-- kenne Becoming is Superior to Being I come closest to succeeding by sharing. 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. As a result, photographing the fall colors will be limitedto Summerhaven and Ski Valley. Catalina, AZ 3 7.8 mi 12.6 km #3 Canada del Oro. I would recommend going east first, reverse of what i did. Also, I believe it's less steep going clockwise. If you only have time for a short hike on Mt Lemmon, this is a great trail. For an easier option, do the Lemmon Rock Loop by continuing onto Marshall Sadle (1.7 miles) to Aspen Trail (1.3 miles) and connect back to the Summit Trailhead by finishing out .5 miles on the Powerline Road. Oro Valley, AZ 12 0.9 mi 1.4 km #2 Meadow Trail. Today you can't access the Mt Lemmon trailhead (where Aspen Draw starts) by car. Today we were determined to find Aspen Trail or stay until we got it right! Lemmon remain closed after the Bighorn fire, leavingmany burn-scarred areas. It is more technical and the climb on the other side would be easier when you are tired. So, hop on the Mt. Also, we didn't know there would be a fee to park, but it is $5 for day use. Seven miles WITH the steep asphalt uphill should you choose to hit the pavement first. 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. The terrain was quite a bit more varied than I expected, which was nice to see. Started at 2:15pm and finished in under 4.5 hours with lots of pictures. 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. Several active stream crossings in Wilderness of Rocks. This moderate hike leads through an area of diverse habitats that include excellent examples of Canadian Zone riparian areas and ponderosa pine forests. 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. Difficulty: Difficult. Lemmon (October 8, 2020)  -- Images by kenne Most trails on Mt. Facebook; Twitter; WhatsApp; SMS; Email; Print; Save; Some areas along Catalina Highway on Mount Lemmon opened again Tuesday, Sept. 1, Forest Service … Lemmon #20081 Overall. It … I opt to return on Marsh Gulch #3 which descends immediately. Top of the Mountain. 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. The trail eventually reaches the head of a stream course. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. 127 Miles 205 Kilometers of Trail 1 Recommended Route 1 Easy Trail ; 17 Intermediate Trails ; 7 Difficult Trails ... 1.4 mi 2.3 km #10 Upper Aspen Trail #93. 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. 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… 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). You will hike Mint Springs trail for about 2 miles until you get to a junction with many options. Post a Comment. The ride up and back is spectacular, take turns driving up and down the mountain so you can sight see. Namely, Prison Camp, Bug Springs and the Bellota segment (east of the highway) of AZT . Access. Thick smoke and watery eyes but a once in a lifetime chance for sure! Please see the park website for more information. The trail starts right there by the shack. Aspen Draw is singletrack for almost all of the return downhill but because it’s so short, this is a loop you will probably want to do twice. Lemmon. ... in Mt. 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. From incredibly blue water to snowy mountain tops and miles of desert, the Grand Canyon State has a diverse landscape for adventurers to explore. Lemmon (October 8, 2020) -- Images by kenne Most trails on Mt. The Mint Spring Trail #20 is an excellent was to enjoy, or start, a day on the top of the mountain. Finally some good news coming off of the mountain. The trail offers a number of activity options. Aspen Meadow & Aspen Draw – Mt. Note that the road leading to this trailhead closes annually during winter. From 6.2 - 8.25 is mostly or undulating. Lemmon Fire Station, you can ride Aspen Meadow trail before Aspen Draw. One of the more popular summer hikes on Mt. If you're expecting to see Aspen, there's a small grove of young trees, but honestly the Aspen were bigger and prettier right off the parking lot and on the way up. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. This dog was one of a few visitors at the Inspiration Rock Picnic Area on Mt. 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. Hiking Mount Lemmon From cactus to conifers, hiking Mt Lemmon is the perfect year around past time. It would go from a grove of trees, to exposed areas with giant rocks, then a meadow with ferns, and back. Lemmon. Lemmon Fire Station, you can ride Aspen Meadow trail before Aspen Draw. OMG the bugs....for most of the trail!! 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! The Aspen Trail, FS #93, takes off to the left and the right (north and south). The Aspen Trail boulders are great for summer bouldering, probably the best in town. Watch for any thunderstorms since you're high in elevation. Half a mile from the saddle, elevation 8,140 feet, is the most advantageous place to initiate the climb. In the summer it seems everyone out hiking has their dog with them! Lots of areas with nice huge boulders and rock formations. Areas burned in the 2003 Aspen Fire are coming back nicely as group of kids make their way through the green forest of Marshall Gulch on Mount Lemmon north of … Brought trekking poles, not necessary in the first half, definitely useful as i got tired. Carter Canyon itself is a good climb if you're hiking up that road after looping from Aspen Draw Trail perhaps. 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. The one I did and am writing about would have you take Aspen trail back to town. 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. Purification of water is recommended prior to use. 1207 Mint SpringBox amid the rocks - full when this picture was taken - and there was still mint growing near the spring! 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. I opt to return on Marsh Gulch #3 which descends immediately. There is … Catalina, AZ Intermediate. Under the #44 sign reads "This area has been impacted by overuse, please practice low impact back country ethics". Much narrower than the beginning but the decent has lots of cutbacks. Some trails which are currently closed are Mount Lemmon Trail #5, Marshall Gulch trail #3, Aspen Trail #4 and others. Mile 0 to 2 was wide open vistas, easy trail (4- wheeler wide). Catalina, AZ Difficult. 1.4 mi 2.3 km #10 Upper Aspen Trail #93. Early Aspen Colors on Mt. To the south on the Aspen Trail it is 2.5 miles back to the parking area at the picnic area. Lemmon is the loop beginning and ending at the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area at the end of Sabino Canyon Park Road, the narrow paved road that runs through the village of Summerhaven. Namely, Prison Camp, Bug Springs and the Bellota segment (east of the highway) of AZT . Turn right at the only junction, which is Turkey Run Road. The "new" trail tracks higher on the southwest slope of the mountain. Mt. These are the ONLY trails that are open. Login or Sign Up. 0. Water can be found in Marshall Gulch year-round. (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, Mint Spring #20, and the Wilderness of Rock Trail #44. The area near the Mint Spring Trail was heavily impacted by the Aspen Fire in 2003 – the large trees that once surrounded this trail are largely gone, but you will find interesting views, passageways thru the Aspens and short shaded sections under the remaining trees. Enter your email to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. Trails connecting are Marshall Gulch #3, the continuation of the Aspen #93 up to the top of Mt. A favorite of mine is to continue west along the top of the ridge towards the parking lot near the true top of Mount Lemmon towards the Meadow/Mount Lemmon Trail. They're harmless to the dogs but they sure do look weird. Recent rains plus rail while hiking had some creeks following pretty well. The trail is extremely easy to follow, and gradually gains elevation for the first mile. The Aspen Trail boulders are great for summer bouldering, probably the best in town. 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! The dogs got those freaky looking eye flies. Clips from the Aspen Draw trail in August of 2013. Difficult. Lemmon A wonderful, cool ride, and fun descent, but not incredibly long. Lemmon. This will keep you in the shade all day. Last Friday all the trails that had been closed since last years Aspen Fire were reopened. Probably not elusive to most people, but for some reason unbeknowst to us, we have failed to find this trail not once but twice. Note: As of December 2020, this trail is closed due to wildfire damage. The descent back up Lemmon Rock Lookout Trail is very strenuous. Aspen Draw Difficult. Punchin’ Doggies on Mt. May 7, 2015 near Catalina, AZ. Distraction Limited – These photos contain Aspen Trail pictures from the 1970s – a fascinating look back at this area!! About mile 2.5 you begin a steady decent about 3000 feet until about mile 5.5. Today you can't access the Mt Lemmon trailhead (where Aspen Draw starts) by car. Tons of bugs, so watch out! Good steep climbs to finish. There is an elevation change from 7400' to 8200' and the … 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). Aug 31, 2019 near Oracle, AZ. Labor Day 2012 ride atop Mount Lemmon on the Aspen Meadow (shown here) and the Aspen Draw trails. Lemmon is the loop beginning and ending at the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area at the end of Sabino Canyon Park Road, the narrow … 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. The Coronado National Forest opened a select few trails, vistas, picnic and day-use areas at the beginning of the month. Lemmon - 24. The Aspen Trail has been rerouted since the USGS Mt. 6.5 mi 10.4 km #1 Romero Canyon Trail. 8,200; Population. It goes above the three line in spots. Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!). A lovely creek, big views over Tucson (and the entire Mt. Lemmon First published June, 2015. Under the #44 sign reads "This area has been impacted by overuse, please practice low impact back country ethics". The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. 1404 Snow Hiding under a Pine Tree high on the Aspen Trail14142688833_aaf8baa2c2_b, 2014 April Mint Spring, Marshall Gulch, Aspen Trail, 1404 Aspens on the Mint Spring Trail13772274924_6f5f1a992a_b, 1404 Young Pines Along the Aspen Trail13771914183_6bb9dd4958_b, 1404 Thimble and Brinkley from the Aspen Trail13771909043_87c65db82b_b, 1404 Running on the Aspen Trail13771904203_b30a7fa40b_b, 2013 December Mint Spring and Aspen Trail, 1312 Near the start of the Mint Spring Trail11649330655_4cc686e377_b, 1312 Aspen Trail Sign11649307575_21d77ab4ba_b, 1312 Near the Ski Lift11649644664_f3a078a375_b, 1312 Summit Trailhead11649298445_8fa341442f_b, 1312 Down the Aspen Trail11649541533_801eb1797a_b, 1312 Bear Canyon Sunset11649653064_201eefee23_b, 2012 July Mint Sprint Trail and Aspen Loop, 1207 Mint Spring Trail Sign7629818150_a88cd648d6_b. All of the trails in the area are dog friendly. Along this part of the route the pathway literally sparkles with flakes of mica and quartz. Lemmon remain closed after the Bighorn fire, leavingmany burn-scarred areas. As a result, photographing the fall colors will be limitedto Summerhaven and Ski Valley. Show Breakdown 3.4 from 5 … As an added perk one can take the ski lift back down to the Ski Valley parking lot if one's knees are sore. What a beautiful trail. 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. Nice hike with some great views. Length 9.7 miElevation gain 2368 ftRoute type Loop Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching running Views Wildlife The first half mile people were wandering all over the place but after that i ran into only 7 people the entire 10 miles. Lemmon on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2020. Add Your Trails. Lemmon - 44. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Josh Galemore / Arizona Daily Star . There are no tree blazes, but about 18" cairns scattered and some downed branches blocking what look like paths. Overview; Agua Caliente Hill Trail; Blackett’s Ridge; La Milagrosa Trail; La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyon Trail Loop; Mount Lemmon Trail. The Marshal Gulch Trail #3 is a segment of the Arizona Trail. Tom McElroy-Wild Survival Recommended for you 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. It follows the small permanent stream down, jumping from one side to the other. Lemmon classics as Red and Samaniego Ridges I was compelled to launch a reconnaissance to survey, for myself, the state of the mountains recovery. Little to no water until the 6 mile mark going west do bring that, and i wore hiking boots as it is pretty rocky but trail runners might be fine. Parking is at the trail-head off of Bear Canyon Rd. 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. 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. The official trailhead is about 0.1 miles into the Mt. We went beginning of August, and with the lack of tree coverage it was maybe a little too hot for us. 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. Hiking Aspen #93 and Marshall Gulch on Mt. Difficult. Oro Valley, AZ Difficult. 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. Small aspens grow in the canyon. 1207 Pleasing Fungus Beetle LarvaeWhen I originally posted this I made the comment that follows this - since then I have learned that these are Pleasing Fungus Beetle Larvae. Watch in 1080p. The US Forest Service has opened a few trails on the lower mountain. Contact Us : Aspen Trail #93 . (Printed Map) Southern Arizona Hiking Club Maps, The Santa Catalina Mountains, A Guide to the Trails and Routes, Forest Road 18 to Radio Ridge, Summer, Winter – MVUM – 5/15/2018, 6/24/2018, 1/14/2019, Aspen Draw, Summerhaven, Mint Spring, Aspen Loop – 5/15/2018, Miami Fire Pictures from Summerhaven – 4/18/2014, Aspen Draw, Aspen and Marshall Gulch Trail Loop – 12/19/2014, Mint Spring, Wilderness of Rock, Aspen, Aspen Draw Loop – 9/7/2014, Mint Spring, Marshall Gulch, Aspen Trail – 2014/4/10, Mint Spring and Aspen Trails – 2013/12/29. The trail climbs and winds thru the Aspens – there are good views of upper Sabino Canyon, sections of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness and Tucson. The bugs are worth the bother because it it drop dead gorgeous. These are the ONLY trails that are open. Aspen Loop Trail #93, located near Coronado National Forest, Arizona is a 3.5 mile hiking, horseback riding, trail running and walking trail with a top elevation of 9026 feet. The last three were pretty tough in some spots but this was a fun and awesome hike. We went during the Big Horn Fire. Wow! Tanque Verde, AZ Difficult. Did this trail today starting on Mt Lemmon trail finishing with Aspen Trail. The mileages and elevations below are approximate (don't expect the values below to match your GPS exactly). Ah, the ever elusive Aspen Trail #93. Early Aspen Colors on Mt. Add Your Photos. 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 trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Finding Fall on Mount Lemmon’s Aspen Trail #93. on October 10, 2015 mount lemmon tucson 1810 views add comment share. 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. Some Trails opening on Mt. The lower elevation trails take you through hills and jagged canyons accented by cactus, manzanita and oak, and are great for hiking from mid fall through spring time. Please see the park website for more information. This trail can also be accessed from Sabino … Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles). ... Aspen Trail #4 and others. Aspen Trail – Mt. Difficult. From about that 5.5 mark the trail is pretty narrow and you need to pay attention because it can disappear. I was hoping there would be more tree coverage than there actually was, based on the few pictures that are posted to this loop. The Wilderness of Rocks Trail, FS #44, continues straight ahead (west). Beautiful views, bit warmer of a day than expected. Having never been to this area, and with the lack of written reviews it was hard to know what to expect. 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. Aspen Trail, Mt. It was 30 degrees cooler at the summit than in Tucson and dropped to mid-50s by the time i finished. Trails connecting are Marshall Gulch #3, the continuation of the Aspen #93 up to the top of Mt. To the north it is 1.3 miles and 1000 feet of gain to the top of Radio Ridge. Finally some good news coming off of the mountain. Solo Survival: How to Survive Alone in the Wilderness for 1 week --Eastern Woodlands - Duration: 34:07. You need to stop and pick your head up a bit to stay with the trail but it is not bad. This dog was one of a few visitors at the Inspiration Rock Picnic Area on Mt. Lemmon, Mint Spring #20, and the Wilderness of Rock Trail #44. [Waypoint ap01]. Get ready for a work out. Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1856 ft Route type Out & back. It's a very well worn in trail with a small metal sign marking the start. 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. In winter (December 15 to March 1 depending on the weather) the final 0.5 miles of the drive (Marshall Gulch Road) will often be closed to vehicles, there is limited parking off the road near the gate. Mount Lemmon Trail to Aspen Trail Loop is a 9.7 mile loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. 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! Ah, the ever elusive Aspen Trail #93. Explore more in our professional, high quality trail guides and outdoor reviews. 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. This hike is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. Lemmon, Tucson Hike: This is a short 3.7 mile, gentle hike through the mountain forests. (Printed Map) Green Trails - Recreation Map - Santa Catalina Mountains. Tanque Verde, AZ 4 Show More Trails Photos of Mt. Lemmon on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2020. 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