for free!
show related photosets
Mint Spring Trail #20
8 Photosets

mini location map2022-07-03
8 by photographer avatarJim_H
photographer avatar
Mint Spring Trail #20Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking9.39 Miles 2,537 AEG
Hiking9.39 Miles
2,537 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
1st trip
An Independence Weekend hike on the Lemmon. Basically, a variation of the Shady Lemmon Loop hike, as shade is abundant on this loop if you hike counter clockwise. Great weather, and not very many people out considering the weekend. No traffic heading up, none coming down (after 9 pm) and no one using the BBQ grills at the picnic area when we got there around 7 PM. We grilled hotdogs and tri-tip after the hike. it was good.

Raspberries along Mint spring near the TH are in season. Perhaps early due to the abundant rain up here over the last few weeks. Everything is wet and all of the creeks, springs, seeps, and rocks seem to be running with water. I was able to filter some nice water from Lemmon Creek, and Mike and Brian sampled the fresh stuff from Quartzite Spring.

Believe it or not, the loss of the overly dense pine reproduction in the WOR seems to have been beneficial. Some older trees also died, but at least dog hair thicket is not in the cards at this point. Things actually looked really nice on the hike. Tons of penstemon and lots of hummingbirds, too.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lemmon Creek @ WOR #44 Medium flow Medium flow
Medium, as heavy is probably flood stage, which it may have been at recently judging by the grass and new sand bars.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mint Spring - Marshall Gulch Area Dripping Dripping
More of a seep, but with the current running water it would make no sense to use this.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Quartzite Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
A gusher, as always.

end of page marker