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Jul 15 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Aspen-Marshall with a hint of Mint, AZ 
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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
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WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ 
WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
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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.

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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 Very tiny pool but it is sprinkling
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Jun 29 2019
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WOR - Lemmon - Mint Loop, AZ 
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Hiking15.58 Miles 3,600 AEG
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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
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Catalina Camp TrailTucson, AZ
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Run/Jog22.40 Miles 5,210 AEG
Run/Jog22.40 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.63 mph
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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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Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
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Hiking16.05 Miles 4,330 AEG
Hiking16.05 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   3.62 mph
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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 23 2016
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Mint Spring Trail #20Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.00 Miles 493 AEG
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A friend and I decided to check out Wilderness of Rocks. We went in with the plan that we wouldn't hike the entire trail, but wanted to go partway to escape the heat and get valuable Fit Bit steps (well that was mostly me). We started on Mint Spring Trail. Seeing flowing water was incredible and the hike was very enjoyable. While there was a fair number of people on the trail, it was still wonderfully peaceful. We went out about 4.5 miles (on Mint Spring and Wilderness of Rocks combined) before deciding to head back. I certainly brought plenty of water, but I need to work on conserving it better. I tend to just drink it mindlessly and run low near the end of the hike. I had a 2.5 L bladder backpack which ran dry near the end. Fortunately I had a Powerade also, so I didn't have any issues. Still it was a very enjoyable hike and I'm excited to hike again soon. My ears don't appreciate the ride back down the mountain though.
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Hiking13.85 Miles 3,527 AEG
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upper sabino riparian out and back, then up aspen draw, down aspen, back on marshall gulch, mint springs, up radio ridge via the powerline road and back down aspen draw

i was post call and figured this would be rough since i wouldn't be starting very early, plus the record heat forecast. i ran the first half, shuffled marshall gulch and mint spring and took a savage beating on the powerline road. too hot and exposed. it was over 90 degrees above 8000 feet still :o

it's a beautiful high country route on mt lemmon
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Jun 11 2016
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Catalina Figure 8, AZ 
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Nice escape from the heat down in town, and was able to sleep in until 0630! Nice figure eight starting at Mint Springs to aspen and Marshall Gulch up Aspen and then down the Ski run back to Summerhaven.
We did see Nick at the Marshall/Aspen Trailhead.
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Jun 19 2015
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Shady Lemmon Loop, AZ 
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Hiking9.56 Miles 2,371 AEG
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1st trip
First, it's my generic hike, so I can name it whatever I want. It was shady for most of the hike, as I started late enough that mountain shadows cover much of the upper elevation burn areas. Trees did much of the rest, and I tolerated the sun crossing the Mint Springs burned area.

I headed up the mountain in cross town traffic (foothills) with out the A/C on becuase I don't really like it. That, the continued 90s for most of the Catalina HWY, and the altitude probably made me tired for a lot of the hike, but I opted to avoid the sun exposed slopes (done that, it's stupid) in the WOR, the Lemmon Rock Trail, and so on, and stuck with cooler, and shady trails. Actually, it wasn't that cool when I started at 2:30, but it was really nice after 6 PM on top and coming down. Up Marshall Gulch, over on the Mint, through the village, and to the Aspen Draw, which is very nice, with lots of big old doug-firs in the draw and on the slopes. Packs of the same thrill seeking MT Bikers were coming down, but they stopped when they could. I didn't care, since I could hear them and get off trail faster than they could, and I was going slow and stopping to look at the big trees. Sierra Nevada big.

Tagged Mount Lemmon for the first time since 2011 and hiked slowly down the Radio Ridge and Aspen trail back to Marshall Gulch. Heard a few, but not very many, whippoorwills in the gulch and arrived back at my car a little after 830. A woman was in the bed of a pickup with a dog asking about her male friend who went for a 15 mile run at 5 PM and had not returned when I pulled out at 845. Maybe we'll hear about that as another SARS operation? Good hike.
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May 24 2015
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Hiking10.28 Miles 2,482 AEG
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Hiking7.90 Miles 1,911 AEG
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Marshall Gulch - Mint Spring - Aspen Loop, AZ 
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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I hadn’t done any hiking of note in recent years so didn’t know what to expect. I was very surprised to see how well the trail had been maintained over the years. This despite, or maybe because of, the mountain burning down several years ago. I was also happily surprised at how well my body reacted to the hike up to Marshall Saddle. So happy, in fact, that I decided to add an unplanned side trip to Mint Spring.

Sadly the entire side of the mountain along this trail had burned. On the upside, this allowed for great views. I had hiked through here many times in the past but this was the first time I was really able to see where I was in relation to other parts of the mountain.

I’m going to blame the burn for this, but I stupidly missed the cutoff to the spring. Instead I happily continued along until the trail climbed over what appeared to be the major ridge of the route and there was Summerhaven below me in all of its glory! Not at all what I was looking for. Back I went for a couple of hundred yards and stumbled across an easily distinguishable cairn marking a side trail and a very distinctive sign with the words “Mint Spring”.

And there it was. The spring, while it might have been rebuilt, was just as I remembered it. Even down to the somewhat inviting drinking cup resting inside the box. (Don’t drink untreated water found in the backcountry!) And a few yards downstream from the spring were some mint sprigs. Ah. The memories.

Back to Marshall Saddle I then continued with my plan along the Aspen Trail. This lovely trail had its ups and downs for the first half mile or so to the cutoff to Lunch Ledge. This minor trail is not marked except by a small cairn and a grass covered foot tread. I didn’t bother making the quarter mile hike out to the Ledge but I recommend you do it. After being treated to another quarter mile or so of gentle ups and downs the trail finally comes to the major ridge on the west side of Marshall Peak. The trail then drops off on the south side of this ridge, gently switchbacking its way to the famous aspen grove where it gentles out and moves northward to Marshall Gulch.

The 1985 Pusch Ridge Wilderness map does not show this part of the trail accurately. Eber’s old SAHC map from 1980, however, does have it correctly placed.

The loop closes in the same parking lot it began. I hoped to have photos to share but, unknown to me, there was a slight smudge on the lens of my camera. While I wouldn’t dare call myself a perfectionist when it comes to camera work, the smudge was distracting enough to me to cause disownment. I do plan to be back in the Catalinas – and soon. Hopefully I will have pictures to share in the future.

(Roughly 1,200 ft of elevation gain over about 6 miles of easy travel.)

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Hiking7.45 Miles 2,171 AEG
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Parking at Marshall Gulch was jammed, so started on Mint Spring trail then did the Aspen Marshall loop. Found a few almost ripe berries in one small patch, most areas are barely buds. Scared up two whitetail above Carter Canyon.
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Went on a mellow hike with a caver friend who is writing a hiking book. Brought a couple other people along who needed a nice hike in the woods :)
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,590 AEG
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Carter Canyon Trail is an old trail in the Catalina Mountains that went from Summerhaven up to Mount Lemmon. It's not maintained and the end points are not very obvious. I started from the Mint Spring TH in Carter Canyon. From the parking area, walk a few yards up the road to where the Mint Spring Trail starts. Turn around and look at the opposite side of the road and there might be a rock cairn, and some evidence people have scrambled up the bank. Climb up and you'll soon see a hand made sign saying "Carter Canyon TR" on a telephone pole. The trail skirts around some private property and then continues up the canyon. Some sections there is a good tread, other places not much of a trail at all, but all the way up there are orange ribbon flags marking the way. And occasional metal washers nailed on trees. Carter Canyon trail climbs about 3/4 mile and meets the Aspen Trail at a saddle below Radio Ridge.

I hiked up to the Ridge and found a shady spot in the trees for lunch, then hiked back down Aspen to Marshall Saddle, then took Mint Spring Trail back to my car for a nice loop.
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Hiked from the TH in Carter Canyon to Marshall Saddle, then down Wilderness of Rocks trail a couple miles. Back the same way. Mint Spring had water and Lemmon creek was flowing.
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Hiking7.80 Miles 1,600 AEG
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Starting on the Mint Spring Trail always seems to start the day off right - once again pulled up to a nearly empty trailhead (at least 10 and probably way more cars at Marshall Gulch!!) and got started. Mostly the trail looks like winter but the Aspens are just starting to get some leaves and in places the green is starting to come out. There was water at Mint Spring in the box and a trickle below. Made a nice loop with Marshall Gulch (plenty of water) and the Aspen Trail (had forgotten about the great view from Aspen where you look across at both Brinkley and Thimble - love it!).

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157643779869445/
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Hiking13.40 Miles 3,421 AEG
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Another nice trail for late spring or early fall after Monsoons. It's hard to walk these trails after the Aspen fire in Summerhaven knowing what it looked like before. Still a nice hike though. Fairly easy hike till you get to the Mount Lemmon Trail where there is a bit of climbing to do. Once on Mount Lemmon its fairly easy walking again in a scenic environment. Starting the hike early gets you along the Mint Spring and to Marshall Saddle as the sun is just rising and some great photo opportunities. Lemmon Creek can get quite full and difficult to cross after a summer monsoon rain so plan the trip appropriately if doing around monsoon weather.
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Hiking9.04 Miles 2,582 AEG
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So much water today; there was running water in every drainage we we came upon today. Cloud cover for most of the day, yet it rained however we didn't get wet. Lucky I guess.
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Nothing like a good bushwhack! The newbies kept up. I'm a bit surprised by the number of new people in the summertime.

Utilized the Mint Springs TH which is way better than Marshall Gulch! Less people. No smelly toilet. And bonus raspberries!

The first ridge was full of lots of wonderful formations you can scramble up. As far as bushwhacks goes this one is actually pretty easy. 3 miles of off-trail trail was all.

The recent rains had all the drainages active. We found a pretty deep pool in an unnamed drainage that feeds into Lemmon.
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