Bug Springs Trail

HARD 17 reviews

Bug Springs Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Lemmon, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles 1975 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

views

wild flowers

Forest, seasonal creek and snow, great city views This is a popular trail that was recently reopened. The trail starts in the rugged desert terrain of the Catalina Foothills, switchbacks up to rock forest spires and formations, drops into a secluded pine forest with multiple creek crossings, and then drops steeply down to Bear Canyon Picnic Area. The Picnic Area has restrooms and tables. For the return, it's back the way you came.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Cool with strong breezes and few insects at this time of year. Cacti are in bloom. Initial incline warmed me up quickly. Gorgeous views. Lots of fun to find out what views there'll be on the top of each hill.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail has a little bit of everything. Some steep uphill climbs, areas of moderate up and down hiking, desert areas, forest areas and streams. A very enjoyable hike.

hiking
8 months ago

I started from the trail head near Gordon Hirobayashi. The first mile was a series of uphill switchbacks that gets you warmed up quickly. Right at the start of the second mile was a great little stream running through a rocky area that my dog just went crazy for. The second and third mile were a mix of pleasant uphill and downhill sections that slowly change from desert terrain (rocks, manzanita, low shrubs) to pine forest. It was great today because there were large patches of snow in the higher altitude portions of the trail. Again, my dog was pretty pumped about that. I turned around at the 3 mile mark (GPS) and hiked back. The return trip was slightly faster as it was mostly downhill. Everyone raves about Phoneline Trail at Sabino Canyon for the views, especially for out-of-town folks, but I ran that trail yesterday and really enjoyed this trail much more.

hiking
1 year ago

It was ok a little warm

mountain biking
1 year ago

A prime mountain bike trail. Starts with a 15 minute hike-a-bike and descends into a pine/oak/madrone forest. This section has a stream right after storms. Then it's another stair climb and a ridge to the hoodoos where many take a break for the views. More ridge and a descent to Prison Camp. Beautiful, fun trail, tech. Most will ride on to Molino Basin and some continue on harder Milagrosa Trail.

hiking
1 year ago

Great little trail, a good mix of up and down! Really enjoyed how the trail ran through both the desert and the pines. Absolutely beautiful scenery starting out, especially since the monsoon gave plenty of rain and the Catalinas were covered in green!
The trail was not too hard on the feet, since it is also used as a mountain biking trail.
While the trail is not necessarily hard, it does get quite steep on the way back once you reach the finish.
Dogs allowed!!!

hiking
1 year ago

Gorgeous hike. Nice climb along colossal rock formations followed by a drop into Pines and a creek to cool off the feet.

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

Good trail, very steep in some sections but my mini poodle could handle it alright. There are some nice rock formations and vistas around halfway in that make for a good lunch/rest spot. Saw both hikers and bikers on the trail.

hiking
1 year ago

Went up on the fourth thinking we would be out for hours, we went about 3/4 the way and then turned around all in all it took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
I loved that you start in the desert and end in the forest. It is quite a challenging trail, really gets the heart rate pumping and legs burning.
I will definitely be back to finish the trail,

hiking
1 year ago

nice trail

good half day

half desert half forest

bit of a roller coaster steepest up when you do the turn and head down hill

careful it is much cooler up here than in town

hiking
2 years ago

Great hike today. Weather was chilly but sunny! A little snow and ice along the trail towards upper end... Great out and back day!

hiking
3 years ago

one of the best trails I have done .Starts out cactus and desert , ends up in trees and snow.

hiking
3 years ago

This was a very cool hike. We took two dogs with us, one a chihuahua, so the trail isn't as difficult as it's rated. We did encounter a few people on the trail, some hiking and some biking. There was still some snow at the higher elevations, but not nearly enough to require boots or any winter gear. Towards the end of the trail we started to wonder whether we were still on the correct trail, but at the high point there were markers other hikers had left and a row of dead wood blocking a fork in the trail so we knew we were headed the right direction. This was an awesome hike with some nice views, I'd recommend it for anyone that can walk.

mountain biking
4 years ago

One of the most fun mountain bike trails in Tucson. Best ridden by shuttling, but can also be ridden as an out and back or up the road. This trail is not for beginners as there are several technical sections and a significant amount of exposure.