Explore the most popular birding trails near Mount Lemmon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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

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.

Bajas muchísimo y así como lo bajas lo tienes que volver a subir. El regreso es intenso. Un buen ejercicio

on Sunset Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Very easy quick trail with really great views. Bring a camera!

hiking
8 days 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.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice trail with great views. The trail was dusty. I got home with very dirty feet, not a complaint though, just a heads up. We went a little further than the plane crash and came back. 6 miles total. The ascent on the way back is a good leg workout. Pretty decent coverage from the sun too.

hiking
9 days ago

We enjoyed mountain therapy and had a great hike on the Fourth of July! For the trailhead, look for mile marker #4400, which is right off of the paved road a few hundred feet away from the Steward Observatory. On the way back to the trailhead we took Mt. Lemmon Trail #5, which has a moderate designation; there was a bit of an incline with some rocky parts but quite manageable for adults with average health. I recommend Mt. Lemmon Trial #5 for the return hike because of the great scenery. Be sure to take a detour to visit the fire ranger’s lodge. Fire ranger Jeff was very friendly and invited us into his lodge for a chat. He shared with us how he “catches fire” around Mt. Lemmon with a cool giant compass looking instrument. Overall, I recommend this hike for hikers of all levels.

hiking
10 days ago

Steep sections and light foot traffic

hiking
26 days ago

ended up going almost 9 miles. very pretty, uphill battle at some points

my dog did great

will do again

Nice views. Would be beautiful if it was wet season.

Shortest hike ever, thanks to Mother Nature amazing rain,, started lighting and thundering so that’s why I turned around,, scary!! Will come back and finish this trail soon!!

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.

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

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!!

Thrilled to be hiking among the trees and ferns!

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

Hiked this trail recently for my birthday. The weather is always fantastic on Mt. Lemmon this time a year and it was awesome to escape the heat. While this trail might be awesome for some, I wasn’t a huge fan. I don’t like trails that descend on the way out and ascend on the way back. Really wears me out! I may choose to do this trail from the trailhead on the other side so I can go UP first before I go down!

We hiked the Marshal Gulch/Aspen Trail on a week day in mid-May 2018 and it was a gorgeous escape from life in Tucson. We ran into only a handful of hikers once we left the parking lot. (There are signs re daily fees of $5.00 for parking or no charge with the Senior Park Pass. We did see tickets on a few windshields. There is a parking area before the trailhead and there were no signs re fees for that.) The temps were in the 70s and there was a cool breeze the whole hike. After the Aspen Fire of 2003, plenty pines and Aspens are making a comeback.

The trails are well maintained but there were numerous downed trees to climb over. The trails are largely protected by a canape of tall trees which helps with the sun. Take plenty of water and there is no cell service which I personally love but plan accordingly. Have a ball.

Fun trail, beginning has plenty of shade in the forest. Went off-trail and hiked a peak (dunno the name), was so windy my hat nearly flew off. Running down, almost stepped on a big snake, perpendicular across the trail and perfectly camouflaged. I be rating 1/1 for snakesssss

Easy hike
Wonderful views

Good Trail up out of the heat of desert heat.

Definitely one of the best hikes on
Mt. Lemmon! The first part of the trail is a piece of cake, and walking through the pines was beautiful. Very shady and mostly flat. The turnoff to Sabino Creek is marked by a small Cairn, and a painted rock. From here the trail is still pretty easy, until you reach a primitive campsite and begin descending towards the springs. From here, the trail takes you down to a small stream bed which was dry when I was there. The trail is very spotty and sometimes non-existent past this point, but following the stream bed will get you to the springs. Look for Cairns along the way to guide you along. The trail definitely isn't maintained anymore, wear pants to keep from getting scratched up by thorns. Once you reach the creek, you can either continue upstream and enjoy the water, or go downstream about 1000 feet to see some really beautiful rock formations. There is even small cave downstream with a waterfall inside of it. It was really amazing and was a great spot to sit and cool down.

great trail! my GPS tells me this hike is more like 5 miles.

Nice short hike. Agree with others, the signs could be better. We may have done this a little too early in the year (March 11). Snow on the trail, which wasn't a problem, but our 6 year old was pretty cold by the time we reached the top.

Our first >2mi hike with our 6 year old, who handled it pretty well. This was a really enjoyable walk through the woods, with some good views once you start approaching Marshall Peak.

We came pretty close to forgetting that we live in a desert while doing this hike. We will come back and do this one again.

No longer muddy or wet. Best views are on the Aspen trail side of the loop.

hiking
3 months ago

fun little walk to stretch your legs after the 27mi drive up. views are gorgeous. the drive enticed me to do so many more hikes along the way. i will be back.

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