Mormon Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"Riding-wise, Mormon Mountain consists of a fairly tame, if long, middle-ring climb up to 8,500 feet, and a singletrack switchback that almost anyone can blast down with some speed. The upper reaches of the trail aren’t often maintained, so expect the occasional deadfall and loose rubble to keep things interesting. The descent is moderately technical singletrack, featuring some small drops and lots of loose stuff—depending on the time of year, either leaves or post-monsoon debris. The top of Mormon Mountain is totally shrouded in trees, so there’s not much of a view as you careen between trees along the top en route to the descent.
The further down the mountain you go, the shallower and more maintained the descent—expect more hikers as you go down. Near the bottom of the descent, you’ll have an opportunity to climb again out to a lookout by taking the Ledges Trail out of the campground. Although a little tiring after the climb, the trip out to the ledge to views of the lakebed is well worth your time."