Hittin' the Trails 4 You

Jun 20, 2014 9:18 AM

Hittin' the Trails 4 You: Mt. Lemmon's Aspen Trail

MT. LEMMON - The Aspen Trail starts at the Marshall Gulch Trailhead, just south of Summerhaven.

Hiker Fritz Steinke said, "It's a little tough at the beginning going up the Aspen Trail, but after you make it halfway through it eases off".

Hiker Lara Gruden adds, "If you're a beginner hiker, this is a really great trail to do because it's so easy".

During the first 10 minutes of the hike, you'll have views of massive rock walls, which are the upper most reaches of Sabino Canyon.

The trail itself varies, with parts being narrow and other spots wide open. "The trail condition is pretty easy. There's definitely some climbing and the trail is marked pretty well so you know where you're going", said Gruden.

A half hour in, hikers are rewarded with an expansive view of Tucson. Along the trail is a different sight: several wildflowers.

Steinke said, "Probably before the end of the Monsoon, it is going to be chalk full of wildflowers".

Since we are in the Monsoon, the weather can change rapidly in the mountains. Much like you would never hike without water, you should never hike in the higher terrain without a weather radio. This can alert you to dangerous weather & you can find them at most electronic stores.

The Aspen Trail is part of a loop, connected to the Marshall Gulch Trail. Expect a 2.5 hour hike if you do the entire loop, which is perfect for those just starting to hike in southern Arizona.

To see the Aspen Trail map, click here.

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