Mount Lemmon Top to Bottom

Tucson, Arizona

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For outdoor enthusiasts, Mount Lemmon is the crown jewel of outdoor adventure in the Santa Catalina Mountains, just north of Tucson. The drive from the base of the mountain to the summit traverses seven of the world’s nine life zones—it’s like driving from Canada to Mexico in 20 minutes. The summit town of Summerhaven is cool in the summer and quite pleasant even into late fall. The Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, a couple miles up the road from Summerhaven, is a popular ski area during winters when there’s snow. “Top to Bottom” is an amalgam of several challenging trails that takes cyclists from the very top of Mount Lemmon down 3,000 feet to the canyons and ridges of the lower Santa Catalinas. Trail Surface: Mixed pavement, dirt road, doubletrack, and singletrack.
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by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)

For outdoor enthusiasts, Mount Lemmon is the crown jewel of outdoor adventure in the Santa Catalina Mountains, just north of Tucson. The drive from the base of the mountain to the summit traverses seven of the world’s nine life zones—it’s like driving from Canada to Mexico in 20 minutes. The summit town of Summerhaven is cool in the summer and quite pleasant even into late fall.

The Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, a couple miles up the road from Summerhaven, is a popular ski area during winters when there’s snow. “Top to Bottom” is an amalgam of several challenging trails that takes cyclists from the very top of Mount Lemmon down 3,000 feet to the canyons and ridges of the lower Santa Catalinas. Trail Surface: Mixed pavement, dirt road, doubletrack, and singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 17.5
Elevation Gain: 4,510 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Season: Year-round; snows in January - March make the trail impassable
Trailhead Elevation: 6,700 feet
Top Elevation: 9,100 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Lemmon, Mount Bigelow
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Lemmon Top to Bottom

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