Hiking Mt. Lemmon

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Another shaded, delightful hike! The Aspen/Marshall Loop is near Summerhaven almost to the top of Mt. Lemmon. It’s a popular hike. Since the parking lot does not accommodate many cars, make an effort to get there early. During the week is better too. We drove through Summerhaven to the trailhead of Aspen and Marshall Gulch trails. The Arizona Trail follows Marshall Gulch so you could hike a portion of that trail too. Our choice was to take Marshall Gulch to the Aspen Trail, and then loop back to the parking lot. You can do the 4-mile hike in either direction. In both cases you go mostly up on the way and then mostly down on the way back.

The Marshall Gulch trail follows a stream that must be spring-fed since it was running. We saw a few colorful leaves and a few aspen still golden yellow, but most aspen leaves had already fallen to the forest floor. At the top, we were treated to spectacular,┬ápanoramic views looking out at Tucson. It was a little hazy in the distance still a “wow!” Large boulder outcroppings also added interest to the hike.

There is a pit toilet and trash bins at the start. Summerhaven has a few places to eat and shops. Fuel up in Tucson before you drive up the mountain; Summerhaven has no gas stations. Dogs are allowed on leash. You can find out more information about the hike here – Aspen/Marshall Loop.

November 3, 2017
Categories : RV travels
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