Wilderness of Rocks Trail Mount Lemmon Loop

MODERATE 35 reviews

Wilderness of Rocks Trail Mount Lemmon Loop is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Summerhaven, 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.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

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!

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1 month ago

Incredibly beautiful trail but All Trails messed up big time on this one. Just read Cati Piorkowski’s review from 2017. She explains perfectly. Basically, this is 12.6 miles and *difficult*, not 7.8 miles, nor moderate as stated here. That’s two major errors. Folks are planning trips around the info provided here. This hike takes the better part of the day to complete. We ran out of water and, ending with the western portion of the loop, the incline was so steep and so tough. The fact that it was a June afternoon didn’t help, but I’m young and athletic and my body was just beat after this hike. In the summer, start at dawn and carry at least two liters H2O.

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1 month ago

Did this trail a yr ago and damn it’s a hard trail but so well worth it,, sad there was no water running like last yr!!

1 month ago

Great trail, but definitely longer than listed. Be sure to have extra water and sunscreen this time of year (June) as there are some long stretches without shade and some steep inclines. Views are stunning.

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3 months ago

It definitely was more milage than what was posted. We got a little over 9 miles without taking the meadow trail back. It was a tough hike for us since ww haven’t been hiking for a while. Loved the rocks and the pretty meadow sown by the creek!

3 months ago

Great hike but more rigorous than listed (moderate-difficult) and about 1 mile longer by our garmin than listed.

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7 months ago

Beautiful views, fun and challenging trail as it winds through the rocks. Cairns along the trail were very helpful when the trail got fuzzy. Bring $5 or your parking pass to use the parking lot at the top. We took the loop in a clockwise direction, beginning with the steep switchbacks, allowing us to “enjoy” the shallower ascent back to the top at the end of the loop. Doggo friendly but rocky!

10 months ago

Beautiful.... worth the drive from Phoenix.

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

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!!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Lots of glitter scattered throughout the ground!

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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.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beautiful, wild country minutes from Tucson.

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