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Beautiful hike, rocky in spots.

It's a beautiful place to hike. Pretty easy even with the include, although rocky.

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

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day!

hiking
12 days ago

much more rocky than I expected, but the scenery was beautiful.

Challenging but worth the views!

I underestimated this one. Got to the parking lot around 3:45 and thought I could get it in before dark. Ended up hiking the last leg in complete darkness. Very fun!! Got to see the sunset at the top. No bighorns but a couple of peregrine falcons put on a show for me in the canyon. This hike definitely was a challenge. Not for beginners but so much fun of your up for a challenge

Awesome! Wear your best boots and bring bug spray! Enjoy!

Trip number 10 to the top and it’s as hard as the first time!!! Saw big horns again, 9 of them.. so calm and relaxing at the top!!

Very scenic hike - from the perspective of the mountains themselves, the breathtaking views from elevation, and the vegetation. Not difficult from a climbing perspective, but a long slog with virtually no shade (was like a long cool drink of water when a cloud passed over on the way back) - recommend doing in early morning or when temps are a little lower.

Good hike with outstanding views. A few steep vertical ascents - cable in place to assist, and not hard finding footholds. Sharp drop offs at some points - not hard to navigate, but requires attentiveness. Fun!

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

hiking
23 days ago

Went about 2 miles in, nice trail with scenic views. Nothing unusually spectacular though.

23 days ago

Great challenge.

A little more difficult than expected, about 6 switchbacks. Beautiful scenery! Take lots of water.

good exercise, try to hit in the am before it gets hot.

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.

I'm not an avid hiker, yet

make sure you bring you water. no shade. will definitely come back in the winter/spring when the falls are more than a dribble.

Nice introduction to trails in Tucson . Interesting hike with every kind of iconic cactus you could imagine.

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.

overall I'd give the challenge a 4-5 views and the adventure factor 8 was a fun trail. Check out the ostrich farm while down there.. who woulda thought that would be way out there.

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.

Made the trek at 6am, finished at 9am. No water moving in the pools, just standing water that looked gross, so that was a bit disappointing. Nice little hike though! Best time to do it in the summer is sunrise. The whole flat beginning was in the shade, mountain provided some shade on the trail once the sun came up, and the sun was behind us as we hit the flat land home. Lots of rattlesnakes. Be nice to do this when there’s water in the pools! Beautiful views however.

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!

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