Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Lemmon, 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

1 month ago

Epic!

1 month ago

First-time Hiker in AZ!

1 month ago

Pretty green, 70degrees!

hiking
2 months ago

Some good views but much of hike through open area burned 12-15 years ago.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day!

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. It rained the night before, wild flowers and birds everywhere. Wonderful hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm not an avid hiker, yet

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

One of my favorite trails

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail through the forest with nice shaded sections, look outs with some visibility, and a good mix of steep rock inclines and flat path.

hiking
4 months ago

Very beautiful trail with lot's of different zones. Good views of the mountains and of the city. Quite an easy trail. Just a couple of uphill spots that inexperienced hikers MIGHT feel the burn. Other than that it's pretty easy. Great trail to take friends and family that might be visiting from out of town.

Pay the fee at the station next to the bathrooms. There seems to be lot's of people that don't realize you have to pay, despite the posted signs. The box where you pay is kind of easy to miss. It's to the left of the bathrooms. We went on the weekend and seemed to be one of the only cars that paid. Parking was sparse and when we got back there were $80 tickets on lots of cars and plenty of people loudly complaining. It's worth the $5 fee and you're supporting the upkeep of the area.

5 months ago

There’s a trickling flow and plenty of small pools of clear water along Marshall Gulch right now. Very pleasant even though it’s 107 in Tucson, it’s cool under the canopy on this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

It's a good place for the heated time in Tucson.

hiking
5 months ago

I’ve done this trail a few times and loving it.. not hard at all. Some view spots are awesome.. no water running this time.. we need rain ASAP!!

5 months ago

Thrilled to be hiking among the trees and ferns!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views of Tucson and nice cool air. Mostly dirt trail vs. rocky. Feels like I’m in a different state, more like Colorado.

Load More