Sat, Oct 22|
Mt Lemmon Ride
Ride to 9,159 feet in the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains. This promises to be a great ride! Members Only Event. If you are not a member, go to our CONTACT US. form.
Time & Location
Oct 22, 2022, 7:30 AM – Oct 23, 2022, 5:30 PM
, Mt Lemmon, Arizona 85619, USA
About the Event
We are looking forward to a great ride with lots of variety. Weather should be just about perfect.
Meeting up and Route Info
The plan is to gather at the gas station on Via de Ventura and Loop 101 at 7:30 and for the first group to hit the road at 8:00 a.m. We will go via Florence and make a gas/bio stop there. We must endure the drudge through Tucson and will make one last gas/bio break there but then we get to enjoy the scenic and twisty climb up Mt. Lemmon. In most places
the speed limit is only 35 and there is a double yellow line almost the entire route.
However, the twisty road and the scenic views make it such that there’s not much desire to ride faster. We plan
to stop at Windy Point overlook – about 12 miles from the top – for some picture opportunities
and one last bio break, as needed. It’s 167 miles total and we should be arriving at the Sawmill
Run restaurant at about 11:45. This restaurant is one where you order at the counter and take the
food to your table. It is usually quite busy on the weekends so I anticipate there will be a wait
and that all riders won’t get their food at the same time. No problem! Enjoy the view, relax, and
know that the ride is almost over. When you are finished eating, head back down the mountain
on your own.
Our route to the hotel – a short 46 miles – takes us right through the Davis-
Monthan “Boneyard.” If desired, make a stop at the Pima Air and Space Museum
(PASM)…always an amazing collection of aviation. (It’s on our route to the hotel, just pass the
Boneyard.) Or, just head straight to the hotel to relax, soak in the jacuzzi, and get ready for an
evening of fun, food, and BMMC camaraderie. Maybe a beverage or two, too!
The hotel is Four Points by Sheraton – which now is a part of the Marriott Bonvoy group. It has
a pool, jacuzzi, bar, and restaurant…all that we need! It’s on the entrance road to Tucson
Airport; 7060 S. Tucson Blvd. I have arranged a special rate of $135, plus tax, and so far have
reserved five King and five double Queen rooms. More can be arranged. The number to call to
make your reservation is 520-746-0271. (There may be an online booking link yet to come.)
Mention you’re with the Black Mountain Motorcycle Club.
Sunday Route Info
Sunday morning some riders may wish to simply boogie up I-10 and get home early. The return
ride was planned to visit Kitt Peak National Observatory but, sadly, due to the horrific fires
earlier in the year, Kitt Peak is still closed to the public and the road to the top of the mountain
remains shut down. Nevertheless, after breakfast we can enjoy the scenic ride down I-19 to
Amado and then west through Arivaca. If you’ve never enjoyed the Arivaca highway it is a
must-do: tons of well-marked curves and enough elevation changes to keep you alert. The road
connects to the Sasabe Highway up to Three Points on Highway 86. A gas/bio stop is planned
near there. Then north back to Phoenix via the drudgery of I-10 but exiting onto Hwy 87 past
Picacho to escape the freeway and returning to Phoenix via Coolidge. The total day’s mileage is