my car - took about 45 minutes and was really relaxing. Definitely recommend. If you start early, you could lap the downhill part twice. I considered it but the sun was going down and I was kinda spent.

      Anyone complaining about the small hike-a-bike section in the beginning is a total pussy. It was so easy and before I knew it, I was at the top.

      BTW, it gets a little chilly at elevation so bring a light layer just in case...
      • + 1
      andy-legrunge (Sep 7, 2021 at 8:12)
       I’ve done both ways (pedal road before/after the trail) and either is nice. Personally find that I ride downhill better if I’m warmed up from some pedaling. Also if you have the time and it’s not too hot, it’s way worth parking at the Molino campground entrance (free parking for AZT users), riding an extra 20 min of highway and adding Prison Camp to the end of the run.
      • + 0
      jphunter (Apr 1, 2021 at 20:30)
      • - 1
      sdochoa (Apr 30, 2021 at 15:10)
       Can I ride my ebike on these trails?
      • + 2
      bigworm520 TORCA (Apr 30, 2021 at 15:41)
       You cannot. None of the Forest Service trails in the Coronado allow for ebikes except ones designated also for dirt bikes. So no Mt Lemmon trails and only one trail at Redington Pass. Some State Land owned trails do allow but thats it in Tucson for the most part.
      • + 0
      Jcsankey (Sep 7, 2021 at 15:00)
       I dont know why everyone loses their mind over this trail... I did it right after a bunch of monsoon rains, (maybe that was our mistake) so it was washed out, extremely loose, rutted, overgrown, etc... dunno.. to me there is almost no flow except for a few short sections. the HAB at the beginning isnt terrible, but its not fun, and for me, the rest of the ride didnt make up for it. Just not my style of riding and definitely will not do this piece of crap again.... what a waste.
      • + 1
      foggnm (Feb 3, 2022 at 13:26)
       I can appreciate that perspective. There is a lot of grunt work for a short amount of payoff (two hike a bikes and a 4 mile uphill on the road if you're self-shuttling). I'd actually call this more of a trail ride with some DH features. It is a good workout though if you also are pedaling up to the start from the lower parking lot.
      • + 1
      Keeganpi3Q72 (Dec 1, 2021 at 12:53)
       This is a very doable peddle up the road. The hike a bikes are fine. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Full of desert rocky descending.


      more »
      youtuber Mountain Biking Bug Springs & Prison Camp...
      12:41 | 563 | Jan 16, 2020 , Tucson
      youtuber BUG SPRINGS TO PRISON CAMP at Mt. Lemmon
      8:17 | 695 | Sep 13, 2019 , Tucson
      youtuber FROM FOREST TO DESERT! | Riding Mt. Lemmon in...
      17:47 | 690 | Feb 22, 2019 , Tucson
      youtuber Our Trip Starts With A Crash! (Mt Lemmon Shuttle)
      14:26 | 220 | Apr 18, 2021 , Tucson
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.