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A good loop trail. Boots required and a pole (or two) is handy. We followed the advice of returning hikers and began at the Marshall Gulch trailhead to the right of the bathrooms (marker reads "Marshall Gulch #3"). After a gradual shady ascent on a mica laden trail, you reach the trail intersection. Turn left onto the Aspen Trail. Big views of the basin and range emerge ahead, along with some steep down hill sections before returning to the picnic area parking lot. Parking is limited.

A little snow but mostly dry trails. I was hoping for more views but it was a great hike.

Great little loop. Not too long and not too short for a morning hike with the dogs. There was just a little bit of snow, a lot has melted which made the trail pretty muddy and slippery in some areas but overall the trail was great and easy to follow.

Really nice to get out of the desert and into the forest. The hike is definitely moderate and not difficult. I took my dog and she loved running in the spring. She was a little freaked out walking on ice in parts where the stream froze over. Amazing views over the city in a couple of different places. The trail was well marked and easy to navigate. The smell of the forest was refreshing.

2 months ago

I found that the first mile of this hike is difficult because it's all up hill. After the first mile there is still plenty of hills, but there is less incline. very beautiful hike but was more difficult than anticipated.

4 months ago

Nice but not a lot of great views. There was a great campsite less than a mile into the trail (north trailhead). A side-trail led up to Butterfly Peak. Otherwise, not too exciting. A lot of shade as it's a northern exposure. I only went 2 miles in then turned around.

This one is no joke. The first couple of miles is cake before the turnoff. The second portion of the trail is no longer maintained and it shows. It's a dangerous hike down to the spring. Very steep in parts, lots of fallen trees across the trail and it eventually disappears into boulders. There are plenty of markers along the way that people have left. The climb out, and it is certainly a climb in parts, is tough as well. Expect to get scratched up and down. If you're adventurous enough, it's worth it. The spring at the bottom is beautiful and you're almost certain to be the only one down there.

We love this hike. Beautiful fall colors right now. Feels like you are far away from the desert. Pretty easy. Great to being your dog and family along.

Some decent Fall colors and leaves with some water still in the creek. Pretty, and great Fall type weather compared to the desert floor in Tucson.

Well trafficked, but not crazy. Great way to get above some of the heat, but don't forget the sunblock. The pines don't offer nearly as much shade as we were expecting. Perfect difficulty for carrying a wee one!

Beautiful trail for a day away from the Tucson heat. Lots of butterflies and squirrels.

Absolutely beautiful hike. The plane crash was awesome and found a waterfall, not sure if this is normal or if it was because of the rain in the last two days but didn't see any mention of it in the description. Just remember when you are going down that you have to come back up - coming out was a killer.

Great trail! Good workout but not too hard. Perfect for a quick weekend trip. Beautiful views, lots of shade, pretty flowers and TONS of butterflies. Nice stream that runs through for water for the dogs. Parking lot was packed but the trail was quiet.

We cleared the logs and improved the tread on the Marshall gulch section.

Lots of fun, not too hard, my 10 yr old enjoyed it with me today!

Love doing this trail, today was even better as it was overcast most of the time,, lots of water running and chilly temps!!

Beautiful, quick pace going down but back up is serious cardio.

What a great hike to escape the heat of the desert! My dog Dusty and I had a great time! There's plenty of tree cover and Dusty loved the cool mountain streams.

Beautiful hike in the pines! The trail is mostly shaded, about 75%. There was some running water in the base of the trail once I hiked in a bit. After 1.8 miles in I made the turn off the main trail but the side trail (#22A) was so overgrown it was hard to follow. I tried to bushwhack my way down to the spring but ended up with a nasty scrap from a tree branch I didn't see under some overgrowth. I turned around not too long after I got off the main trail. The Park Ranger at the Palisades Visitor Center told me that the side trail to the spring is no longer maintained. It has too many fallen trees and overgrowth and they've decided to let it go. Wish I would have made it down to Box Spring but it was still a beautiful hike!

Did the Marshall Gulch portion of the trail. The wife and really enjoyed the trail. Took our six year old Yorkshire Terrier and she had no problem navigating the terrain. Gradual elevation gain was a great workout. Plenty of tree cover along the hike to keep you out of the direct sun. A few spots where you had watch your footing while climbing over some small rock formations in the trail. Only came across a few other hikers, but probably because it was late evening near sunset. Would give it 5 stars if there views at the top! Will try it again and do full circle and include aspen trail, maybe some views from there.

Great trail,, not a hard just going down and back up is some areas. Great views,, saw my first rattle snake.. aaaaand we turn around from that point since the trail was covered with ferns ahead of that and didn't want to take the chance of stepping on a snake!! crazy!!

Nice trail. Some steep parts and lots of ferns and nice views.

Love this trail . We did not finish the loop and came back down Marshalls but it was great. Going again and going to complete the loop. For a beginner and planner this spot is ideal, and there is a nice picnic area at the trail head . Very little parking so an early arrival is best. You can stop on your way out at the cookie cabin and rainbow gift shop . Both pretty expensive, we did not eat there at 8 dollars a slice of pizza and 30 for a pie I waited to eat once I got back to town . I am a bit picky about my pizza since I am from the east coast . Nice thing about This loop is it's simple to find and staying in trail was easy. I think once we get some rain it will be nicer when the creek is full, since you follow the creek bed most of the way . Happy hiking

Loved the trail! Beautiful new pine trees. It has been changed a bit because of trail repairs, so it's longer, bring a little more water.

Not exactly how the trail was but made my own by adding part of mount lemon trail and wilderness of rocks trail.. it was a long but well worth hike.. some easy areas and some hard very rocky with very dense vegetation. Espectacular views for sure. I would do this again for sure!! And the best part, not as fun but my first time hiking alone!!

Aspen leg is steep. Marshall quiet nice. Best to go early.

Easy to moderate trail and relatively short hike.There are several points on the trail that are perfect for just hanging out and enjoying the scenery. This trail has just about everything Mt. Lemmon has to offer: creeks, forest, wildflowers, wildlife and city views. .

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