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Marshall Gulch Trail #3 - 32 members in 124 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 13 2019
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Upper Lemmon Canyon & PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2019
kingsnake
Hiking8.51 Miles 1,538 AEG
Hiking8.51 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.15 mph
1,538 ft AEG
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As I discovered on the Potato Patch Loop [ photoset ] , in the Hualapai Mountains, two weeks ago, is that I am out of elevation gain shape. Too many flat hikes spinkled between my neighborhood walks. And Mount Lemmon’s trails are all about elevation gain (AEG). ⛰

After digging around, I hit upon the idea of an out-and-back hike on Marshall Gulch Trail #3 and Wilderness of Rocks Trail #44 to the Upper Lemmon Canyon Pools. There would be decent mountain temps, shade, enough AEG to stretch my current limit, and a nice payoff at the end. (Actually, midway.)

There’s not much parking at the Marshall Gulch trailhead, and when my wife & I arrived at 9:00 a.m. it was already full. (On a Friday!)

As I was waiting for my crappy Garmin 62S to find satellites, another hiker remarked that there were no flies in the pit toilet. I responded, “Because the stench killed them.” 😁

It quite lush lower down on Marshall Gulch Trail #3. Higher up, it starts catching a little more sun, as burnt areas higher up on Mount Lemmon expose the trail as it meanders through fern patches and infant pine trees.

At Marshall Saddle, there is a 5-way trail intersection, but there were enough signs, it was obvious which way to go. (I saw quite a few older folks hiking the Aspen Trail #93 loop.)

Despite being a hair shallower than Marshall Gulch Trail #3, Wilderness of Rocks Trail #44 felt steeper. Besides the huge boulder formations which give the wilderness its name, the surrounding terrain was piney & more open, low to the ground. There were a number of good sitting logs that came in handy on the return trip. 🌲

I thought about scrambling up several formations in Lemmon Canyon, but decided I needed the energy to actually climb back out.

¾ of a mile below the intersection of Lemmon Rock Trail #12, II found a decent size pool that was at least four feet deep, being fed by a very loud pour. There was a reclined scoop on the edge of the pool that I could sit in while dangling my feet in the water. I would have taken a nap there, except lack of overhead cover was frying me quick like. It's a great spot!

After a half hour of relaxation at the pool, I slowly hiked my way back up Lemmon Canyon. Grey clouds were rolling in, but it didn’t start sprinkling until just before I reached Marshall Saddle. Wanting to avoid a possible deluge, I booked it 1.5 miles back to the trailhead in only 37 minutes! 🏎

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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About a dozen species scattered up & down both trails, though primarily Marshall Gulch Trail #3. New Mexico Thistle most common. One large patch of Yellow Columbine in Marshall Gulch.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lemmon Pools 51-75% full 51-75% full
Can't really assess how full "full" is, but the one I stopped at was a good four feet deep with quite loud flow. Check out the video, above.
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Aug 12 2019
Brian14
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Aspen wor Lemmon loop, AZ 
Aspen wor Lemmon loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2019
Brian14
Hiking14.31 Miles 3,443 AEG
Hiking14.31 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   2.33 mph
3,443 ft AEG      2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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First good hike since moving to Tucson. This hike has a bit of everything. Cool pines with streams a pools, a forest growing out of rocks, and enough challenge that I was pretty beat at the end.
Marshal gulch was an amazing ending with numerous deer drinking at the pools and so lunch and green.
I could get used to having this mountain so close by:)
Jul 27 2019
Eartheist
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48 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Marshall Gulch Trail #3Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2019
Eartheist
Hiking6.47 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.47 Miles   4 Hrs      1.62 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Jul 15 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Aspen-Marshall with a hint of Mint, AZ 
Aspen-Marshall with a hint of Mint, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.50 Miles 3,685 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.48 mph
3,685 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had never been to the Marshall Gulch TH, and had never hiked on the Aspen, Marshall, or Mint Springs Trail, so I decided to rectify that situation. I talked Tracie into heading down to Mount Lemmon with me.

We started and ended the hike at the Marshall Gulch TH. Note that Google Maps refers to this as the "Marshall Gulch Picnic Area".

This hike was a figure-8 loop with a sidetrip to Lemmon Pool.

We began the hike by taking the Aspen Trail to Marshall Saddle; from there we took the Mint Springs Trail to the Mint Springs TH; then we walked a very short distance on Carter Canyon Rd and then hiked on County Road 18 up to the ski lift and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness high point. Then we continued east to Mount Lemmon Trail #5 and took it to the Lemmon Rock LO Trail, which we took down to the Wilderness of Rocks Trail. Once at the Wilderness of Rocks Trail we went west for a half mile or so and then went off-trail to Lemmon Pool. Then we went back to the Lemmon Rock LO Trail-WOR trail junction, and took the WOR trail to Marshall Saddle. From there, we took the Marshall Gulch Trail back to the TH.

I got the idea for this hike from a hike that Joe and the_Eagle recently did in which they utilized the Mint Springs Trail and CR-18.

The trails were nice on the hike -- I particularly enjoyed the Aspen Trail, the Marshall Gulch Trail, and the Mint Springs Trail. There were lots of ferns, butterflies, and wildflowers on the Aspen and Mint Springs trails, and the Marshall Gulch trail had some water running in the creek.

Lemmon Pool had a decent amount of water, but it will benefit from being refreshed by some monsoon rains.
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Jun 29 2019
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ 
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
joebartels
Hiking15.58 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking15.58 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.40 mph
3,600 ft AEG      41 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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9 Year hiatus hiking Wilderness of Rocks #44 is... inexcusable.

We jumped on Marshall Gulch Trail #3 or so we thought. Rather a sucker use-trail with some tree fall to negotiate. Route Scout hollered and we corrected the situation on a lighter use-trail up to the real #3.

The Aspen Fire burned 84,750 acres. While it wiped out areas such as lower Aspen Trail #93, Marshall faired extremely well.

Wilderness of Rocks #44
Massive pines, criss crossing the clear creek and the rock formations within... my idea of a great trail in Arizona. On a 110 degree day in the desert today it's toasty even at 7k on the lesser traveled west side.

Mount Lemmon Trail #5
Thanks to increasing clouds and a nice breeze the ascent back up went from get'r done to damn this is nice! Only a hint of hikers in the farthest reaches but I was impressed more than anticipated.

Meadow Trail #5A
Still a gem of a trail. We lunched on a popular 9,090 ft overlook above 8,808 Lemmon Rock Lookout.

Tarzan - Beat Chest
We passed a couple guys running ( more of a whining shuffle ) the short but steep loop with lookout. Per usual I asked if they were on their fifth lap. The gym dude lays into me how this was their second after lugging 60lbs on the first. He calmed back down to earth after congratulating and rooting 'em on. Didn't see a weight vest. Probably best as I may have tried and failed running away with it...lol

Aspen Draw Trail #423
Just an uber coolness to me about a ski lift above Tucson. We hiked down a ways then beelined it over to and under the lift. Looked like a nice hike straight back up so that was the ticket... Noticed 423 on topo. Researched and added to Lyding's 2007 Guide. Interestingly there is a 422 on the flipside of the lift. Couldn't find any info on that but would make a nice little loop.

Mint Spring Trail #20
Great trail IMO. Obvious signs of the fire. On the same token it's flaunting green all over. A fern stroll that reminded me of Butterfly. The eye catcher was ten foot fluffy pines in a few spots. I wouldn't drive the 40+ miles up and down the mountain behind slow sightseers just for this trail but it works in this loop.

We got hammered by gentle sprinkles finishing up the hike.

Synopsis
Heading in I typically dread the drive. Down to Tucson. Across the city void of freeways. Then a crawl pace up the nice highway. It isn't that bad and I love this mountain.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout crystal clear

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Very tiny pool but it is sprinkling
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Jun 29 2019
BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ 
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
BiFrost
Hiking15.58 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking15.58 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.40 mph
3,600 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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Long time since I've done this hike and like Joe mentioned it's worth the drive. We hiked up Marshall Gulch and into Wilderness of Rocks. Really great trail that makes it way through the rocks and pines as we traversed the WOR. It was a bit warm but given the heat in Phoenix we were not complaining. Good water in two crossings around Lemmon Creek which also had plenty of shade. We took our time crossing the WOR since it was the highlight.

However, once we started up Mount Lemmon trail #5 we were pleasantly surprised with a lush fern forest as we made our way up to Radio Ridge. We stopped along the top and found a rock outcrop for lunch with great views of the WOR that we had just traversed. After lunch we continued past the top of Mount Lemmon and over to the ski lift. We decided to go down the Aspen Trail just far enough to then hike back up the ski run under the lift. Back on the ridge we continued over to the Summerhaven side of the mountain and down to Mint Spring trailhead.

From there it's an easy hike on good trail over to Marshall Gulch junction. Again the ferns were abundant especially around Mint Spring. A little rain started to fall but nothing too heavy as we finished up the hike back at the trailhead.
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Jun 29 2019
ShatteredArm
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36 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Catalina Camp TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 29 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog22.40 Miles 5,210 AEG
Run/Jog22.40 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.63 mph
5,210 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I few months ago I came up with idea of doing a "circumnavigation of Mount Lemmon". I needed some miles, so decided to make an attempt on a late June weekend. Maybe it was a bit brash to try such a route during the summer months.

The goal was to start at Butterfly TH, go down to Crystal Springs trail, up the Oracle Control Road, down Oracle Ridge to Dan Saddle and then down to Catalina Camp, then down to CDO, up to Samaniego Ridge and then Lemmon Trail, then head down to WoR, back across Marshall Saddle, and connect with Sunset to finish the loop. A solid loop if I do say so myself, probably pretty close to a marathon with 6000+ feet of ascent.

The plan held up until Catalina Camp, where it started to get warm, and I really started to question whether I had it in me. This was the last bail-out point, and I took it. Luckily there was a trickle in the creek, so I was able to fill up before heading up Red Ridge (the first time I've had the, let's call it a privilege, of seeing this trail in the uphill direction). Surprisingly, I saw three other people on Catalina Camp and Red Ridge trails. Thought I was the only one stupid enough to be down there in late June.

When I got to Red Ridge, clouds had rolled in, and I was feeling much more alive. So I added a few miles back on by heading up the road to the ski resort, and heading down Aspen Draw (where it even sprinkled a little bit!), before taking a Mint Springs to Marshall Saddle detour.

Ended up a pretty good outing still, even if the whole circumnavigation has to wait until another (possibly cooler) day.
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Jun 15 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mt Lemmon Figure 8, AZ 
Mt Lemmon Figure 8, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking15.76 Miles 3,339 AEG
Hiking15.76 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   2.18 mph
3,339 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
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Parked at the Marshall Gulch TH, and started on the Aspen trail a little after 8:00. Trail is in good shape, although the locust could be trimmed back a little. We took a snack break at Marshall Saddle, then continued to head up Aspen. At the top, we headed over to the summit. My RS straightlined just before the summit, but pausing and restarting got it recording again. The distance affected was minimal. From the summit, we headed over to Meadow Trail, and took that west to where it meets Lemmon trail. From there, we took a quick detour over to Lemmon Rock lookout, then retraced our steps and continued down Lemmon. Found a shady spot for a lunch break, then continued down. Headed east at Wilderness of Rocks. It was hot by then, so we took our time. Refilled our water at Lemmon Creek, then continued on. Not too far from the junction with Lemmon Rock trail, we were greeted by an angry Arizona Black Rattler. I proceeded to annoy him some more to try to get him to pose for some pictures, but he wouldn't move out of the shade. At Marshall Saddle again, we headed down Marshall Gulch to finish out the hike, finishing up just before 4:45. Nice day, even if it was hot at times. All new territory for Daniela.
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Jun 08 2019
RedwallNHops
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
WOR Lollipop, AZ 
WOR Lollipop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
RedwallNHops
Hiking15.99 Miles 3,702 AEG
Hiking15.99 Miles   6 Hrs      4.12 mph
3,702 ft AEG   2 Hrs   7 Mns Break
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Guess I'm in better shape than the last time I did this. It felt easy
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Apr 28 2019
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Mt Lemmon slugfest, AZ 
Mt Lemmon slugfest, AZ
 
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fricknaley
Run/Jog19.30 Miles 3,845 AEG
Run/Jog19.30 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   4.29 mph
3,845 ft AEG      10 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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1st trip
parked at sunset TH. Sunset-marshall-aspen up radio ridge-meadow-mt lemmon to LRLO-aspen-sunset-ditch trail-FSR through bear wallow to Bigelow-Little Bigs and back.

this was a difficult route for me. post winter conditions are better up there than i would have guessed. couple of nuisance trees down on upper aspen but that is about it.

i was in good shape on the first leg and actually ran all the switchbacks up radio ridge for the first time. still a few small patches of snow on the meadow trail. after refueling at my car and heading out to bear wallow i immediately hopped on the struggle bus. whined my way up bigelow. luckily there was no traffic on the FSRs so only the birds heard me. pulled myself together and ran the way back including little bigs, with a shred of dignity. of course nobody saw that either :lol:
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Apr 19 2019
jrousoshammond
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31 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Marshall/WOR/Lemmon Rock/Aspen Loop, AZ 
Marshall/WOR/Lemmon Rock/Aspen Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
jrousoshammond
Hiking8.73 Miles 2,672 AEG
Hiking8.73 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.11 mph
2,672 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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The plan was to go all the way across WOR, but I started around lunchtime (and always underestimate the hikes up here) so I decided to go straight up Lemmon Rock instead. Lighting was perfect for the evening views back over the front of the Catalinas to Tucson and beyond. Hope to spend some more time up here this summer.
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Oct 19 2018
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2018
toddak
Hiking22.50 Miles 6,000 AEG
Hiking22.50 Miles   11 Hrs      2.05 mph
6,000 ft AEG
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Parked the car at Summerhaven, hopped on the bike and (mostly) coasted 20 miles down the mountain to Molino Basin, then hiked back up on the AZT. I had already done most of this segment piecemeal, but continuous in one go it packs a lot of punch, definitely one of the better segments I've done so far. Very green after the rains, with tea-colored water flowing in most of the drainages.
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fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
fricknaley
Hiking16.05 Miles 4,330 AEG
Hiking16.05 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   3.62 mph
4,330 ft AEG      14 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
still dealing with this calf injury so i was very noncommittal on what i was going to try, even on the drive up i switched plans.

decided to bring my day back and therefore commit to not running. i jogged some, hiked some and just generally tried to move efficiently

out and back upper sabino riparian, then aspen draw, and reversed the aspen/marshall superloop, back down aspen draw and upper sabino riparian one more time. just because

rains have pumped some life into the mountains. mint spring trail is in the best shape i have probably ever seen it. powerline road is getting overgrown in spots and remains a beatdown!
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Jul 27 2018
fricknaley
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Mt Lemmon Sufferfest, AZ 
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fricknaley
Run/Jog16.32 Miles 3,209 AEG
Run/Jog16.32 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   4.11 mph
3,209 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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went up for some torture after a night of rain and holy pumpkin was it humid. took a beating sweating through this one. despite plenty of fluid, i had trouble keeping up with hydration. still a nice route and besides the humidity, my weather was great. saw a couple deer and like 15 vultures fly one by one out of a big pine. that seemed very weird?

flower show has picked up significantly with the rain.

strained my calf towards the end of this it seems :(

parked at sunset. sunset -aspen to radio ridge and back to marshall saddle - marshall gulch - sunset - bear wallow and FSRs to bigelow and back
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Jun 02 2018
friendofThunde
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37 male
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 AZ
Upper Lemmon Canyon & PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking8.96 Miles 1,956 AEG
Hiking8.96 Miles   8 Hrs   28 Mns   2.26 mph
1,956 ft AEG   4 Hrs   30 Mns Break
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A day spent at the pools with CJ and the pups. We took a lot of naps, swam and read while at the pools and waited out the warmer part of the day to hike the pups out. Met a ranger who let me know she did not like dogs on the way in, that was fun. Steady traffic on the trail on the way out. Several water sources along the Wilderness of Rocks Trail.
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May 05 2018
friendofThunde
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Upper Lemmon Canyon & PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,373 AEG
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2,373 ft AEG   4 Hrs   28 Mns Break
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This is a fun little area and was a perfect hike and hangout to get some quality time with the pups after an April full of dog watchers and the Grand Canyon.

Perfect temps and a pleasant hike on the way to the pools in the morning. We did run into one couple at the swim hole, but they left shortly after and we had the place to ourselves all day. We swam, enjoyed a couple of adult beverages and chilled at the little oasis for several hours (I have the sun burn to prove it). Lemon, like everywhere else in the state could use some rain. However, there was no shortage of water along the Wilderness of Rocks Trail and along Marshall Gulch to the Sunset, which was perfect for the pups on the hike out, as it was a little warm at times in the direct sunlight. I think this could be a fun area after a little rain.
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Nov 01 2017
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Marshall Gulch Trail #3Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Pivo
Hiking6.16 Miles 1,382 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.60 mph
1,382 ft AEG      20 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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I told Joseph we would go out for lunch today. I wanted some nice 50 degree sunny weather, and to check out the Maples in Marshall Gulch.
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Aug 26 2017
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Lemmon Loop - Lemmon / WOR / AspenTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2017
John9L
Hiking13.50 Miles 3,265 AEG
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Met up with Lee and Carrie for a nice hike on Lemmon. Lee and I left Phoenix fairly early and made the drive down to Tucson where we picked up Carrie and headed up the Catalina Hwy. We made the drive up and parked in a very busy parking lot at the Marshall Gulch area. From there we geared up and made the hike in. We passed a variety of people and then headed up the Aspen Trail towards the summit. Once up top we soaked in the views and headed west and took a snack break before heading down the Lemmon Trail. We then turned into Wildnerness of Rocks and headed across. This section is one of my favorite hikes around. I love the formations and enjoy the creek flowing through. At one point we took a lunch and then continued hiking back to the vehicle. We finished up late in the afternoon and then started the return. We stopped in Tucson to get some food and then dropped Carrie off and headed back to Phoenix. It was a long day but was well worth it. Thanks Lee for driving!
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Jul 22 2017
Hansenaz
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66 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sunset-Aspen-Marshall Loop, AZ 
Sunset-Aspen-Marshall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2017
Hansenaz
Hiking6.55 Miles 1,771 AEG
Hiking6.55 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.10 mph
1,771 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
My son, visiting from Boston, wanted a Tucson fix. So it was lunch at El Guero Canelo and (for him only) a watermelon Eegee's.

Then up Mt. Lemmon for some cooler temps and exercise. I borrowed DarthStiller's idea to combine the Sunset Trail and Aspen/Marshall Loop and it was a good choice. No parking problems at Sunset Trailhead and we avoided the zoo at Marshall Gulch.

The trails themselves are enjoyable and scenic and were very uncrowded. Mt. Lemmon delivered with 74deg temps though the uphills were still plenty sweaty for the sweaty guys.

After the hike we headed to the Summerhaven General Store for ice cream and it started sprinkling. By the time we passed our trailhead on the way out it was pouring and continued pouring down the mountain and til we left north Tucson. Nice to finally see some rain...can't wait for some at my house in Phoenix.
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fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Marshall Gulch Trail #3Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking3.00 Miles 594 AEG
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Michelle, Sierra and I took my parents, brother and siser in law up to Mt Lemmon to hike marshall gulch and have lunch. not too crowded though the lot was full. really nice morning up there.

saw the beginnings of the burro fire on the way up and figured that would potentially be my last trip up there anytime soon :(
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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.

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