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dblack AZT - Passage 11a - Pusch Ridge Wilderness Bypass

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21.5 mile 34.7 kilometer point to point
78% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 6,795' 2,071 m
Descent: -3,877' -1,182 m
High: 8,273' 2,522 m
Low: 4,838' 1,475 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Chad Dailey

This section of the AZT is a beautiful challenge.

Chad Dailey

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Description

Starting from Gordon Hirabayashi campground, this passage starts by ascending Bug Springs. In this section, it begins fairly exposed and switchbacks up a couple hills before traversing the ridge where you can see the Mt. Lemmon Highway to your west. As you gain elevation, the trail eventually dips and flows through some wooded creek beds. Once you reach the high point of Bug Springs, you'll quickly descend to the upper Bug Springs lower Green Mountain Trail. Beware of the cyclists enjoying the screaming downhill.

Green Mountain heading north is primarily uphill with just a couple reprieves. It's a steady run, and the further up you get, the less maintained the trail is but it is still pretty easy to follow. Expect fallen trees particularly in winter and spring months. At this elevation during the winter, you may encounter white powder if there was recent precipitation.

After Green Mountain Trail, you'll ascend Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A which provides some excellent views including Rose Canyon Lake. This is another popular biking trail so it isn't recommended to use ear-buds especially on the tight switchbacks. Incinerator connects to Kellogg Trail #45 which is a little more mellow but still a climb to the top of the Bigelow radio towers. From there, you'll take the Butterfly Trail which is quite the down and up section, keep a watchful eye for your exit on the right to head north on the trail toward Crystal Spring Trail before joining the Old Mt Lemmon Road.

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