Difficult. Hiking Mount Lemmon From cactus to conifers, hiking Mt Lemmon is the perfect year around past time. I've passed by a few trees that were obviously struck by lightning, so try not to be out if you clouds on the horizon or know how to place yourself so lightning will hit the trees rather than you. Watch in 1080p. Lemmon - 44. This moderate hike leads through an area of diverse habitats that include excellent examples of Canadian Zone riparian areas and ponderosa pine forests. 0. Josh Galemore / Arizona Daily Star . The Mint Spring Trail #20 is an excellent was to enjoy, or start, a day on the top of the mountain. Lemmon classics as Red and Samaniego Ridges I was compelled to launch a reconnaissance to survey, for myself, the state of the mountains recovery. Overall a very interesting and pretty trail. Lemmon area), an aspen forest, and cool temps make this a great hike on a summer day. From the dirt pullout, continue to ride up the paved road a few hundred yards, and you’ll see a parking lot on your left, with restrooms, etc. ... in Mt. So, hop on the Mt. -- kenne I opt to return on Marsh Gulch #3 which descends immediately. The Aspen Trail, FS #93, takes off to the left and the right (north and south). The Aspen Trail #93 is a popular trail – winding thru a forest of Aspens and Pines – grown over with ferns in the summer and covered in snow in the winter – and so many great views! Mount Lemmon Lookout Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Lemmon, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Labor Day 2012 ride atop Mount Lemmon on the Aspen Meadow (shown here) and the Aspen Draw trails. It follows the small permanent stream down, jumping from one side to the other. There are no tree blazes, but about 18" cairns scattered and some downed branches blocking what look like paths. Regardless of the time of year parking can be a challenge on popular holidays/weekends. Aspen Meadow Trailhead: If you’d like to tack on a bit more of a ride with some climbing, and a great detour to the Mt. 0. Good steep climbs to finish. Lemmon, Tucson, AZ Views early on from the Aspen Trail : The Aspen Trail is another great starting hike that connects with a number of other trails at the Marshall Gulch Saddle in the Catalina Mountains. The trail offers a number of activity options. Much narrower than the beginning but the decent has lots of cutbacks. Aspen Trail – Mt. 1.4 mi 2.3 km #10 Upper Aspen Trail #93. Lemmon, Tucson Hike: This is a short 3.7 mile, gentle hike through the mountain forests. Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!). Aspen Trail; Aspen Draw Trail; Lemmon Rock Trail; Meadow Trail; Marshall Gulch Trail; Mint Spring Trail; Red Ridge Trail; Sunset Trail; Close; City’s Edge Hikes. Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Saw a pair of eagles at about 6.4. Some Trails opening on Mt. As the hike begins, it basically follows the contours of the northeast side of Mount Lemmon underneath towering Douglas firs, quaking aspens, ponderosa pines, and the occasional Englemann blue spruce. The Aspen Trail has been rerouted since the USGS Mt. Catalina, AZ Intermediate. These are the ONLY trails that are open. Lemmon (October 8, 2020) -- Images by kenne Most trails on Mt. From about that 5.5 mark the trail is pretty narrow and you need to pay attention because it can disappear. Probably not elusive to most people, but for some reason unbeknowst to us, we have failed to find this trail not once but twice. Difficult. I was hoping there would be more tree coverage than there actually was, based on the few pictures that are posted to this loop. Aspen Meadow & Aspen Draw – Mt. Aug 31, 2019 near Oracle, AZ. I started the trail going west first. If one does the entire loop it adds about 2 miles to the Aspen Draw hike. Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles). It goes above the three line in spots. It … 2.5 miles, 8000′: The trail comes to a junction with the, 3.3 miles, 8600′: The trail reaches a flat spot with Aspens and good views before the last climb/switchbacks up to Radio Ridge. It was 30 degrees cooler at the summit than in Tucson and dropped to mid-50s by the time i finished. Mount Lemmon, Wilderness of Rocks, and Aspen Trails Loop is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail then heads down for about a mile and a half. Login or Sign Up. The ride up and back is spectacular, take turns driving up and down the mountain so you can sight see. When you are on top of Mt Lemmon at over 8,000 ft, the desert is gone and you find yourself in the middle of aspen forrests and beautiful streams. Started at 2:15pm and finished in under 4.5 hours with lots of pictures. Intermediate. I recommend going clockwise so you most of the rock structures at the beginning rather than the end. 4.0 miles, 9050′: Pass the signed start of the, 4.2 miles, 9050′: Pass by a gate and into the, 2017/8/15 – Added posts from HikeLemmon to Resources, 2017/8/10 – Another gpx update with a hand edit of the track and elevation from Google, stats updates also, 2017/8/8 – Updated gpx and description to better reflect the signed Summit Trailhead and Mount Lemmon Recreation Area locations, 2015/1/13 – Added PDF Trail Map and Description, 2015/1/12 – Updated gpx – new waypoint names, small description adjustments, 2014/12/21 – New snow picture, re-write description, added a number of missing links, tweaks to cue list. They're harmless to the dogs but they sure do look weird. Please see the park website for more information. 1404 East Ridge of Bear Canyon and East Ridge of SabinoA great view from high on the Aspen Trail - left to right on the ridge against Tucson - Gibbon Mountain, Thimble, Saddleback, Blackett's! Aspen Meadow Trailhead: If you’d like to tack on a bit more of a ride with some climbing, and a great detour to the Mt. From 5.5 to 6.2 is a bit if a climb, that took my breath (elevation is a real thing). The trail starts right there by the shack. These are the ONLY trails that are open. Lemmon quad was published in 1981. [Waypoint ap01]. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Continue to the NW on a worn path past several buildings. Facebook; Twitter; WhatsApp; SMS; Email; Print; Save; Some areas along Catalina Highway on Mount Lemmon opened again Tuesday, Sept. 1, Forest Service … Also, we didn't know there would be a fee to park, but it is $5 for day use. Thick smoke and watery eyes but a once in a lifetime chance for sure! The US Forest Service has opened a few trails on the lower mountain. Oro Valley, AZ Difficult. Address: E Ski Run Rd, Mt Lemmon, Arizona. Contact Us : Aspen Trail #93 . Turn right at the only junction, which is Turkey Run Road. One of the more popular summer hikes on Mt. The trail eventually reaches the head of a stream course. OMG the bugs....for most of the trail!! Catalina, AZ 3 7.8 mi 12.6 km #3 Canada del Oro. Mile 0 to 2 was wide open vistas, easy trail (4- wheeler wide). The Marshal Gulch Trail #3 is a segment of the Arizona Trail. A good summer day can be had by climbing at the AM/PM Wall in the morning, heading over to the Mango Boulder in the afternoon, and finishing the day off at the River Boulder. Lemmon on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2020. Ah, the ever elusive Aspen Trail #93. Lemmon First published June, 2015. Post a Comment. Lemmon trail, which is located at the top of the road (Observation Road) that goes right past Ski Valley. A lovely creek, big views over Tucson (and the entire Mt. It's a very well worn in trail with a small metal sign marking the start. Lemmon on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2020. Continue thru Summerhaven on Sabino Canyon Parkway - most of the year you can drive 1.2 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. Starting on Marshall Gulch Trail #3, hike up a gentle grade in deep shade next to a creek—even the hotter days are more comfortable here than on most other trails. As a result, photographing the fall colors will be limitedto Summerhaven and Ski Valley. When the conditions allow, ski 21 runs in the winter or ride the ski lift for a scenic ride to the top of Mount Lemmon in the summertime. The Meadow trail exists as a small alternative route to the beginning of the Mt. You can experience the canyons, deep woods, and streams that contrast so sharply with the desert you left less than an … If you are driving from Tucson, it will take approximately one hour and 20 minutes to reach the trailhead after you wind your way up to Mount Lemmon… Took us 6 hours and 2300 calories :) Add Your Trails. 1207 Coumbine along the Mint Spring TrailThe closed flowers remind me of a mythical animal - perhaps guarding the flowers... 1207 Sea of FernsFerns flourishing in an area scorched by the Aspen fire. The official trailhead is about 0.1 miles into the Mt. The Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail head is located high up on Mount Lemmon not too far from its Summit. Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1856 ft Route type Out & back. Oro Valley, AZ 12 0.9 mi 1.4 km #2 Meadow Trail. Located at 8,200 feet, Summerhaven was rebuilt after the devastating Aspen Fire of 2003, and is one of only three communities the AZT passes through the middle of. Mount Lemmon Ski Valley (10300 E. Ski Run Rd. The Mint Spring Trail leaves from this trailhead – to get to the start of the trail continue west (away from Summerhaven) from the parking area on a dirt road for a short distance (towards, but not onto, private property) – the trail leaves the road to the south (left, marked with a brown trail marker). About mile 2.5 you begin a steady decent about 3000 feet until about mile 5.5. (note; this trail-head is not accessed from the Mt Lemmon Highway) This trail is used to access 7 Falls, as well as Sycamore Resrevoir #39 and East Fork Trail #24a. Lemmon A wonderful, cool ride, and fun descent, but not incredibly long. Small aspens grow in the canyon. Marshall Gulch Loop and Aspen trail give you a nice and mostly easy hike, mainly in the shade of trees with several stream crossings which are easy to do when there is not too much water. The Forest Service reopened a few recreation sites on the mountain on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2020, following a weeks-long closure because of the Bighorn Fire. Punchin’ Doggies on Mt. Why You Need To Go: The views are … Brought trekking poles, not necessary in the first half, definitely useful as i got tired. Early Aspen Colors on Mt. 2014/9/13 – Added several new pictures, updated several captions and rearranged. Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Loop Trail, Lemmon Lookout, Wilderness of Rocks, and Mount Lemmon Trail Loop [CLOSED], Meadow and Mount Lemmon Trail #5 Loop [CLOSED], Mint Spring Trail to Sabino Canyon via Wilderness of Rocks and West Fork Trail, Mount Lemmon, Hutch's Pool, Sabino Canyon Trail, Marble Peak via Oracle Ridge Trail [CLOSED], Aspen Draw, Aspen and Marshall Gulch Trail [CLOSED], Mint Spring, Marshall Gulch, Sabino Canyon Loop, Aspen Draw Trail via E Turkey Run Road [CLOSED], Mount Lemmon, Wilderness of Rocks, and Aspen Trails Loop. 1207 Trail Junction7630113084_25d927bf2c_b, 1207 Rain on the Marshall Gulch Trail7633847142_cc6065572c_b, 1207 Running in the Rain7633690708_37e7f8d428_b, 1207 Mist rising from Sabino Canyon7633694172_23d62dd00e_b, 1207 Aspen Trail in the Rain7633698590_fae665c42a_b, 1207 Looking down on the Sabino East Ridge and Brinkley Point7633701212_c3a6295823_b, 1207 Cathedral Rock, Mount Kimball and Table Mountain7633708040_6dbcfdea44_b. Once you get out from Marshall's Gulch it really opens up and you can enjoy the view and spending time with the wonderful girl you're with even on the windiest day of the year. Please see the park website for more information. Lemmon Road Conditions Managed by Pima County (520) 547-7510. All of the trails in the area are dog friendly. + 1. verindra (Sep 1, 2019 at 12:34) There's a big Aspen down across the trail about 3/4 from the top to the gravel road finish. Under the #44 sign reads "This area has been impacted by overuse, please practice low impact back country ethics". Clips from the Aspen Draw trail in August of 2013. Note that the road leading to this trailhead closes annually during winter. As a purveyor of tall tales on such Mt. Got to see it from up above. From the dirt pullout, continue to ride up the paved road a few hundred yards, and you’ll see a parking lot on your left, with restrooms, etc. Lemmon (October 8, 2020)  -- Images by kenne Most trails on Mt. 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