5 miles
862 ft
-1,897 ft
Avg time
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Bug Springs Details

  • Riding area
    Mt. Lemmon
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Global Ranking
  • 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.

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More Stats for Bug Springs mountain 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
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on Oct 2, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 4.35 (9 votes)

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Bug Springs Trail Reports


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Oct 13, 2017 @ 8:52am
Oct 13, 2017
Bug Springs, My City
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Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:04am
Dec 29, 2016
Bug Springs, Squamish
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Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:04am
Dec 29, 2016
Bug Springs, Squamish
281 |
Dec 27, 2015 @ 7:52pm
Dec 27, 2015
Bug Springs, My City

Routes with this trail

Lemmon Drop
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2 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?

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highway ride down
50 | Mar 28, 2017 , Tucson
A day on the Lemmon
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0:35 | 200 | Sep 11, 2014 , Tucson

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