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Aspen Trail #93, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,440 feet
Elevation Gain 1,550 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.7
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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8  2018-08-30
Mount Lemmon Loop - Lemmon / WOR / Aspen
12  2018-03-17
Mount Lemmon Loop - Lemmon / WOR / Aspen
7  2017-08-26
Mount Lemmon Loop - Lemmon / WOR / Aspen
6  2017-07-22
Sunset-Aspen-Marshall Loop
7  2017-06-04
Mt Lemmon Figure 8
15  2017-06-04
Mt Lemmon Figure 8
2  2016-07-24
Sunset Trail #90 - Catalina
15  2016-07-09
Mt Lemmon Fig. 8 WOR
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Preferred   Aug, Sep, Jun, Jul → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:51am - 5:24pm
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Nearby Area Water
Aspen / Marshall Loop
Aspen / Marshall Loop
same trailhead
3.5 mi
1,015 ft
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio Ridge
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio Ridge
same trailhead
8.6 mi
2,482 ft
Marshall Gulch Trail #3
Marshall Gulch Trail #3
0.0 mi away
1.2 mi
594 ft
Oracle Ridge - AZT #12
Oracle Ridge - AZT #12
0.0 mi away
15.5 mi
1,840 ft
Upper Lemmon Canyon & Pools
Upper Lemmon Canyon & Pools
0.0 mi away
8.0 mi
1,600 ft
Marshall Peak - Santa Catalinas
0.7 mi away
305 ft
Butterfly Trail #16 - Catalina
Butterfly Trail #16 - Catalina
0.9 mi away
5.1 mi
1,797 ft
Sunset Trail #90 - Catalina
Sunset Trail #90 - Catalina
0.9 mi away
3.2 mi
372 ft
Wilderness of Rocks #44
Wilderness of Rocks #44
1.0 mi away
4.0 mi
1,300 ft
Mint Spring Trail #20
Mint Spring Trail #20
1.0 mi away
1.7 mi
493 ft
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Catalina on my Mind
by HAZ_Hikebot

The loop formed by these two trails is one of the most heavily used upper elevation routes into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. This moderate hike leads through an area of diverse habitats that include excellent examples of Canadian Zone riparian areas and ponderosa pine forests. If you're a bit of an amateur naturalist, you might want to bring a guide to Arizona's trees as well. You'll see quite a few different species along this trail which changes aspect and life zones as it loops around a false summit of Marshall Peak. You'll find aspens here, of course, but you'll also pass by Douglas-fir and white fir, Gambel and silverleaf oak, madrone and more.

Notable sights along this view-rich trail include the bare granite walls of the uppermost reaches of Sabino Canyon, through which the first half mile or so of the Aspen Trail passes. Along this part of the route the pathway literally sparkles with flakes of mica and quartz. After taking in the wide angle overlooks at Lunch Ledge and Marshall Saddle, both of which include overlooks of the Wilderness of Rock area, towering Lemmon Rock, and Romero Pass, take the Marshall Gulch Trail back to your starting point. It leads down a cool, shady canyon which is usually well stocked with wildflowers and pleasant little pools.

Attractions: Great views, scenic canyon, cool mountain setting, fall colors and easy access!

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

Coronado Forest
MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Marshall Gulch Trailhead
From Tucson, at the intersection of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway, go North on the Catalina Highway just over 30 miles. You will pass the small community of Summerhaven. The road ends at Marshall Gulch picnic area. You really can't miss it, it's all the way to the end. The parking is limited so come early!

Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 26 miles through Summerhaven to the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. All roads are paved, but chains or 4-wheel drive may be required in winter because of snow. The trailhead is at the end of the road. You'll have to walk the last couple of hundred yards in winter when the road into the picnic area is gated closed.
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