Explore the most popular birding trails in Butterfly Peak Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

20 days ago

Great trail. With a bit of history to be found above the falls.

Always fun to come play on the snow!! Very chilly up here but layered up before leaving the house!!

Love this trail so much! Such beautiful views!

First-time Hiker in AZ!

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike with great views. Very easy hike for beginners.

Pretty green, 70degrees!

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!!

Short, quick hike with soft ground and nice views. Shaded by trees for the most part, so it doesn't get too hot. Dogs are welcome!

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

5 months ago

Love this trail! Someone did remove the signs to get to the airplane reck, so just know that it’s 3 1/2 miles in! Bring extra water!

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Great short hike with amazing views, wildflowers, and if you're lucky like I was, water flowing down in the Gulch. Part of the trail follows a dirt road with cabins so for a brief time I thought I was going the wrong way, but at the end of the road there was a trail sign pointing me in the right direction. Definitely one of my favorite hikes so far up on the mountain.

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.

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!

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

One of my favorite trails

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.

Great 4 mile moderate hike. If I can do it, you can do it. Lots of wild flowers

Love this place! We find crystal quartz all over and really love the view. One of my fave hikes!

Looks like Colorado. Shade. Really lovely. High altitude.

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