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Summerhaven, Arizona Map

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!

16 days ago

Took the ski lift up to the top of Mt Lemmon and took this trail back down. Very serene in the old-growth forest. It can be difficult to locate the beginning of the trail from the top as it’s not well marked, but the guy manning the lift helped us out. There are some steep spots, and I recommend bringing trekking poles if you are a short-legged person with weak knees such as myself. Trail wasn’t crowded, even though it was the day after Thanksgiving, and a number of hikers had well-behaved dogs in tow. The fall color of the maples and aspens was lovely. A very pleasant hike!

Great trail with beautifull views. Rated moderate but it has a dificult section between mount lemon and romero pass. If you are doing the hike in opposite direction consider it difficult. On the dry season expect water only at the purch pools and needs to be filtered before using it. Took 9 hours to complete. GPX file from the App is very accurate.

1 month ago

This is a hike that can be done either way. You can hike up and down. Or you can ride the chair lift up and just hike down. That's the way we usually do this, but have also hiked up this trail. It's a very easy hike and walks through some very old Douglas Fir forest. During the summer months, you can buy a lift ticket for the ride up, and then take a leisurely walk down. Once at the top of the lift, you bear to the left to find the trail down. People also mountain bike this trail too, so you have to keep your ears open for riders coming your way. Good way to spend a nice cool summer day in this area. Your lift ticket is good all day too, so when you get back, you can ride up and down the lift again just for the view!!

Lost the trail at the peak. Wound up walking down the road to Iron Door and picked it back up there.

A couple friends and I backpacked out on the wilderness of rocks trail and hammock camped far off the trail. We took the Mint Springs trail back to summerhaven and were surprised at how beautiful it was compared to the wilderness of rocks trail. This trail was covered in tall grass (reaching our necks in some places) and covered in wild flowers in the spring. After monsoons a nice creek flows across the trail in some parts. I would definitely backpack this trail again instead of the wilderness of rocks trail.

Beautiful.... worth the drive from Phoenix.

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!!

6 months ago