2017 Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder • September 23, 2017
Benefiting the Arizona Trail Association
Kickoff and Raffle at Catalina Brewing Company:
The Peppersauce Roundup Adventure Festival is a collaboration of like-minded partners coming together to create a great family-friendly event that offers something for everyone hosted at Arizona Zipline Adventures. Nestled in the natural beauty of Oracle Arizona, this all-around exciting and adventure-packed weekend includes the Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder bike races, the Peppersauce Stampede Trail Runs along the Arizona Trail, ziplining above the beautiful San Pedro River Valley, camping, live music, delicious food, craft beer gardens, kids events, Bike and Gear Expo including adventure gear and local crafts and much more.
Mount Lemmon with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 meters) is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E.O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and foot in 1881. Also known as a sky island, the reference comes from the analogy of these mountains being like islands of forest in a sea of desert.
Oracle is the gateway to the road up the "back side" of Mount Lemmon, which starts off of American Avenue and currently offers a secondary route to the top. The name "Oracle" comes from early prospectors. Albert Weldon came to the area looking for gold and silver. He and some other companions named their first mine
The Oracle after the ship Weldon had traveled on. The community was later named after its first mine, and thus, indirectly, after a ship. Prior to the construction of the paved Catalina Highway on the “front side” of the range out of Tucson, the Oracle Control Road was the only road access to the mountain community of Summerhaven. At the beginning of the 20th century, mine owners on Oracle Ridge as well as area residents looking for an easier way to access the cool, high country of the Santa Catalina Mountains, petitioned the government to construct a road to the summit of the range. With local mine owners supporting the project, the road to the summit of the Santa Catalinas and the little village of Summerhaven was completed in 1920. This steep and winding mountain road was too narrow in places to allow cars to pass, which resulted in a rigidly enforced time schedule for motorists. The term "control road" derives from the fact that the direction of traffic was restricted to one-way only, either up or down at alternate times of day, to prevent motorists from having to pass one another on the narrow, steep road. This route ends at Mt Lemmon Fire Station near Catalina Highway, and is now referred to as the Mt Lemmon Control Road.
Along the route, located halfway up the mountain, is the abandoned Oracle Ridge Mine. During heavy operations, Forest Service Road 4450, known as the “Haul Road” was constructed to allow easier passage for large trucks to haul ore out of the mine.
This unique festival is hosted by/at Arizona Zipline Adventures in partnership with American Bunnyhop.