This is a great trail, but it's awfully crowded. We had beautiful fall colors the entire way. We hiked up Marshall Gulch, then turned left at Aspen Trail. There is a nice overlook a half mile along. We had an amazing rainbow while there. I'm not sure that happens every time though. :) Due to time restraints, we came back down Marshall Gulch.
Really enjoyed this hike. After driving through Summerhaven go to end of road. We got on the trail right behind the restrooms on the right side and took the loop counterclockwise. The first half of hike felt like I was in New England. Cool temperatures for September. The second half is SO beautiful as you go through hundreds of new pine trees and then the aspens. It was a little busy for the first 10 minutes, but then we were alone most of the hike. Easy-moderate. So much different than Sabino and Catalina but still lovely.
I would rate this as a moderate trail. We took our dog with us which was great! Beautiful hike! The trails are not marked very well. So we ended up taking the wrong one half way through the loop. We realized this about a half mile in and had to turn around. This was a pretty busy area. The trail was moderately busy, but the picnic area was very busy and parking was a bit tricky. I would definitely recommend this trail and would hike it again soon!
1st hike on this trail I Would rate it a moderate, certainly not easy in parts where it's rocky uneven terrain and numerous elevation changes, Beautiful scenery with lots of photo ops. First time hiking through heavy low fog and saw a bobcat. Nice day!
This is an amazing trail. Well marked for the most part. We made a smaller loop (about 3 mile round trip) by starting on Marshall Gulch and then taking the turnoff to Aspen trail on the way back. It was late afternoon when we started so by the time we reached the overlook it was sunset. Such a beautiful view with many large boulders and rocky outcroppings. Marshall gulch follows a small creek most of the way up which allows for lush plant growth and cool shade. It opens up as you gradually climb the mountain where you'll see stripped trees from a recent wildfire. Large boulders meet you at the top, the you wind downwards along aspen trail back to the parking lot. The trail back is equally as lush. Beautiful experience all around