|when||Saturday, May 2, 2020|
|where||Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson|
Although the Aspen Loop Trail is one of the most scenic trails on Mt. Lemmon,
surprisingly, we have not done this hike since I last led it for the Motorola Hiking Club
way back in October, 2000. At least, not according to our trip reports archives.
One reason may be the time required to drive to the trailhead, but the 30-mile drive up the spectacular and breathtaking Catalina Highway is one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in all of Arizona. In this case the journey is as much of a factor as the destination itself and something to be savored and enjoyed as much as the hike.
From the Marshall Gulch Trailhead, we’ll start out on the Marshall Gulch Trail and hike that for 1.2 miles to the junction with the Aspen Trail and Wilderness of Rocks Trail.
Continue straight ahead and hike the Wilderness of Rocks Trail for 1.7 miles to the junction with the Lemmon Rock Lookout Trail. From there we will backtrack to the Aspen Trail Junction, hang a right, and continue on the Aspen Trail for 2.5 miles back to the Marshall Gulch Trailhead. Total hiking distance: 7.1 miles.
This hike offers everything from thick stands of quaking aspen to towering Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs to lush riparian areas to cool and shady canyons to soaring granite walls and unusual and sometimes bizarre rock formations to scenic and breathtaking overlooks.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||+-500' elevation change|
|elevations||7,500' at the trailhead to 8,000' at the Wilderness of Rocks Trail junction|
|starting at||Marshall Gulch Trailhead|
|on trail||100% — Marshall Gulch, Wilderness of Rocks, and Aspen Trails|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||$10 per vehicle for Catalina Highway Passes.
Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|leader||You must email the leader to confirm.|
|meet||7:00 AM in the parking lot south of Einstein Bros. Bagels on the SE corner of 48th Street & Ray Road, west of I-10. For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the west curb of the parking lot, not in the Einstein’s common parking area.|
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