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What The Bike Bandit Says About Green Mountain Bike Trails
Jason, The Bike Bandit
TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – Green Mountain could be a very technical but also fun ride that goes upt o the of Mt. Lemmon. While recent trail work on the region made it better rideable, riders are still advised to take precaution because the trail could still be somewhat technical. In fact, all riders must still be walk a few sections. However, if you do not have considerable technical chops then you’d have to walk more. There will be a number of tight switchbacks, many rocks, roots and a good number of bone-jarring waterbars that are more compatible with longer-travel bikes, even though it is surely possible for hardtails. Armor is definitely worth it.
The upper trailhead begins with the San Pedro Vista Point. Riders will see that the trail head steeply up by the southern end of the parking lot where the stone wall ends. You will need to push your bike. Following the short push, you will crest the ridge and will find the trail leading away.
Please note: You’ll reach a “Y” intersection that is not marked/signed early on in the ride, following a number of sharp switchbacks. Go to the right fork and proceed with your adventure.You should see excellent views, some hike-a-bike, and epic riding. Although Green Mountain also come with a number of serious technical areas, it is rated a 3C-3D predominantly for its technical bits that riders encounter with very few breaks in between.
Be careful of hikers who might be climbing the area from the campground at base. The trail disappears at the bottom creek as you enter the campground. When you exit the campground, you’ll find yourself back out on Catalina Highway. Except if you parked at the trail exit (or somewhere else), it may be a long ride returning to Catalina Highway to the trailhead.
One of the best things you can do is to place your vehicle at the Molino View parking lot just south of the Fee Station. You can ride the shuttle up to Green Mountain. From there, you can just ride easily to Green Mountain, Bug Springs, and Prison Camp, which ends just a mile or so uphill from where you parked your cars. There should be providers around like the Southwest Trekking which gives riders the option for shuttle service for those interested. The shuttle service requires least six riders, and the price usually ranges $15/person.
Directions to Mt Lemmon – Green Moutain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona
Directions: Take Mt. Lemmon Highway to the Vista Point Parking Area. Get on your bike, and start riding!