Mt Lemmon (Epic)
George Simpson of the Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team rode this route for us. For George, it was a bit under 7 hours of ride time. For mere mortals (like Captain O), this is a big, big endeavor! But … the payoffs are huge: (a) the accomplishment of a monster climb (4400 feet in 13 miles), (b) one of the longest and most scenic paved descents in the West and (c) bragging rights with your riding friends.
This is a mixed route. The paved section from mile 40 to 56 gives your body a chance to recover from the rough and demanding Arizona gravel roads. There is also water available in San Manuel at the Salt & Pepper convenience store (about mile 47) on the north end of town. The last bit to the top of Mt Lemmon is a dogleg out and back, that is 3.5 miles with 1300 feet of gain.
We believe this to be a 5 Star Route based on our riding of Reddington Road and the Catalina highway and George’s feedback. However, we have not had a chance to check out all aspects of the route, thus the relegation to Training Route status. If you ride the route, we would appreciate your feedback below.
The route is suited for big tires. 40 mm is pretty much the minimum you want. 650b’s at 50 mm or 29’ers at 2.1″ would be even better!
Adventure / Gravel Route
Agua Caliente Hill South trailhead parking area. No toilet or water facilities.
Lat / Long: 32.274830, -110.711922
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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