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Fun trail, but wife got a little altitude sickness, so be aware.

Great hike, the incline is much easier if you do the loop clockwise.

went up Marshall gulch then down mint spring. Trail is not very well maintained but still made for a good hike.

MY GPS TOLD ME THIS HIKE WAS 11.6 MILES NOT 7.5 MILES. The elevation gain was also about 2600 feet.

Hiked down into the gulch and back up. It took a little over 5 hours. 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. When the first split comes, take a left for Lemmon Rock Trail south. Take that for the first 3.5 miles to where it splits and the train begins to go north-east, or south-west. Take the southwest route until it dead ends into Mount Lemmon Trail #5, and continue north.

trail running
2 months ago

The description of this trail is misleading. It might be 2030 feet of elevation gain starting on Mount Lemmon. But running it backwards it was greater than 2030 meters of elevation gain (we logged about 11,000 feet) making it especially brutal. The map directions are spot on, however there’s no reason to take the Meadow Trail 5a. The Mount Lemmon Trail #5 starts at the same Trail head. We took a wrong turn, our mistake not the maps, which cost us about 7 miles turning this into a 20+ mile day. Beautiful views, and running during monsoon season was an added bonus. We’ll definitely take another crack at this. 3 L of water was not enough, especially with our detour, and make sure to pack enough fuel if you’re going to try this as a day trip.

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.

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!!

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.

Assent frm. Sabino Canyon Visitor's Center to Mt. Lemmon Peak (El. 9159 ft.). Details: 2-day hike, 1-night camp, Hikers: 3 - 59yrs., 29yrs., 26yrs, Pack Weights: 36lbs, 25lbs, 35lbs respectfully. Water: 14L (2L harvested at Hutch's pool) total 16L for hike, drank 14L. Hike Start Time: 05:45, Trial Route: Parking lot to Tram Road to Sabino Canyon Trl. FS #23 to West Fork Sabino Trl. FS #24 to Mt. Lemmon Trl. #5 to Mt. Lemmon Peak. Approx. Hiking Time: 13hrs., 40min. Approx. Distance: 19miles. Hike End Time: 13:00, 04/15/18. Fantastic Hike! This is a Fall/Winter/Spring hike. Trail becomes much steeper after Hutch's pool. Mt. Lemmon Trail #5 is very technical. Be sure to bring poles.

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!

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

Easy to follow trail and bang on GPX track. Bring 5-6 liters of water (winter).
Beautiful change from low desert to high pine forest.

A very nice hike, though not an easy one. Great landscapes, the trail starts in pines and ends among saguaros. We planned to start at the Mount Lemmon trail head, but the road leading to it was seasonally closed, so we had to find another starting point. We drove to Summerhaven, then turned right on E. Carter Canyon road and went to the Mint Spring trailhead. There we left our car (we had left another car earlier at the Sabino Canyon recreation area). Finding the new starting point took some time, so we started our hike later than we expected - around 9-30 AM. We walked the Mint Spring trail up to the nice spot, where 5 trails go in different directions. There we took the Wilderness of Rocks trail #44, and from its southernmost point went another 2.4 miles to the Romero Pass. Then we took the West Fork trail, and at 4 PM went to Hutch's Pool. We rested there for about an hour, bathed, and then walked the remaining distance up to Sabino Canyon rectreation area. It became dark at about 6-30, but we had headlamps, so it was not a problem. It is a must to carry plenty of water. We carried about 3 liter per person, and it was barely enough.

Trailhead tricky to find. After parking keep walking toward house at dead end. Trailhead is on the left. The last 1.75 is paved road. We opted to take Marshall Gulch trail back to Mint Spring. Making for a total of 7..1. After so much desert hiking the woods were an ice change.

hiking
8 months ago

This is probably one of my most favorite trails. Yes going down from the ski lift is easy, but i hike a lot and this trail is “not” easy going up. It fluctuates between moderate to difficult in a few areas, and air gets thin. Its an awesome trail and a must do during the summer and fall because of the shade, but in the winter it becomes known as “Ice Canyon” and very slippery. Most people start at the top which is easy and enjoyable. Secondly you can start from the ski parking lot along the guard rail of the road and go down to where trail head actually starts to go up.

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!

9 months 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.

hiking
10 months 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.

backpacking
Friday, September 01, 2017

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!!

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.

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!

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.

Lots of glitter scattered throughout the ground!

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/

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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