Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona

Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
Hard
4.5 to 5.5 hours
41 to 60 miles
6,936 ft
Climb
Road

Mt Lemmon road bike ride in Tucson, Arizona is a favorite bike ride among the local cyclists!

Mt Lemmon Bike Ride Tucson, AZ

Mt Lemmon… Looking down from Wendy Point which is about halfway to the top.

 

Mt Lemmon Bike Ride Description

Cycling up the Mt Lemmon Hwy in Tucson, Arizona is an epic ride and will rival some of the best climbs across the country.

You start off at about 2,557 ft surrounded by saguaro cactus and mesquite trees and climb as high as 8,198 ft to pine tree vegetation and cool air.

mt lemmon bike ride tucson arizona

Mt Lemmon in Tucson, AZ is a climbers dream!

The road is in great shape with a bike lane for most of the ride. On the way down there is no need for a bike lane because you will be keeping up with traffic.

If you love to climb and descend this is the ride for you!

Lance Armstrong in his winter training months in preparation for Tour De France rented a cabin on the top of Mt Lemmon and would climb up the mountain to top of a long days ride. I know because I saw him on more than one occasion and even got the chance to talk to him.

To add 2.89 miles and 760 ft of climbing to the ride you can climb up to the Mt Lemmon Ski area. Just before Summerhaven toward the top of the ride turn right on Ski Run Rd.

If your feeling really ambitious keep on going past Mt Lemmon Ski area had to the very top which is called the towers.

Potential Hazards

No real hazards other than high speeds descending down the mountain. There can be fallen rocks in the road from rains that if you hit while descending down the mountain can make for a gnarly crash. Control your speeds, look ahead and beware of vehicles.

Start Location

You can start anywhere in Tucson. Most people park in the Safeway shopping center at the intersection of Tanque Verde Road and Catalina Highway.

Rest Stops

  • Water and bathrooms at mile 5.5 which is Malino Basin
  • Bathrooms at mile 12 which is Bear Canyon
  • Bathrooms at mile 18 which is Windy Point
  • Water and bathrooms at mile 24 which is Palisade Ranger Station
  • Restaurants and bathrooms at mile 29 which is  Summer Haven
  • Restaurants and bathrooms at Ski Valley which is about 1 mile up from Summer Haven

Food and Drink

  • Safeway shopping center located at Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway
  • Le Buzz Cafe a favorite among the locals located at Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway
  • Subway located at Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway
  • Sawmill Run Restaurant located at Summer Haven
  • Mt Lemmon Cookie Cabin located at Summer Haven
  • Iron Door located at Ski Valley

Bike Ride Map and Elevation Details

Total distance: 59 mi
Max elevation: 8159 ft
Min elevation: 2559 ft
Total climbing: 6936 ft
Total descent: -6932 ft
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Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride To The Very Top Radio Towers

Below is the map and elevation profile for those that want to conquer the very top of Mt Lemmon. It is an extra 1,387 ft of climbing from Summer Haven to the very top.

Total distance: 65.19 mi
Max elevation: 9134 ft
Min elevation: 2559 ft
Total climbing: 8323 ft
Total descent: -8320 ft
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  • Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
  • Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
  • Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
  • Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
  • Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
  • Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona

6 Responses to “Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona”

  1. Jared January 26, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi Tyler,

    Elyse and I are heading to Tuscon in March with our bikes and will be riding Mt. Lemmon. I picked up some Bontrager R4 320tpi tires to replace my winter commuters. Should I be concerned about the road conditions in March? I’ve considered bringing a spare tire along. What does an experienced Mt. Lemmoner recommend? Also, any tips for a low lander getting used to the higher elevations would be welcomed. Thanks!

    • admin January 27, 2017 at 4:33 am #

      Come March you will be fine. Just bring some layers for the decent down the mountain. Can still be a little chilly at the top of the mountain in March.

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6 Responses to “Mt Lemmon Road Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona”

  1. Jared January 26, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi Tyler,

    Elyse and I are heading to Tuscon in March with our bikes and will be riding Mt. Lemmon. I picked up some Bontrager R4 320tpi tires to replace my winter commuters. Should I be concerned about the road conditions in March? I’ve considered bringing a spare tire along. What does an experienced Mt. Lemmoner recommend? Also, any tips for a low lander getting used to the higher elevations would be welcomed. Thanks!

    • admin January 27, 2017 at 4:33 am #

      Come March you will be fine. Just bring some layers for the decent down the mountain. Can still be a little chilly at the top of the mountain in March.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Best Road Bike Rides in Tucson, Arizona. Check out the top 10 bike rides. - September 14, 2017

    […] Mt Lemmon – Up there with some of the best climbs in the US! […]

  2. Top 5 Must Do Road Bike Rides in Tucson, Arizona - September 20, 2017

    […] The #1 road bike ride in Tucson, AZ and a huge favorite among the local is climbing Mt Lemmon. […]

  3. Riding Up Mt Lemmon? Fuel Up At Le Buzz Caffe! - September 24, 2017

    […] cyclist that ride up Mt Lemmon park in the Safeway shopping located at the corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina […]

  4. Tucson Masters Swimming | Tucson Mecca for Triathletes - October 19, 2017

    […] Another huge reason triathletes love training in Tucson is the cycling. Tucson is a cycling mecca with tons of awesome riders to push triathletes to the next level when it comes to getting faster on the bike. The Shootout is a group bike ride on Saturday morning and it a favorite among the locals and triathletes who want a killer workout. Or for one of the best climbs in the country triathletes are found climbing Mt Lemmon. […]

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