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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.

24 days 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!

2 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.

3 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.

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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beautiful, wild country minutes from Tucson.

24 days ago

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