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Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb

McDonald District Park, 4100 North Harrison Road Tucson, AZ 85749 (between Catalina Highway and Snyder Rd); free parking.

Check In/Day of Registration time: 6:00 am to 7:30 am.

Recommended start times, based on your average climbing speed, and assuming you spend 15 minutes at each SAG stop:
6:00am for 4mph average
6:30am for 5mph average
7:00am for 7mph average
7:30am for 9mph average

SAG Times Schedule:
SAG 1: Molino Vista Lookout – 6:30-9:30 AM
SAG 2: Middle Bear Canyon – 7:00 to 11 AM
SAG 3: San Pedro Vista – 8:30 to 12 PM
SAG 4: Loma Linda – 9:30 to 1 PM
Official Turn-Around: Ski Valley Iron Door Cafe and Lifts

Course Overview:

Here is your Mt Lemmon Hill Climb Map & Cue Sheet or MLHC RidewithGPS, please print out as quantities will be limited at check-in.

The temperature on the way up to Mt Lemmon is 20 to 30 degrees colder then the Tucson area. Weather can also change quickly. Check weather day before the ride to know the conditions and bring appropriate clothing to keep your self warm. SAG volunteers will not take your clothing if you leave it at a SAG. You may not get your clothes back.

If you haven't ridden the Lemmon in a while (or ever), GABA can help make it easy. You can minimize the weight in your pockets because we provide four SAG stops, about six miles apart, with fluids, munchies, and healthy carbs. In honor of the pie shop that once operated in Summerhaven near the summit, the uppermost SAG will serve a variety of pies. You can also opt to buy yourself lunch at the restaurants in Summerhaven or Ski Valley at the top. In case something goes wrong, GABA provides vehicular sweep support to help with mechanical problems or provide a lift.

Pima County Department of Transportation has required the Greater Arizona Bicycle Association to implement a“staged release”, no more than 5 riders at a time, from McDonald Park parking lot for all riders in large groups to the base of Catalina Hwy.  Please be patient with our volunteers implementing this request from Pima County Department of Transportation.

Please read the 10 Steps for the Mt Lemmon Hill Climb. Put together by Pima County Bike & Pedestrian Program.

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