Bug Springs Trail

HARD 33 reviews

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

8.7 miles 2208 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.

4 days ago

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21 days ago

We didn't see another soul on this trail. Not as scenic ad some of the other trails, but still worth the effort.

1 month ago

Only went about half way to the rock formations. Saw a number of MTN bikers so keep an ear out and and be ready to move to the side of the trail! The part I did was smooth terrain so it was easy on the knees and feet. I'll be back to finish it for sure!

1 month ago

It was difficult! But worth it.

backpacking
1 month ago

Man this was a super tough hike. I only went about two miles up. But great at building endurance if you're into backpacking!

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained. Phenomenal views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice weather nice trail great scenery

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Very pretty worth the walk

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great workout-hike. Eat whatever you want for dinner after this one; your going to burn a ton of calories! Nice scenery, but views of a small rock/gravel quary for the first couple miles or so. Nice rock formations for photos. Unfortunately the spring was completely dry.

5 months ago

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9 months ago

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11 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.