Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Lemmon, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Tucson: Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 26 miles through Summerhaven to the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. The trailhead is at the end of the road. You'll have to walk the last couple of hundred yards in winter when the road into the picnic area is closed.
Beautiful trail, gorgeous day to hike with the pup!
Beautiful well-kept trail through the mountains.
Fun trail, as always bring water this is an Arizona trail after all. The first half is a rather gradual incline as you make your way along a forested trail the runs next to a small creek. Once you reach mile mark 1.2 you will swing south and walk along some gorgeous views of the Tucson area, much of it can barely be made out from this altitude but if you plan it right with some flash lights the city lights look great. In the last 3rd of the trail it starts making its way back to the parking area with lots of switch backs and loose sand/stone so be careful. All in all this is an amazing trail and I highly recommended it to anyone in the area.
Was a fun hike bring water.
Very fun and easy trail. Make sure to start off on lower trail to enjoy the creek.
Great hike for a day trip to Mt. Lemmon! I took my dog and she loved it too. Unfortunately, it was a little longer than advertised. It was about 5 miles for us, not 3.4 - I used the GPS via this app to map it as we went along. We started and ended at the Marshall Gulch Picnic area. Still awesome though! She loved walking through the shallow creek along Marshall Gulch.
Very beautiful hike.
A little more than my five year old daughter could handle. We went about half way and turned back. The hike was ok just took her a long time.
Beautiful!! I love it best when it's cloudy and just after it rains. Quiet, serene, worth the hike. Hiking shoes are most helpful in areas that maintain steady moisture as well as super dry conditions. A beautiful get away during the Tucson summers.
This loop trail is always a nice break from the Tucson heat. However, early arrival betters the chance of a parking spot.
Very special. We called this the "Fairy Trail" before finding out its name. Mica glitters on the ground and the views are fantastic, especially once you're up around the bend. Trail requires multiple stream crossings and is inaccessible during the winter months (believe me, we tried!)
So so beautiful. And the perfect length. What a good day trip. Also though it doesn't say dogs are allowed in the app all over the hike it said dogs are allowed on leashes.
Lovely trail, I really need to go back to it during the fall.
Have done the marshal gulch/Aspen loop a couple times and love it still. The water was flowing pretty well after yesterday's rain :)
Went up Marshall to the saddle, took wilderness of rocks down about 5 minutes to get some pics up on the boulders, then back to the saddle to take Aspen back to the parking lot. Nice loop!