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Lemmon Pools Aspen Trail, AZ
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Lemmon Pools Aspen Trail, AZ 
Lemmon Pools Aspen Trail, AZ
Hiking9.95 Miles 2,108 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   8 Hrs   3 Mns   1.53 mph
2,108 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
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It is that time of year again to check out Lemmon Pool in the Wilderness of Rocks in the Catalina Mountains. I have been coming up here for almost 60 years and I never get tired of it. Ginny and I headed up to Marshall Gulch early took the Marshall Gulch Trail and Wilderness of Rocks Trail to the pool then returned via the Aspen Trail. The weather was a cool 60 degrees when we started with not a cloud in the sky. There were 4 cars in the parking lot when we arrived around 8.

Marshall Gulch Trail

This Trail was in good condition with lots of growth from the monsoons but not obscuring the trail, which I would have expected of these trails since they are heavily used. The old trail use to follow along the creek for some distance up the canyon but now climbs up along the hillside north of the creek. The old trail is still there for those who want to take the scenic route along the creek. Not sure of its condition since I didn’t take it on this trip but last year it looked like it was heavily used. Marshall Creek had a good flow.

Wilderness of Rocks Trail

This trail is timeless, hasn’t changed much at all. The scenery around the trail has changed but the tread remains the same. A few deadfalls along the trail but nothing major. Every stream crossing had water that increased in flow as more and more side canyons emptied into Lemmon Creek. No issues crossing the streams, rock hopping keeps you dry. We left the trail just before the final crossing of Lemmon Creek and headed toward what I call flying saucer rock, just west of that is the small side canyon that takes you down to the pool. Good flow in the creek. We ate lunch at the pool, took a short dip and headed back. Before hitting the trail though we stopped at a rock formation overlooking the city then climbed up flying saucer rock to take in the views of the Wilderness of Rock area.

Aspen Trail

“The old Aspen Trail she ain’t what she use to be”. To change things up a bit we took the lower Aspen Trail back to Marshall Gulch. Very nice trail in good condition but then it is quite heavily used. The trail is not as scenic as it use to be but it is still worth taking. The views are better now that all the trees have been cleared out. Portions of the trail were untouched by the fire so there were sections of old pine. The recovery vegetation is thick and green from the monsoons, Common Mullein was plentiful, some of it 8 feet tall. The lower part of the trail is truly a jungle but the trail is clear of brush.
Very few people on the trail probably saw 5 groups of hikers all day. The usual mountain Flowers were plentiful. One person we met was interested in mushrooms and there were quite a few.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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