Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail

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Butterfly Peak Natural Area

Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 866 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

Please note: users have reported closures at the gate, in campgrounds, and of bathrooms due to COVID. Directions from Tucson: Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 26 miles through Summerhaven to the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. The trailhead is at the end of the road. You'll have to walk the last couple of hundred yards in winter when the road into the picnic area is closed.

Nice trail. Longer than it says. Pretty sunny in most parts so watch it on a hot day. Lots of flora and fauna. Wildflower, ferns, ponderosa pines, oaks and even aspens. Some annoying little bugs in your face in parts. Watch out for thunderstorms that creep up. One followed me out and I just made it to the car.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous trail, loved the different biomes, especially the aspens and the large old pines. The smell of the pines was fabulous and the sounds of the wind going through the trees was awesome! Will definitely go back! We went in the afternoon and there were very few people on the trail.

hiking
7 days ago

This trail is great for kids. It literally sparkles from the rocks here, and is gorgeous overall.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail. Very rugged. Beautiful scenery. We had lunch on the trail along the creek. We had elevation gain of 957ft.

hiking
bugs
rocky
22 days ago

This trail is magic. So nice during the summer. The kids 4 and over did a great job! Loved the aspen fields.

Parking lot was open today. Pretty busy but easy to keep our distance. Awesome breezes!

hiking
29 days ago

Very pleasant loop at 8000', excellent summertime hike. Very popular too, parking lots closest to trailhead were full by 8 am on a May Sunday. Dogs on leash allowed although saw several off leash, Sections with heavy forest with large firs and pines. Great vistas to south and west, some very nice spots to stop and eat about midway through.

hiking
off trail
private property
rocky
29 days ago

hiking
blowdown
fee
1 month ago

Love this trail. I take Marshall Gulch up and then Aspen down, which makes it a little bit easier. There was quite a bit of blow down, so had to do some log hopping. Other than that pretty straight forward trail with a nice balance of uphill and downhill.

hiking
1 month ago

I went on Sunday, 4/5. The gate to the trailhead was shut, so we had to park and walk on asphalt for a little bit to the trailhead. Bathrooms/campgrounds are closed due to the current situation with the virus. We started from Aspen trail going clockwise in the loop, and the trail was not crowded at all. We were there around 9-12ish. At the junction of Aspen/Marshall Gulch/Mint Springs, there were maybe 6 other hikers enjoying the scenery or resting. Plenty of room to go around and hike safely while keeping distance. Beautiful weather, and the water was flowing steadily. Saw some snow in the shady spots, but it was not cold at all; we were wearing shorts. I had 2 liters of water, which was more than enough.

2 months ago

Trail was packed. So much scenic diversity on this loop. Creek, pines, wildflowers, aspen trees and views. Refreshing hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Pleasant loop trail in the mountains. The road to the trail head is closed, so needed to hike a half mile to reach it. The road should be opened soon. There were a few snowy patches and some logs across the trail in places. Very few hikers and nice views in various areas.

hiking
blowdown
snow
3 months ago

a very nice trail with varied terrain. there was some snowy icy patches at this time of year and you need to exercise caution near the trailhead word is steepest. fantastic views across the Tucson valley on the Southside

hiking
3 months ago

I always enjoy this trail since it’s not too strenuous and great to do with dogs. A great opportunity to get away from the deserty mountains and into the trees, while not having to drive very far from the city.

hiking
blowdown
icy
snow
3 months ago

OMG!! Above the knee high snow,, so beautiful but dear lord that was a huge challenge... but made it back to my car and everything hurts!!

running
5 months ago

Brisk day amongst the clouds! A few felled trees across the trail, amazing views from Aspen Trail.

6 months ago

Wasn’t overly impressed by this trail. Was expecting more of a scenic view but mostly just pines and people. It connects to the Wilderness of Rocks Trail, which we did for about 1 mile out and back due to time and that was absolutely gorgeous. Marshall Gulch wasn’t much to see.

Nice trail but go up the gulch side first unless you want a steep start. Also check all signs to make sure you stay on the trail. Took a little accidental detour after not reading the signs right. Otherwise very beautiful!

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

I did this trail by myself and I really liked it! I just did it again with my girlfriend!!!

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