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Lemmon Rock Trail #12, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,500 feet
Elevation Gain 1,614 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,632 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.74
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Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 7:25pm
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🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
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Lemmon Drawhp!
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Likely In-Season!
This trail extends from a trailhead just below Mt. Lemmon's summit and the Wilderness of Rock deep within that picturesque area of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. It is a very steep trail, earning its most difficult rating by dropping 2,000 feet in a short two miles. The views are worth it, though, especially since the most expansive of them can be seen from a rocky overlook at the top of Lemmon Rock at the end of a short spur off the main trail. From this overlook, which also serves as the location for a historic Forest Service lookout cabin, you can see much of southeastern Arizona and northern Sonora Mexico.

Closer at hand, the views are just as impressive. Rappel Rock, the saw-toothed edge of Pusch Ridge, and the upper reaches of Sabino Canyon are some of the features that make up the panorama.

The point at which the spur to the lookout and the main trail part company is plainly marked. From this junction, the Lemmon Rock Trail drops steeply through a shady stand of ponderosa pines. At various points, the tree canopy opens to provide views of the spectacular rock formations which form the upper limit of the Wilderness of Rock. Included are close-up views of Rappel Rock and the Ravens. The trail becomes eroded and rocky as it nears its junction with the Wilderness of Rock Trail #44 at Lemmon Creek, which offers the only dependable water along this route.

Attractions: Marvelous views, accessible overlook, challenging trail, and access to Wilderness of Rock!

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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.

Permit $$
Visit overview & permits.
2022 - FAQ
$8 per vehicle per day
$10 per vehicle per week
$40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

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.

2022 Catalina State Park
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/bicycle: $3.00

2022 Sabino Canyon Tram is $15 extra. [ website ]

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 hike
Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 28 miles, past Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, to the power substation on Radio Ridge. Hike west on the trail to a dirt road. Hike down the road to the trail junction.

The Catalina Highway is paved and suitable for passenger cars. Observatory Road is an all-weather graveled road. Both roads may be snow-covered in winter; when conditions suck, you may require chains or 4-wheel drive. Observatory Road beyond Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is not maintained for public use during the winter. It is closed when snow-covered or icy.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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