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Aspen Draw is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Summerhaven, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and mountain biking and is best used from May until November.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 843 ft Route type Out & Back

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Michael Ariz
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3.5/5 stars. This was on the difficult end of easy b/c of the altitude and being an upward climb the entire time. But the trail was very clear and stable and the distance just 3 miles round trip. Nice shade, cool weather (50-60 degrees in June) and good to see some trees. Not a lot of wild life when we hiked but a few birds. The aspen trees and large pines were the highlight, plus a few good views.

John Hamilton
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I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The scenery was beautiful along the trail, and the top offers great views. I don't want to discourage anyone, but remember to take caution. I saw a couple of piles of bear droppings and the leg of a deer.

Jacqueline Destremps
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Fantastic trail, definitely one of our new favorites in the area. Lots of shade and so many birds! Also saw deer and squirrels. This will be added to our revisit list for sure.

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Dave Rincon
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The Aspen Draw trail is one of the nicest in all of the 'Catalinas, and I've been on just about all of them. It's not very isolated with a road on either end, but it doesn't take long to come across the old growth forest. Some of the largest Aspen trees in the range were providing a gold and yellow tinged shade over the switch backs the other day. Very enjoyable.

Sabrina Mar
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Hiking

Pretty trail! If you want to ride a gondola back down the mountain make sure you buy a ticket down the mountain first! You can’t buy a ticket up the mountain

Erica Moskal
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Hiking

So this is a great trail. The fall colors did not disappoint! Hiked mid October. However I could not find it for the life of me day 1 and finally found it so late I had to wait to go back day 2. To save you all that pain I am going to explain the three different ways you can get to the trail. 1. Hike uphill from SummerHaven: drive into summer haven from Catalina hwy by curving slightly onto Sabino Canyon Hwy. At the first cross street that’s not a private drive , which is Turkey Run Road, turn right and follow it until it dead ends into trail head. Some signage but it’s not super clear. You will see a gnome garden that also marks the start of the trail. Note this is also a residential area at the start so it might seem strange but it’s a trail head too. 2. Hike uphill from Mount Lemmon Ski Area: Directly across the street from the Iron Door restaurant there is a guard rail by the road and yellow metal pole. Take the path behind the guard rail. Yup that’s it . No sign. You hike along the road for a second and then it starts going back towards the ski slopes and then you ascend to the side of the slopes . 3. Hike Down hill from Near Mt Lemmon Summit: when Driving up Ski Run Rd. (turn right from Catalina Hwy right before Summerhaven) you will go past Iron Door restaurant drive up a few switch backs and then park at the first “lot” you see which had a bunch of huge old ski lift equipment laying on the ground. Looking straight out toward the Tucson view you will turn left and hike toward the actual operating ski lift. You will see a bunch of radio towers . Hike towards them. Here it gets tricky and there are three paths down To the right of the ski lift exit... Take first one the one with the sign that says “Aspen Draw”. It’s a very small sign. I understand this sounds obvious but my husband got separated right before hand and both missed the main trail and we both went to far to the right and took two different wrong “trails”... before we figured out what we did (this was day 1 where we couldn’t finish bc it took so long to figure it out). So once you find the trail if you go down it you can pay to ride back up the ski lift (which is what we did just bc we wanted the aerial view) to make it easier, or hike back up or go to summer haven... Up or down if you want a fall color hike on Mt Lemmon this is the one to take , it’s beautiful!

Carrie Morgan
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Very pretty scenery and the trees are beautiful, steep at the beginning.

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Casey Witman
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Nice, cool breeze with Fall in the air. Worthwhile moderate little hike if you don’t have a lot of time but want to enjoy some shade and aspens.

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Johanny Sanchez
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Nickie Meinhardt
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful! Started the trail on Turkey Track Rd and ended at the restrooms (just past the radio tower). The first portion of the trail parallels a stream, providing some rad picnic spots. Nearly the entire trail was shaded and offered amazing views at every turn. This is also one of the few trails atop of Mt Lemmon unscathed by the 2003 Aspen fire. Hikers, be aware of friendly mountain bikers as this is a shared trail.

Reggie Stout
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Hiking

This is probably one of my most favorite trails. Yes going down from the ski lift is easy, but i hike a lot and this trail is “not” easy going up. It fluctuates between moderate to difficult in a few areas, and air gets thin. Its an awesome trail and a must do during the summer and fall because of the shade, but in the winter it becomes known as “Ice Canyon” and very slippery. Most people start at the top which is easy and enjoyable. Secondly you can start from the ski parking lot along the guard rail of the road and go down to where trail head actually starts to go up.

Susan Brace
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Took the ski lift up to the top of Mt Lemmon and took this trail back down. Very serene in the old-growth forest. It can be difficult to locate the beginning of the trail from the top as it’s not well marked, but the guy manning the lift helped us out. There are some steep spots, and I recommend bringing trekking poles if you are a short-legged person with weak knees such as myself. Trail wasn’t crowded, even though it was the day after Thanksgiving, and a number of hikers had well-behaved dogs in tow. The fall color of the maples and aspens was lovely. A very pleasant hike!

Pat Ribotto
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Hiking

This is a hike that can be done either way. You can hike up and down. Or you can ride the chair lift up and just hike down. That's the way we usually do this, but have also hiked up this trail. It's a very easy hike and walks through some very old Douglas Fir forest. During the summer months, you can buy a lift ticket for the ride up, and then take a leisurely walk down. Once at the top of the lift, you bear to the left to find the trail down. People also mountain bike this trail too, so you have to keep your ears open for riders coming your way. Good way to spend a nice cool summer day in this area. Your lift ticket is good all day too, so when you get back, you can ride up and down the lift again just for the view!!

Michael Ariz
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Christy Balduf
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Jorge Pala
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Josie Romero-Pala
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Jaime Millan
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Maria Mbuthia
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Reed Welsh
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Jose Marcos
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Ezana Tadesse
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Emiley Kight
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Victor Gonzalez
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Alena Ray
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Nate Gahn
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Stephanie Schutt
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Jesse Rodriguez
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Jodi Smith
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tim braun
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