Explore the most popular trail running 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.

trail running
9 days 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

hiking
15 days ago

Great day hike.

First-time Hiker in AZ!

hiking
27 days 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!

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month 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!!

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike with amazing views, wildflowers, and if you're lucky like I was, water flowing down in the Gulch. Part of the trail follows a dirt road with cabins so for a brief time I thought I was going the wrong way, but at the end of the road there was a trail sign pointing me in the right direction. Definitely one of my favorite hikes so far up on the mountain.

Nice hike for the average adult. my little dog did the hike also. Great views!

First time on this trail and will be back to do it again real soon. It was well paved and absolutely beautiful. Was able to bring my dog and he enjoyed getting out of the 110 degree heat!!! Breath taking views, pine trees, creeks, wildflowers, boulders, birch trees, 74 degrees, squirrels, the list goes on. Definitely one of my favorite hikes around the Tucson area.

Great trail - well marked at the top where trails intersect. I did it counterclockwise so Marshall Gulch first, which is very shaded due to heavy pine forestation. There were 3 creek crossings and water was flowing today when I was there. Temps from 76-80 degrees this afternoon w a little cloud cover so just perfect... Near the top you do see signs of the fire damage. Aspen trail has more exposure, with a mix of beautiful vegetation - ferns, pines, wildflowers and then finally some aspens once you are near Marshall Gulch trailhead. A trail I would love to do again - as another reviewer said, feels more like Colorado than AZ... excited to try other Mt. Lemmon trails now.

Make sure to stay hydrated... this trail ain’t for beginners !!!

Trail is great! You will see amazing views of the canyons and Tucson. It is very peaceful and quiet! Take lots of water and be ready for an amazing hike!

Beautiful, green and cool(ish)- a great escape from the desert heat

One of my favorite trails

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