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1 day ago

Beautiful transition from high desert to pines. When on the middle of the ridge you can see one ecosystem on the right and a different ecosystem (with vastly different flora) on the left!
Con: much of the “trail” is a well-used system of quite rocky roads. Not too inspiring. But the real trail more than makes up for it. Also you have to go quite a bit out of your way to leave a vehicle at the top. Unless, of course, you take the old/steep/rutted 25 mile back road (if it is open).
My Garmin showed the hike was 12.6 miles with 6500 feet of climbing. Know what you are getting into. Some areas we got a bit confused about the trail before realizing you sometimes have to go through gates in the fence. Even with this the trail is easy to follow but if obscured by snow may be difficult to find without a GPS.
Overall this is a classic and highly recommended!

This is a short hike but it is a good workout hike because it has lots of elevation gain. I recommend starting this hike before 6 AM in the summer because it heats up quickly at this elevation.

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1 month ago

Excellent trail! A fairly easy one to bring first-time backpackers on. I was surprised we had issues with coyotes in the area. They usually keep to themselves but there were three that were testing us the whole night, walking through our campsite and later in the early morning, we had one yelling outside our tent.

First-time Hiker in AZ!

Took Mt. Lemmon trail down to the Wilderness of Rocks trail. Neat terrain, hiking along a creek w small pools among the rocks. Was very much aware that there weren't a great deal of people, and critters love running water. Ended up being over 11 miles taking the Alpine trail back. Plenty of elevation gain.

Pretty green, 70degrees!

This was the toughest hike I’ve ever done. Totally worth the views at the top!

Definitely difficult! But loved the view from the top! Totally worth it!

Some good views but much of hike through open area burned 12-15 years ago.

The views at the top are AMAZING!!!! If you do only one hike on Mt. Lemmon do this one! I would definitely say this one is not for those who aren’t in shape or are scared of heights though as a lot of it is straight up—I would do this one again & again!! Love it!!

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day!

Absolutely beautiful. It rained the night before, wild flowers and birds everywhere. Wonderful hike!!

This is a fun trail to hike, easy with interesting variations with the vegetation. The Marshall Gulch side is very open with some trees and a little creek. The Aspen Trail is true to its name. Beautiful aspens everywhere, nicknamed it the Aspen Forest. There are some young trees growing on both trails, as Summerhaven had a fire some years back. Would still highly recommend these trails. There are connecting trails to these trails if you want to go further. Lots of people and parking is limited. If you park on forest land, make sure you pay the $5 fee as we saw a park ranger giving out tickets when we were there. The fee box is where the trailhead is located. Wonderful hike, picnic areas and Mt. Lemmon has many hiking opportunities.

hiking
2 months ago

Great fall/winter/spring hike for any experience level. One of the best views in the Catalinas.

I'm not an avid hiker, yet

This is an amazing hike because it takes you through so many different microclimates with different fauna throughout the hike. There are a ton of beautiful young ponderosa groves that are magical to walk through. Key your eyes out for baby horny roads of you go in late summer/ early fall!

It was beautiful, but not well marked on how to loop back around. At the point where the trails meet at the top, I ended up unintentionally taking the Aspen trail which took me all the way to the ski lift and sky center, not back to the Marshall Gulch picnic area where my car was parked. I ended up walking five miles along the road to get back to my car after having finished the hike. I noticed a tiny envelope on my windshield and would have given this a 1 star had it actually been a $80 ticket. I suppose they are no longer doing that and instead are giving folks a postmarked envelope to send in the check for $5, which I think is decent since the place to pay the $5 is nowhere clearly marked while driving in.

First time on this trail and will be back to do it again real soon. It was well paved and absolutely beautiful. Was able to bring my dog and he enjoyed getting out of the 110 degree heat!!! Breath taking views, pine trees, creeks, wildflowers, boulders, birch trees, 74 degrees, squirrels, the list goes on. Definitely one of my favorite hikes around the Tucson area.

Great trail - well marked at the top where trails intersect. I did it counterclockwise so Marshall Gulch first, which is very shaded due to heavy pine forestation. There were 3 creek crossings and water was flowing today when I was there. Temps from 76-80 degrees this afternoon w a little cloud cover so just perfect... Near the top you do see signs of the fire damage. Aspen trail has more exposure, with a mix of beautiful vegetation - ferns, pines, wildflowers and then finally some aspens once you are near Marshall Gulch trailhead. A trail I would love to do again - as another reviewer said, feels more like Colorado than AZ... excited to try other Mt. Lemmon trails now.

Make sure to stay hydrated... this trail ain’t for beginners !!!

Trail is great! You will see amazing views of the canyons and Tucson. It is very peaceful and quiet! Take lots of water and be ready for an amazing hike!

Great hike!! Creek had lots of water going!! So good to see evidence(poo) of big horns in the Sabino canyon area!

Beautiful, green and cool(ish)- a great escape from the desert heat

One of my favorite trails

MY GPS TOLD ME THIS HIKE WAS 11.6 MILES NOT 7.5 MILES. The elevation gain was also about 2600 feet.

Hiked down into the gulch and back up. It took a little over 5 hours. When parking at the summit, head north on the road past the gate, and immediately after the first comm tower, turn left onto the service road. When the first split comes, take a left for Lemmon Rock Trail south. Take that for the first 3.5 miles to where it splits and the train begins to go north-east, or south-west. Take the southwest route until it dead ends into Mount Lemmon Trail #5, and continue north.

Absolutely stunning. There are a few rocks you can climb around halfway through the hike and look out. Also goes through a creek and some different terrain throughout.

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