Oracle Control Road Professional Review and Guide
"The Oracle Control Road provides alternative access to the paved Catalina Highway, which climbs up Mt. Lemmon from Tucson. The graded dirt road travels the north side of the mountain and gives access to other 4WD trails, campsites, and hiking trails. At the highest elevations of the trail, on Mt. Lemmon, travelers pass through oak and pine forests. The trail gradually descends, giving great views of Marble Peak and further down the San Pedro River Valley with the San Manuel Copper Mine visible in front of the Galiuro Mountains. The trail surface is rough enough that a highclearance vehicle is preferred as the trail follows a shelf road down toward Oracle. The shelf road is wide enough for a single vehicle with plenty of passing places.
Special Attractions: Gently sloping trail offers views of the San Pedro River Valley and Galiuro Mountains; Alternative access to the trails on the east side of the Santa Catalina Mountains. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."