Wilderness of Rocks Trail Mount Lemmon Loop

MODERATE 19 reviews

Wilderness of Rocks Trail Mount Lemmon Loop is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mt Lemmon, Arizona that features a waterfall 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.

7.8 miles
2463 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

rock climbing






wild flowers


over grown


historic site

(Meadow Loop to Lemmon Rock Trail -> Wilderness of Rocks Trail to Mount Lemmon Trail) This trail takes you down into the gulch and back up. It may take you 3.5-6 hours depending on experience. When parking at the summit, head north on the road past the gate, and immediately after the first comm tower, turn left onto the service road. Bring at least 2L of water. Plenty of shade cover (at least 50% of the hike you can find shade). Fantastic views, and will take a majority of your day!

24 days ago

27 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful.... worth the drive from Phoenix.

3 months ago

Attempted to do all wilderness of rock but a snake in the middle of the trail made me turn around,,, wasn't Gona mess with that big guy after it was rattling and coiled up!! No thanks!!

4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

We started this hike via the Marshall Gulch Trail #3 which is indicated on this site as the "Major access to this area". It is not; however, where this loop starts. Starting at Marshall Gulch Trail #3 adds over 5 miles (round trip) to the hike. We recorded 12.6 miles. Highly recommend expanding this map (or getting another detailed map) to note the miles to hike to get to this loop. Note that "Wilderness of Rocks Trail #44" is not a loop. It is just a piece of this "Wilderness of Rocks" loop trail. Otherwise beautiful area with great views! We would rate as moderately difficult as there are many ascents and descents throughout the hike and several areas where the creek crossing can cause you to lose the trail . If hiking in the summer months, take lots of water - it may be cooler but the sun is intense.

4 months ago

Amazing, beautiful and perfect hike for those 100 degree days in the valleys! Map was spot on but distance was off at least according to my fit bit surge which has GPS built in. I got 9.2 miles instead of the 7.8 listed. But no matter it was a great and challenging hike with perfect weather conditions! Please remember to pay the 5 dollars for the parking the do ticket but more importantly the money goes to the National Parks. Have fun and bring plenty of water and snacks!

5 months ago

7 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Friday, September 02, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lots of glitter scattered throughout the ground!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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/

Monday, June 13, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beautiful, wild country minutes from Tucson.