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Mt Lemmon Figure 8, AZ
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Mt Lemmon Figure 8, AZ 
Mt Lemmon Figure 8, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
Hiking14.26 Miles 3,483 AEG
Hiking14.26 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   2.01 mph
3,483 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
Whitney and I were needing a day away from the heat, husbands, and children, so a trip to Mt Lemmon was in order. In July 2014, Whitney & I hiked the Aspen Marshall superloop together, which was her first non-South Mtn hike with me; we were wanting to return to Lemmon to mark the two years. I told her those trails would be too easy for her now, so came up with something which incorporated our favorite parts of the original hike, but added some distance.

After following an annoyingly slow car ALL THE WAY up the mountain (gas pedal is on the right, use it!!!) we parked at the Marshall Gulch trailhead and got started. Nice cool morning, with plenty of clouds, but nothing that looked too gloomy. We headed up Marshall Gulch, and enjoyed the sound of running water nearly all the way up to the saddle. At the saddle, we went up the upper half of the Aspen trail and took it to the top, with a quick snack about halfway up. At the top, we headed west toward the parking lot, and picked up the Meadow trail. The clouds were a little darker at the top, but still no rain. The breeze felt great, but with the humidity, the views weren't great.

Our original plan was to come down Lemmon Rock trail, but at the top, Whitney said she wanted to come down Mount Lemmon trail to make a longer loop. After Meadow, we followed Lemmon around and down to Wilderness of Rocks. By then, most of the clouds were gone, and it was muggy, but still not too bad. I had never been on WoR before, and enjoyed it a lot. Water was running most of the way, and the scenery was very nice. It was a little warm getting back up to the saddle, so we took a break and had a snack when we reached it. We headed back to the car via the lower half of Aspen trail, which was a nice easy way to finish up the hike.

We saw very few people all day--probably less than twenty total. Not much in the way of wildlife--mostly squirrels, a toad, and a horned lizard. Great hike today, and perfect weather. I had the pleasure of getting stuck behind an even slower driver most of the way back down the mountain. And it never ceases to amaze me that I can drive from Tukee to the Grant exit in Tucson in about 75 minutes, but from there, it takes me another 75-90 minutes to get to the top of Lemmon. That reason alone is probably why I don't hike on Lemmon more often.
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