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Mt. Lemmon - Tucson

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 3.6 %

Length: 51.81 km

Altitude start: 783 m

Altitude top: 2784 m

Ascent: 1756 m

Maximum: 14.9 %

Mt. Lemmon rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 580 (all)
Ranking United States: 50 (all)
Difficulty score: 136.36 what?

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Mt. Lemmon is one of the nicest climbs in the SW U.S. A long, steady climb with near perfect pavement and little traffic.

The Mt. Lemmon is situated in Arizona. This climb belongs to the Catalinas. Starting from Tucson, the Mt. Lemmon ascent is 51.81 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1756 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 3.6 %. The maximum slope is 14.9 %.

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Story by Carl from St Peter Port, United Kingdom, submitted on 03/01/2014
This is a good solid climb to test your fitness by stopping at any point of the climb. You can start right out of Tucson for several flat (but often windy) miles before the climbing starts. The climb never seems very steep, but it goes on for some very long stretches with little relief. It can be very warm on the lower parts as there is not much shade. There is a descent near the top, then more climbing up to the ski area. The road up to the ski area is the steepest part. You can continue past the ski area for one or two additional miles of climbing, but the road surface is not good. Take plenty to drink with you, as you have to make it to the ski area to get anything to drink.
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Story by Kyle Akin from Tucson, United States, submitted on 12/04/2013
They are going to be holding a mass start Grand Fondo in April where the road will be closed to cars. Check it out! mtlemmongranfondo dot com
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Story by David from , United States, submitted on 04/03/2010
Great climb. A few suggestions. When you get to Summerhave at about mile be looking for the turn to the ski resort on the right for another miles climb, it is steeper. I suggest a compact crank unless you KNOW you can do it on a standard. Also, eat more than you think you need to and know in advance what is easy for you to eat on a ride and what your stomach will tolerate. Also, do Gates Pass if you have time. Steeper, one of the hardest things I have ever done.
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Story by mike mcgary from tucson, United States, submitted on 08/06/2009
One of the best climbs in the west for sure. Pavement is great and it is very steady and long. Super scenic too. The curves are sweeping and you can descend it w/o using your brakes for the most part. Change in topography is awesome, from desert at the base to pines and aspens at the top as well as a small ski resort! Lots of riders on it on any given day. On nice Sundays, expect a couple hundred on the mountain.
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Story by Evan Goodman from Michigan, United States, submitted on 17/06/2008
Went to Tucson with the specific intention of climbing the entire route to Mt. Lemmon. After getting sick during a drive up two days before the original ride, I postponed it to the end of my trip so I could recover. I had been training at a gym 6 days a week for a month and a half before that, dropping as much weight as I could. Unfortunately, I went about 5 days without biking when I finally did it, on account of being sick. I made it about 2/5 of the way up, 10 miles. I found it to be a very difficult climb: the mountain literally kicked my ass. The beauty of it was I could ride until i was unable to even stand, and the descent involved no pedaling, whatsoever. Then again, being from Michigan and this being my first serious climb, Id say I did an excellent job. BEAUTIFUL mountain, I must say. The change in landscape, temperature and vegetation was amazing to witness. Many locals climb this daily, and all were willing to help out fellow bikers with any sudden repairs or troubles. Id climb this mountain again in a heartbeat!
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Story by Tarek Dahab from Montreal, Canada, submitted on 21/03/2008
Mt. Lemmon is not a difficult climb, but it is a long one that will take you over 9000ft. The pavement is perfect and the scenery is amazing. The vegetation will dramatically change and so will the temperature nearing the top. You will meet many local cyclists that want to beat the heat. The restaurant at the top is also a must.
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