First published June, 2015. One of the more popular summer hikes on Mt. Lemmon is the loop beginning and ending at the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area at the end of Sabino Canyon Park Road, the narrow paved road that runs through the village of Summerhaven.
This loop sports great views of the Wilderness of Rocks and cool mountain surroundings. Three miles of the Aspen Trail and 1 mile of Marshall Gulch Trail are within the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.
Water is found in Marshall Gulch year-round and is still heavily forested. Just don’t drink it. In fact, unless you want some kind of dreaded disease, never drink naturally occurring water in Southern Arizona. Bring plenty of your own.
When hiking in remote areas, go with a companion whenever possible. Always tell some responsible person(s) where you are going and when you expect to return. Up on the mountain, cell phone service is spotty at best. Read More