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Mount Lemmon Loop - Lemmon / WOR / AspenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2016
rvcarter
Hiking8.85 Miles 2,654 AEG
Hiking8.85 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns   1.91 mph
2,654 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break
 
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What's left of the Friday hiking group (the rest have fled the heat) ventured to Mt. Lemmon for the loop that never fails to deliver. Marshall Gulch, Aspen, Lemmon Rock Lookout, and Wilderness of Rocks Trails in counterclockwise loop. Lots of folks on the trails, but relatively peaceful from LRL on. Beautiful, cool day, except for the warm hike back up WOR to the Marshall Saddle.

One of our goals today was to explore the Summit Crags off Mt. Lemmon #5 for future climbing outings. Frank and I dropped down from the Trail #5 just past the metal shed and headed down toward Rappel Rock, the dominant rock feature in the area, passing Avalon on along the way. The other two proceeded down Lemmon Rock Lookout Tr. The plan was to meet up again where the LRL trail crosses a small drainage that almost always has water in it; in fact it is the only place normally with any water along this trail.

The bushwhack down to and past Avalon Rock and Rappel Rock is an experience all its own. Past Rappel Rock, the going is very difficult because of thick Oak bushes, but at least there are no locusts or thorny bushes. We bailed on going all the way down the clogged and rugged drainage and cut up to intersect the LRL trail and met up with the others at the planned spot.

So, we had one winner (Avalon Rock is not difficult to reach and has lots of sport routes in our wheelhouse), and one loser (I would not climb down to Rappel Rock again. Too hard with gear and all trad climbing anyway, which I'm not proficient at).

Plenty of water at the stream crossing on LRL and all along WOR. Great day out with good friends, probably the last organized hike till mid October because of of travel, etc.

In a little bit of a funk right now; heard this AM of a good friend's passing. Remembering yesterday helps.
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