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What The Bike Bandit Says About Bug Springs Mountain Bike Trails
Jason, The Bike Bandit
TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – Bug Springs is among the most exciting trails Mt. Lemmon has to offer. It has been “adopted” officially by the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists. Regardless of the the kind of mountain biking you are up for, Bug Springs delivers and will make anyone happy. This is one of the favorites because of its fast and smooth plus a number of technical areas. Like all Mt. Lemmon trails, Bugs is excellent to ride when the summer heat is upon us. However, be careful during the winter since the upper levels of Bugs and any trail higher in elevation (Green Mountain, Aspen Draw, Sunset, 1918, etc) will likely be buried under the snow.
Be extra careful because the first mile or so is STEEP hike-a-bike over big water bars. According to rumors, only a few mysterious “super-bikers” have been able to go up this nasty climb. It’s not technical… it’s just steep. You should get plenty of workout trying to get to the top. Nonetheless, the downhill is well worth it. This trail winds through cool, wooded areas, over slickrock HooDoos, and down to Gordon Hirabayashi (Prison Camp) complete with excellent mountain views and Tucson underneath. Be careful about hikers, and take plenty of water. If you’re up for some real workout then you should start from the bottom all the way to the top.
You should also know that the train is prone to damage and erosion because of the weather and amount of traffic. Keep things under control and track your speed. You may be in total control but the trail wasn’t designed for too much speed, and skidding only erodes it further.
Directions to Mt Lemmon – Bug Springs
Moutain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona
Directions: Keep to Mt. Lemmon Highway to the Bug Springs parking area. By the parking lot’s side, the trail starts with a steep, steep hike-a-bike, but after that, it is one of Tucson’s best trails.
You can park at the Molino View parking lot just south of the Fee Station and take the shuttle up to Green Mountain. The Green Mountain, Bug Springs, and Prison Camp are an easy ride from there. The trail ends just a mile or so uphill from where your parked. There is also a shuttle service from Southwest Trekking fot those interested. The service requires at least six riders at $15/person.