Preston was in need of a good first hike in the Catalina Mountains. I threw together what appeared to be a decent upper shuttle. Nick deciphered and led the way through this gem of a shuttle!
State Park Map in order we went
Aspen Draw 1.6m
Meadow Trail 0.8m
Lemmon Trail 0.7m + 2.4m
Wilderness of Rocks Trail 2.3m + 1.7m
Marshall Gulch 1.2m
Sunset Trail 1.6m
I finally had the opportunity to hike the trail James has been raving about to me for quite some time. It truly is an amazing area. If you haven't had the opportunity it's a worthy summer hike by all means! We topped out on Mount Lemmon to some nice distance views.
Next we headed over to the Meadow Trail. This was the highlight of my day/week/month hands down. It's too short to be considered a destination hike. It doesn't flaunt any stream. It probably isn't in anybody's top five list. It IS beautiful and any loop in the area should include the Meadow Trail without question. If I was a butterfly I'd live here...
Next up came the Lemmon Trail. This is a "nice tail". Although it didn't wow me too much, it did have similarities to Four Peaks.
Onward to the Wilderness of Rocks Trail. I've heard so many rave over this trail I was really looking forward to it. From the Lemmon Trail junction it takes off in true fashion to it's name. I didn't enjoy the rollercoaster ride through rocks due to an arduous canyon hike the previous day. Then it happened... the magic unleashed itself. Is it the bold stands of pines carpeted in ferns? Maybe... but Lemmon Creek are you kidding me! That was awesome, I had no clue there was a creek running over Tuscon in the SUMMER! Oh we cooled off at several crossings and filtered up for the remainder of the trip. What a life savor! Apparently it's not usually running in the Summer but I'm honored to have seen it once.
Oh does it ever end. Next stop. Marshall Gulch! You just can't go wrong with this bad boy.
We ended the shuttle with the Sunset Trail. Most seem to check this one off as a yawner but I've always enjoyed the shear canyon views and nostalgic cabins.
GPS 11.56miles 2552 AEG
Outstanding shuttle, I would seriously reconsider doing this as a follow up hike to Woods Canyon. The only reason I feel no pain is because I'm numb...