A very nice hike, though not an easy one. Great landscapes, the trail starts in pines and ends among saguaros. We planned to start at the Mount Lemmon trail head, but the road leading to it was seasonally closed, so we had to find another starting point. We drove to Summerhaven, then turned right on E. Carter Canyon road and went to the Mint Spring trailhead. There we left our car (we had left another car earlier at the Sabino Canyon recreation area). Finding the new starting point took some time, so we started our hike later than we expected - around 9-30 AM. We walked the Mint Spring trail up to the nice spot, where 5 trails go in different directions. There we took the Wilderness of Rocks trail #44, and from its southernmost point went another 2.4 miles to the Romero Pass. Then we took the West Fork trail, and at 4 PM went to Hutch's Pool. We rested there for about an hour, bathed, and then walked the remaining distance up to Sabino Canyon rectreation area. It became dark at about 6-30, but we had headlamps, so it was not a problem. It is a must to carry plenty of water. We carried about 3 liter per person, and it was barely enough.

2 months ago

I connected this hike with Romero Canyon, making a one way trip from Mount Lemmon to Catalina State Park. The views are fantastic and you with experience basically every biome Tucson has to offer! A word of warning: portions of the path may be tough to find and there are some steep switchbacks. I would mark this in my book as "hard" rather than "moderate". Worth it!

Beautiful views, fun and challenging trail as it winds through the rocks. Cairns along the trail were very helpful when the trail got fuzzy. Bring $5 or your parking pass to use the parking lot at the top. We took the loop in a clockwise direction, beginning with the steep switchbacks, allowing us to “enjoy” the shallower ascent back to the top at the end of the loop. Doggo friendly but rocky!

I picked #5 up after leaving Romero Saddle. Amazing views!

took romeo trail and the canyon loop trail still trying to find that waterfall haha

4 months ago

We recorded nearly 12 miles on this hike without finishing the last .25-.5 miles, a wee bit longer than the 9.9 stated miles. An awesome hike that crossed through multiple biomes. The weather was fantastic, a little cool at the top, a bit warm toward the bottom as you lose the tree cover. The different types of rocks along the trail were a lot of fun to check out...lots of mica, granite, quartz. It can be deceiving though as it is a down/back up path that I would have rated as easy to moderate based on the length and altitude alone. But then you have to go back up after that 6 mile hike with the first two of the ascent being the steepest. It's important to fuel and hydrate on the way down, before the climb back up which I would rate as difficult. We decided 3 liters of water would have been ideal instead of the 2 we had. Most definitely worth doing, be prepared!

Beautiful.... worth the drive from Phoenix.

7 months ago

Great hike. Nice views. If you start at summit and go all the way to the canyon bottom and back, it seems a little long.

Attempted to do all wilderness of rock but a snake in the middle of the trail made me turn around,,, wasn't Gona mess with that big guy after it was rattling and coiled up!! No thanks!!

8 months ago

Again, Not quite how the trail was supposed to go. Started on mount lemon trail and from there took several other trails. The wilderness of rocks was just amazing, got to see some white tail deer. The views were spectacular my longest hike so far, just a little over 12 miles!! Am beat but so worth it!!

8 months ago

Great LONG hike. We actually did the Mount Lemmon Trail Loop (Meadow Loop -> Lemmon Rock Trail -> Wilderness of Rocks Trail -> Mount Lemmon Trail). The whole loop was 10.5 miles according to my phone GPS and Apple Watch - however AllTrails estimates it to be only 7.8 miles??? This is consistent with the other comments about the length of the trails being off here. Although someone also said the road was not a service road, it definitely was. Lemmon Rock Trail (the one with the Fire Lookout Point) is not a service road, but Mount Lemmon Trail was for the last 1.5 miles we walked back (we went south to north from Wilderness of Rocks Trail). Lots of incline - be prepared for a moderate-difficult hike!

We started this hike via the Marshall Gulch Trail #3 which is indicated on this site as the "Major access to this area". It is not; however, where this loop starts. Starting at Marshall Gulch Trail #3 adds over 5 miles (round trip) to the hike. We recorded 12.6 miles. Highly recommend expanding this map (or getting another detailed map) to note the miles to hike to get to this loop. Note that "Wilderness of Rocks Trail #44" is not a loop. It is just a piece of this "Wilderness of Rocks" loop trail. Otherwise beautiful area with great views! We would rate as moderately difficult as there are many ascents and descents throughout the hike and several areas where the creek crossing can cause you to lose the trail . If hiking in the summer months, take lots of water - it may be cooler but the sun is intense.

Amazing, beautiful and perfect hike for those 100 degree days in the valleys! Map was spot on but distance was off at least according to my fit bit surge which has GPS built in. I got 9.2 miles instead of the 7.8 listed. But no matter it was a great and challenging hike with perfect weather conditions! Please remember to pay the 5 dollars for the parking the do ticket but more importantly the money goes to the National Parks. Have fun and bring plenty of water and snacks!

9 months ago

Nice trail. Began at summit then went out and back. Tracker read almost 11 miles but I did wander off the trail a little. Would rate it a bit tougher than moderate. Bring lots of water. Worth the hike.

I've only ever hiked this trail during the warmer months so I've always found it to be much more difficult than my other trails. Definitely wear sturdy boots that you are COMFORTABLE in. There are many switchbacks, inclines, descents, and various terrain that will catch your breath. The variety of views and wildlife you will see are absolutely worth every step of this beautifully challenging trail.

Lots of glitter scattered throughout the ground!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The area was beautiful, but I wish I would have known how rocky the trail is!

Great summertime hike on top of Mount Lemmon. Nice views and chilly water - it felt great to dip our toes in! Check out my full review on my blog: https://tryniakaufman.com/2016/07/03/wilderness-of-rocks-freeing-the-pieces-of-ourselves-to-come-alive/

Monday, June 27, 2016

It was the greatest hike ever

Fantastic hike. Fulfilling length and elevation change, but doesn't take the whole day. Plenty of shady spots and a little running water. Best of all, it's cool enough to do in the middle of summer.

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