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7 days ago

Beautiful views of the city and surrounding area. Did solo- no issue of losing the trail or not knowing where to go. Did the out and back and would like to do the loop next time around. Started from King Canyon trailhead which states it’s 3.5 from the top. Was a little tired from seven falls a few days prior so it was a slog to the top. Very nice pace on the way down even checked out the picnic area! Trying the loop for sure next time and make sure to bring more snacks as a sandwich and granola for breakfast wasn’t enough. It was a super windy day so was glad to have a long sleeve and a snug hat!

Well worth it for the views and the wildlife. If you can, train first. Stair-climber at gym 3-4x per week helped me successfully summit this peak the first time. Elevation gain is tough and becomes gradually more noticeable especially after you pass the Josephine Saddle. The view from the peak is breathtaking, if you haven't already lost your breath on the way up.

Wear thick socks or your feet (especially toes) will bleed and blister on the way down. Bring plenty of water/powerade/etc and start early in the day. The descent is extremely rocky and hard on knees, ankles, toes, etc.,

10 out of 10, would recommend to any experienced hiker

this is such an awesome trial system . the first time going out here was quite a beautiful surprise. this trail pushed me a lot harder then I was expecting! a great experience

I did this trail on Saturday (10/20). The weather was perfect until the final mile to the summit. There was virtually no visibility, the wind was crazy, and it was rather cold. However, the climb was worth the accomplishment! Despite the weather, I stuck around at the top long enough to catch one little break in the clouds. About an hour into my decent, the summit was totally clear, so I was wishing I’d started a bit later. It was lightly trafficked, the leaves were changing, and it was the perfect hike to clear my head. I plan to go back and take another route to capture better views at the summit! It took me just under 5 hours round trip. Would definitely recommend :)

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.

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!!

West approach from Madera is perfect for summer hiking. Lots of shade on the trail was a bonus.

hiking
3 months ago

What an awesome trail, definitely a hard trail.. great views. Lots of birds to see!! Glad I got to finish it this time and no rain!! Lots of shaded areas during the trail!! A must do again and add some of the side trails along the trail!!

This is one of my favorites around Tucson. It's a bit over 10 miles round trip and worth every step. This trail is a good one in the heat as it benefits from being on a west face and mostly tree covered, just start early. It is consistently up, but never too steep with a great summit. Enjoy!

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.

Beautiful. Hard. Do it. You won’t regret it.
Know that it’s 13.2 miles, not 10.

hiking
5 months ago

ended up going almost 9 miles. very pretty, uphill battle at some points

my dog did great

will do again

hiking
5 months ago

Shortest hike ever, thanks to Mother Nature amazing rain,, started lighting and thundering so that’s why I turned around,, scary!! Will come back and finish this trail soon!!

Incredibly beautiful trail but All Trails messed up big time on this one. Just read Cati Piorkowski’s review from 2017. She explains perfectly. Basically, this is 12.6 miles and *difficult*, not 7.8 miles, nor moderate as stated here. That’s two major errors. Folks are planning trips around the info provided here. This hike takes the better part of the day to complete. We ran out of water and, ending with the western portion of the loop, the incline was so steep and so tough. The fact that it was a June afternoon didn’t help, but I’m young and athletic and my body was just beat after this hike. In the summer, start at dawn and carry at least two liters H2O.

Did this trail a yr ago and damn it’s a hard trail but so well worth it,, sad there was no water running like last yr!!

Great trail, but definitely longer than listed. Be sure to have extra water and sunscreen this time of year (June) as there are some long stretches without shade and some steep inclines. Views are stunning.

Enjoyed this trail!

First off, let me say the view from the summit is one of the best in Southern Arizona. This trail is shaded most of the way, so that definitely helps. There are a ton of switch backs and a lot of elevation gain so bring a TON of water. It was one of the more challenging hikes I’ve completed but definitely worth the 6 hours my three friends and I spent in Madera Canyon.

Fantastic hike, definitely would not call this a moderate hike. And it is closer to 11.6 miles if you come down super trail from Josephine Saddle.

This is a beautiful yet challenging hike. Bellows Spring (2/3 up was flowing in case you didn't bring enough water). Start early. I did it in 7.5 hours.

great trail. all day affair for me. 3l of water worked. shaded most of the way.

This trail was a gem. shaded most of the way. I would rate this as hard if you stick to the Baldy trail but it is nice to have the option of the super trail going back down. as always start early. I took 3l and did fine.

It was an all day affair to do the hike up and back, but very worth it. Some woodsy area trail at first, then rocky and winding. Elevation is at about 9,400 ft.+

Fun trail, beginning has plenty of shade in the forest. Went off-trail and hiked a peak (dunno the name), was so windy my hat nearly flew off. Running down, almost stepped on a big snake, perpendicular across the trail and perfectly camouflaged. I be rating 1/1 for snakesssss

Amazing views and great change of pace for the the desert. Key notes.

* Great trail for changeup. All sorts of terrain
* Constantly going up or down. Not real flat at any point.
* Cross dry Creek beds a few times. May and no rain in weeks so this may change.
* Really green and good amount of shade.
* Mostly moderate but with difficult spots. Especially when coming back down. Slippery rock

Awesome trail - well maintained and easy to follow. I started late around 9:40am on a cool May day with 68F at the trailhead when I parked. Took the Super trail up and made the summit in 3h17m, then went back down Old Baldy trail. 12.1 miles according to my GPS and definitely more than the trail description says.

The peak has views to die for, and in fact some people have done just that! Three boy scouts were lost to the elements in the 1950s, and their ghosts continue to haunt the area to this day. For this reason, backpackers and campers beware, as well as those staying past twilight. I'd rate this trail four of five Sour Patch Kids.

Third time to the top. Awesome trail, many birds and turkeys today.. felt weird to hike on a Tuesday but was so worth calling in sick to work today!! I feel awesome after this long hike!!

Hard! But a great hike. Beautiful scenery and a great sense of accomplishment

Definitely one of the best hikes on
Mt. Lemmon! The first part of the trail is a piece of cake, and walking through the pines was beautiful. Very shady and mostly flat. The turnoff to Sabino Creek is marked by a small Cairn, and a painted rock. From here the trail is still pretty easy, until you reach a primitive campsite and begin descending towards the springs. From here, the trail takes you down to a small stream bed which was dry when I was there. The trail is very spotty and sometimes non-existent past this point, but following the stream bed will get you to the springs. Look for Cairns along the way to guide you along. The trail definitely isn't maintained anymore, wear pants to keep from getting scratched up by thorns. Once you reach the creek, you can either continue upstream and enjoy the water, or go downstream about 1000 feet to see some really beautiful rock formations. There is even small cave downstream with a waterfall inside of it. It was really amazing and was a great spot to sit and cool down.

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