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Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio Ridge - 6 members in 14 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 02 2021
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2021
PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,491 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.65 mph
1,491 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Only did the north half of the figure 8 super loop (a Mint Spring-Aspen-Radio Ridge loop).
Beautiful, cool day with puffy clouds called for a mountain top after work hike. Started on Mint Spring Trail and took it to Marshall Saddle. Mint Spring wash was flowing well. Bracken ferns are starting their late-summer/early fall fade I think. Climbed Aspen Trail, where the wildflowers really kicked in on the switchbacks below Radio Ridge. Took my time along here to enjoy the chilly air and meadow gold. Checked out more flowers around the top of the ski lift, then made my descent at sunset on Radio Ridge route. Some flowers along here, too. Made the trailhead at dark, wishing I could spend the night up there.
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Jun 19 2021
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,255 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.62 mph
3,255 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I was looking to do something new on top of Lemmon, and this hike had a couple of segments I had not done before. Started early afternoon in upper Sabino Canyon at the edge of Summerhaven in 85 degree temps. Much better than 150 in Tucson or whatever it was. Still sweated heavily in the warmth and brisk pace. Followed the old road past the water tanks and the Endor shield bunker to Aspen Draw Trail. Took that up to the top and then made a hard left to follow the Radio Ridge route back down to Carter Canyon road. Radio Ridge was new to me and a winner with sections of old forest along with big views. Decided to swing by the Mount Lemmon store to grab some more cold water for the exposed sections ahead. Had a beverage break in the shade there and then went back up the road to the north Mint Spring trailhead. Followed Mint Spring Trail south through some nice aspens and then into Marshall Gulch, where a sea of bracken ferns contrasted nicely with the fire damage. Mint Spring itself had a small hidden pool of scuzzy water and some spearmint growing in it. Smelled wonderful (the spearmint anyway). Continued west to Marshall Saddle, where I chatted with a dad and his boys for a few. Went north on a section of Aspen Trail I had never hiked before. Nice to see some old forest patches here. Pretty toasty and a good workout on the climb back up to Radio Ridge, where a excited toad greeted me. Dropped back down Aspen Draw Trail again, admiring the gigantic old growth firs (a couple of hugs were given). Followed upper Sabino Canyon road back to my truck, and then headed home. Great loop hike, good workout, wonderful scenery, and one I’ll definitely do again. This hike is a winner.
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Jul 15 2019
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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
DixieFlyerTriplogs 706
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
 
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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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Aug 04 2018
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
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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Jun 19 2016
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2016
fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking13.85 Miles 3,527 AEG
Hiking13.85 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   3.27 mph
3,527 ft AEG      18 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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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Aug 13 2015
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59 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen Trail #93Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2015
Mountain_RatTriplogs 240
Hiking13.60 Miles 3,295 AEG
Hiking13.60 Miles   5 Hrs   24 Mns   2.56 mph
3,295 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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My second day on the mountain and "I'm felling much better now" ;) . I had a great recovery nap last night, and had no plan as of 08:00, so I grabbed the laptop, headed to Ski Valley and used my phone to pipe in a track. I knew I was limited in several ways, but picked the best route for my general needs. Great Choice! I'm not gonna go into detail here, but this trek was the conception of a "Peak of Summer", Mega-Loop, in the the upper-front range of the Cat's. The high elevation diversity along this route cannot be matched. I plan to refine this into a Description, where I'll be much more specific in the transitions (soon to come)...
Incredible day in the high of the low country. :y:
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May 24 2015
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32 male
 Joined Feb 18 2014
 Tucson
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2015
DamianGTriplogs 2
Hiking10.28 Miles 2,482 AEG
Hiking10.28 Miles   6 Hrs      1.71 mph
2,482 ft AEG
 
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Jul 20 2014
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42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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LindaAnnTriplogs 1,573
Hiking9.10 Miles 2,482 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.58 mph
2,482 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Followed the trail as described. At the top near the ski lift, we walked another 1/4 farther west to use the restrooms, then back down the rest of the trail. Gorgeous hike, easy to follow.
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Jul 04 2013
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   3.44 mph
2,550 ft AEG      10 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
nice to get up here today - the temps were great. more flowers than i thought i'd see. short stretches of the aspen trail remain some of my favorite in the catalinas and the fern jungle at the end is going strong :y:
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Jun 02 2013
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37 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DennyforrealTriplogs 131
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,482 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.84 mph
2,482 ft AEG      35 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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May 30 2013
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Marshall Gulch Aspen Lemmon Trail Loop, AZ 
Marshall Gulch Aspen Lemmon Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2013
markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking9.60 Miles 2,818 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.31 mph
2,818 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Nice trail for late May. The top of Mount Lemmon is great for just stringing a bunch of trails together to create a loop. This hike started at Marshall Gulch and heads up to Marshall Saddle, from here you have many choices; Mint Spring Trail, Aspen Trail, up or down or Wilderness of Rocks Trail. We chose the Aspen Trail up to the top of Mount Lemmon to Lemmon Lookout. Checked out the views from the lookout and decided to head down the Lemmon Rock Trail to the Wilderness of Rocks Trail. The Lemmon Rock trail is fairly steep, steeper than the Aspen going up but didn't matter we were going down. Great view over the Wilderness of Rocks area and Lemmon Creek. Once down on the Wilderness of Rocks Trail we followed it back to Marshall Saddle. This walk along Lemmon Creek is really nice and has just a gradual up hill slope until you get close to Marshall Saddle then it gets a little steeper but not bad. At Marshall saddle we took the Aspen trail back to Marshall Gulch. This is a good hike to do in August September during the monsoons, just pick a day when the monsoons aren't active.
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Jul 08 2012
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66 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Mt Lemmon Loop, AZ 
Mt Lemmon Loop, AZ
 
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PivoTriplogs 3,829
Hiking10.43 Miles 3,224 AEG
Hiking10.43 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   2.19 mph
3,224 ft AEG      43 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Really nice hike this morning, with a good soaking at the end of it.
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Jul 30 2010
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking8.75 Miles 2,886 AEG
Hiking8.75 Miles
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I needed to see how my leg was...and i needed to wander around on Mt. Lemmon. plus, my hematocrit and hemoglobin were getting dangerously high, so i needed to hemorrhage. i took care of all that today on one of my favorite loops up on mt. lemmon. it is very green up there right now, with all the classic flowers lining marshall gulch. the new mexico locusts are quite robust on the mint spring trail. coming down the aspen trail i decided to finally scramble up to marshall peak. there are no views but it still is worth the effort for catalina hikers. no rain, though clouds danced around me all day, creating some insane humidity.
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Jul 06 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,482 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   5 Hrs      1.72 mph
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Made a sweet loop up on Mt. Lemmon. Passing through some of the same heavily burned areas every year, it's interesting to see the changes from year to year. There are a ton of tiny little pines poking up along the Mint Spring and especially upper Aspen Trails. The temps were just perfect on this hike, and as always if you leave early you avoid the crowds a bit. We saw nobody on Marshall Gulch on the way out. The climb up to Radio Ridge is nice and tough. Storms came in fast, at one point it was raining so hard over the Wilderness of Rocks that we heard it well before we saw it...sounded like a train. Very cool.

Beat the rain by a clean 5 minutes.. :sl:

Great, great day up in the mountains.
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