Wilderness of Rocks Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mt Lemmon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Tucson: Major access to this area is via the Marshall Gulch Trail #3 in the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area through Summerhaven on top of Mt. Lemmon. Other access is available via the Mt. Lemmon Trail #5, Lemmon Rock Lookout Trail #12 and the Romero Trail #8 from Catalina State Park north of Tucson.
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!
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/
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.
Beautiful, wild country minutes from Tucson.