Catalina Highway (Sky Island) + ADD NEW ROUTE
5 in Arizona Arizona29 (one way) Miles
By Craig Littlefield
on November 1, 2006
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Start your route at the start (west end) of Catalina Hwy (at the intersection of Catalina Hwy and Tanque Verde Road in the North East corner of Tucson Arizona ... just click on the online map link above to see it). Once you get on Catalina Hwy, just head northeast and it is 4 miles til the twisties start and the curves and scenery just keep on getting better and better! Your route ends when you get to the small town of Summerville, AZ.
29 miles each way going from 2800 feet elevation to almost 10,000 feet into the Santa Catalina Mountain Range. Views of canyons, valleys, lush forest, rocky outcrops, and breath taking vistas all the way. It's the only paved road that leads you to the top of Mt. Lemmon and is noted as being one of the most scenic roads in all of the South West. It dead ends at a dirt road so you get to do it twice, once each way.
Nice 25 to 50 MPH curves the whole way. Recently resurfaced. Little traffic and few officers of the law.
Some small restaurants in a small village, Summerhaven, at the top. Don't go for the food, go for the ride.
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