Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Always fun to come play on the snow!! Very chilly up here but layered up before leaving the house!!

9 days ago

Very good hike with expansive views, nice ridge walks. Should have known from the map, but was a bit disappointed that you could hear the car traffic from the road for the first couple of miles in. Otherwise-great mix of desert and forest. Enjoyed the other hike I did off the road up Mr Lemon a bit more.

Love this trail so much! Such beautiful views!

Astounding views! Ran into about a dozen cyclists who were very considerate. Will definitely be doing this again!

28 days ago

Beautiful transition from high desert to pines. When on the middle of the ridge you can see one ecosystem on the right and a different ecosystem (with vastly different flora) on the left!
Con: much of the “trail” is a well-used system of quite rocky roads. Not too inspiring. But the real trail more than makes up for it. Also you have to go quite a bit out of your way to leave a vehicle at the top. Unless, of course, you take the old/steep/rutted 25 mile back road (if it is open).
My Garmin showed the hike was 12.6 miles with 6500 feet of climbing. Know what you are getting into. Some areas we got a bit confused about the trail before realizing you sometimes have to go through gates in the fence. Even with this the trail is easy to follow but if obscured by snow may be difficult to find without a GPS.
Overall this is a classic and highly recommended!

1 month ago

Lovely quick way to link into other trails. The trailhead is rarely crowded and the Aspens are beautiful in the fall.

trail running
2 months ago

My first time visiting Mt Lemmon area. Butterfly Trail has great views of the desert below to the east, and a healthy amount of elevation gain. I recommend tacking on Mt Bigelow. Minus one star for the overgrown trail making it hard to run.

on Meadow Trail #5A

2 months ago

Great day hike.

First-time Hiker in AZ!

2 months ago

Short hike with great views. Very easy hike for beginners.

Pretty green, 70degrees!

Wonderful view, great workout with decent inclines. Not to much not too little. Be sure to be aware of Mountain Lions since this is the kind of area they are in. Some cool climbing spots along the way.

Some good views but much of hike through open area burned 12-15 years ago.

The views at the top are AMAZING!!!! If you do only one hike on Mt. Lemmon do this one! I would definitely say this one is not for those who aren’t in shape or are scared of heights though as a lot of it is straight up—I would do this one again & again!! Love it!!

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day!

3 months ago

I hiked the Meadow Trail down, then up the Lemmon Trail to make a counterclockwise loop. It’s rather steep coming back up that way. Most other hikers seemed to be doing the loop in the opposite direction, which I’ll try next time. Either way, a beautiful hike.

Started early becuz there is no shade. Beautiful views and green thanks to the monsoons

3 months ago

Rushed through this hike on a rainy day. The way in is a gorgeous and relaxing hike. The way back is all uphill and a little more challenging. Dog loved it. Saw four tiny deer along the way.

Great trail. Shades - elevation - views.

Absolutely beautiful. It rained the night before, wild flowers and birds everywhere. Wonderful hike!!

Short, quick hike with soft ground and nice views. Shaded by trees for the most part, so it doesn't get too hot. Dogs are welcome!

Great views both north and south on this trail. Barnum rock is now one of my favorite spots on Mt. Lemmon. Trail is very well marked, moderately trafficked and you can continue on to Mt. Bigelow or Butterfly trail to make it a good length hike. Well shaded for most of the time!

This is a fun trail to hike, easy with interesting variations with the vegetation. The Marshall Gulch side is very open with some trees and a little creek. The Aspen Trail is true to its name. Beautiful aspens everywhere, nicknamed it the Aspen Forest. There are some young trees growing on both trails, as Summerhaven had a fire some years back. Would still highly recommend these trails. There are connecting trails to these trails if you want to go further. Lots of people and parking is limited. If you park on forest land, make sure you pay the $5 fee as we saw a park ranger giving out tickets when we were there. The fee box is where the trailhead is located. Wonderful hike, picnic areas and Mt. Lemmon has many hiking opportunities.

I'm not an avid hiker, yet

3 months ago

Love this trail! Someone did remove the signs to get to the airplane reck, so just know that it’s 3 1/2 miles in! Bring extra water!

This is an amazing hike because it takes you through so many different microclimates with different fauna throughout the hike. There are a ton of beautiful young ponderosa groves that are magical to walk through. Key your eyes out for baby horny roads of you go in late summer/ early fall!

It was beautiful, but not well marked on how to loop back around. At the point where the trails meet at the top, I ended up unintentionally taking the Aspen trail which took me all the way to the ski lift and sky center, not back to the Marshall Gulch picnic area where my car was parked. I ended up walking five miles along the road to get back to my car after having finished the hike. I noticed a tiny envelope on my windshield and would have given this a 1 star had it actually been a $80 ticket. I suppose they are no longer doing that and instead are giving folks a postmarked envelope to send in the check for $5, which I think is decent since the place to pay the $5 is nowhere clearly marked while driving in.

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