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Meadow and Mount Lemmon Trail #5 Loop is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Summerhaven, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 337 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

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Note that the observatory is closed due to COVID.

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Reviews (171)
Photos (210)
Recordings (190)
Completed (363)
Cathi Rhodes
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Hiking

Beautiful ridge line trail. Restrooms and trash basins are closed. From the top we could see the Bighorn fire but the ranger said no immediate danger to the area. Note that the observatory is closed due to COVID.

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Diana Díaz
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HikingFeeRocky

very great hike with much shade. definitely recommend taking this trail clockwise. also, please remember to bring cash to pay for fee ($8/day).

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Aiko Stevenson
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Hiking

What a view! Did this loop clockwise. The view of the surrounding mountains and Tucson below are amazing with giant rocks in the foreground. Rocky and somewhat steep at the beginning of Mt Lemmon Trail (or off trail to get closer to the Lemmon Rock Lookout) but it was a short section. Once you are on Meadow Trail, it is mostly shady and easy as other reviewers recommended to go clockwise. Appreciated the other hikers being mindful of distance when passing on the trail. Very well maintained trail.

David Wang
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Jeremy David
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This is a quick little trail, and fairly easy. The only difficult part about it is probably walking from the parking lot down near the ski area. It’s good for a day hike and dog friendly. Just make sure you keep your dog on leash, there is wildlife.

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Terra Cahill
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Hiking

Nice trail - most challenging part for this sea level girl was the elevation. There was no parking available at the trailhead, but there was another lot nearby and we went off trail to get to the trailhead and the view from that side trip was the best!! Only negative was there were several dogs off leash, but that’s not the trail’s fault.

Nikki's Ventures
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail! We chose this hike because it seemed to be the only easy one (I found 2)that was easy to access. We needed easy for my mom who has nerve damage and is not a frequent hiker. We started the hike going downward (west) then finished coming up a semi steep climb with a lot of loose rocks. The last part was hard for my mother, but we took lots of short breaks and she kept trucking. Half way through we were able to sit for 20 min and enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the mountains and Tucson. Definitely would do this easy hike again if I'm feeling the need to get out.

Emily Lundeen
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Hiking

We went clockwise but would recommend counter clockwise. Then you get the steepest part down and easy walking back. We got the elevation gain at the end doing it clockwise. The lookout point house was closed but it was a cool view there! Good spot for a snack!

Pam Scott
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Hiking

The views, fire lookout, flowers and aspen tree are all absolutely gorgeous. We definitely recommend this hike and the advice of others to take the trail clockwise. Yes!

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Stacy Bos
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Hiking

Easy from a terrain, marked trail and length perspectives. Elevation made it challenging for those of us sea dwellers who are also a bit out of shape. Would definitely do again if on Mt. Lemmon. Beautiful scenery the whole way.

Matt T.
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ann w.
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Hiking

Did this Aug. 3rd. Took advice and went clock wise, made for an easy hike. First one after surgery. Had no problems. It was a beautiful day on the Mt. Can't wait to go back for more once I get back in shape.

Eddie Maldonado
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HikingRocky

Nice, Short trail. I recommend going clockwise, starting from the left since is rocky. The trail is well-marked and easy. My 6yr old did it. The views in some part of this trail are amazing. Highly recommended. Be advice is a $5 parking fee that if you don't pay you will get a ticket.

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Dawn Curatolo-Huff
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Loved it! Had a difficult time the last half, but I'm out of shape. The change of scenery is beautiful!

Penny Plante
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HikingRocky

Agree with one reviewer, take the loop in a clockwise direction. Trail is in decent shape. Good views of the desert floor. The lookout tower is cool, although we could only look at from the road. Enjoyed the meadow area as we ended the hike.

Susan Stoddard
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Hiking

great trail but elevation is difficult if out of shape

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James Huff
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Hiking

well marked great trail. loved it

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Kristin Dauphinais
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HikingRocky

I took my 11yr old daughter and her friend on this trail today. Just us girls. They loved it. In terms of length and difficulty, their report was it was “just right”

Yuan Davis
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Britnee Dean
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Hiking

Great for beginners. Pretty rocky in some points. I took my 2 young children with me and they were able to complete this hike. Some great views!

Richard Kokes
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Great beginners trail. Definitely rocky. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes. It is at the top of the mountain (around 9000 ft). Beginners should go slow. Very easy to get altitude sickness from breathing heavy.

Jason McKay
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Hiking

Fun trail, but wife got a little altitude sickness, so be aware.

Theresa Mercurio-Sakwa
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Hiking
First to Review

Great hike, the incline is much easier if you do the loop clockwise.

Dave Lancaster
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Hiking
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Alena Ray
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Hiking
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Maria Mbuthia
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Hiking
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