Being a jerk / offensive? The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Lemmon – The Butterfly Trail. The Crystal Spring Trail is neither and can be accessed from an intersection of the Butterfly Trail about 1 mile in from the Soldiers Camp trailhead or from the Control road. Sunset Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Lemmon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Suggested driving directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to the Sunset Trailhead: Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Sunset Trailhead. For those who like to know trail names: Take the Marshall Gulch Trail/Arizona Trail to the Aspen Trail to the road to Mt Lemmon, Then take the Mt Lemmon Trail to the Lemmonrock Lookout Trail to the Wildnerness of the Rocks Trail back to the Marshall Gulch Trail/AZT. Mt. Take the road right behind the sign showing the trail not the one with the gate. NOT OKAY! 277.04 m Down. 1,066' Up The mileages and elevations below are approximate (don't expect the values below to match your GPS exactly). The first trail of the day will be Aspen Draw into the town of Summerhaven - a nice, fast, techy 2.5 mile stretch with no climbing. Hike from there to the Sunset Trail and continue on the Sunset to Marshall Gulch and up the Marshall Gulch Trail to … 1,066' Down Trail info: Length: Appx. The Sunset Trail is popular particularly in the summertime as it's higher up Mt. Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Sunset Trailhead. From the end of Turkey Run road make a right into town and head down the road to Sunset Trail for some exposure and definite hike-a-bike sections. Lemmon and connects hikers to the Marshall Gulch area without having to … The highlight for some people on this trail is the tunnel that leads underneath the highway and connects over towards the Sunset Trail and parking area. The Italian Springs Trail is in the Rincon Mountains. • Hiking Mt. The 0.2 miles up the road is the Mount Lemmon Recreation Area - which, unlike this trailhead, is a fee area and does have restrooms, picnic benches and trashcans. The elevation at the summit of Mount Lemmon is 9,159' - a completely different world from Tucson and a beautiful escape in the summer! Exploring along the Mt Lemmon trail and beyond at sunset. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and ), Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles). Lemmon Scenic Byway: Great Drive for Sunset! ... Park at the Sunset Trail parking area which is just opposite Butterfly Trail just past Bear Wallow around milepost 22. 3 1/2 miles (out and back) Last week I set out on one of the few short hikes on Mt. 4,288' Up You may have to run 1.75 mi down the road to Ski Valley. Darrel's Ode to Lemmon … • 23.2 km 241.71 m Up Located in northeast Tucson, at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is proof that water can flow through a desert. 4,124' Down The lower elevation trails take you through hills and jagged canyons accented by cactus, manzanita and oak, and are great for hiking from mid fall through spring time. Left on Catalina Highway (27.1 miles) Signs will help you find this trailhead on the down-mountain side of the Highway. Access is either from Marshal Gulch Parking lot: Head all the way to the very top of Mt Lemmon and drive into and thru Summerhaven. 793' Down 4,288' Down If you are curious about the fenced off area at the top of the mountain the University of Arizona SkyCenter runs programs inside the Mount Lemon Observatory Area. Mt. Hiking Mount Lemmon From cactus to conifers, hiking Mt Lemmon is the perfect year around past time. Related Trails. From here Sunset Trail is on the south end of the parking lot. 0.25 miles, 7800′: At a junction take road 8A to the left.  [Waypoint J 8A 8B], 0.35 miles, 7750′: At a signed junction the trail leaves the dirt road to the right. Here is Diane's hiking report. Lemmon A wonderful, cool ride, and fun descent, but not incredibly long. Mt. 3mi, 1.9 from parking area on Catalina Highway to parking area in Marshall Gulch, about an hour in either direction. Lemmon and connects hikers to the Marshall Gulch area without having to drive all the way up through Summerhaven. Sunset trail is a short trail leading to the Marshall Gulch picnic and hiking area without driving through Summerhaven or dealing with the crowds there. We stopped at nearly every scenic vista, made a few unauthorized stops, took two hikes and saw an awesome sunset from the top. 4,125' Up 0.0 miles, 4950′: Park at the Bug Spring Trailhead (Alternative: There is a connecter trail that leaves the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site near the upper parking area at a large Forest Service Trail Sign). Aspen Meadow & Aspen Draw – Mt. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Date of experience: November 2019 Ask jojoishere about Mt. The Sunset Trail #90 is a short hike with good views of Sabino Canyon, sections of nice shade from big trees and access to the Marshall Gulch Trailhead. Intermediate. Aspen Draw (3C) Green Mountain (3C) Bug Springs (3C) Sunset, 1918, Bigelow (Coming Soon ) (3C) La Milagrosa (3C) Special Note: Mt Lemmon is chock-full of trails. • Mt. Tanque Verde, AZ Intermediate. More Butterfly and Sunset Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. I asked them to suggest the best campsites and trails. 909' Down This is about an injury or accident 6.4 km Lemmon and connects runners to the Marshall Gulch area without having to drive all the way up through Summerhaven. Routes‎ > ‎ Mt. 7.9 km This is one of my favorite trails on Mt. [Waypoint J FR8A SS], 1.0 miles, 7500′: The trail makes a sharp turn as it crosses a drainage – be careful not to follow the unofficial trail up the drainage. Beautiful pink flowers in bloom all along the Aspen part of the trail with some bees. 18.6 miles. The Sunset Trail #90 is a short hike with good views of Sabino Canyon, sections of nice shade from big trees and access to the Marshall Gulch Trailhead. The Butterfly Trail is one of our favorites. At nearly 6,000 feet higher than Tucson, the area around the summits of the Catalina Mountains have a very different climate than the surrounding terrain. Lemmon Ascent. Notable sights along this view-rich trail include the bare granite walls of the uppermost reaches of Sabino Canyon, through which the first half mile or so of the Aspen Trail passes. Lemmon. 5.5 km ... Wasson Peak. Lemmon. This is a great variation/alternate start for the Aspen Trail and Marshall Gulch Trail. 277.1 m Up 1.9mi, Create Recommended Route or Lemmon Scenic Byway: Best sunset spot - See 3,107 traveler reviews, 1,536 candid photos, and great deals for Tucson, AZ, at Tripadvisor. The trail soon enters Sabino Canyon, in places it can be difficult to discern the ‘official’ trail but all the possibilities stay in or near the canyon bottom. At the first intersection/parking area stay right/on the ‘main’ road. (Printed Map) Southern Arizona Hiking Club Maps, The Santa Catalina Mountains, A Guide to the Trails and Routes, Sunset and Marshall Gulch Trails – 2014/6/23, Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions! Something else? Sunset Side-door Festival of Routes. Truly a great day and a wonderful way to enjoy the amazing nature of the desert southwest. 793' Up Lemmon Hiking. 1,490' Up • If you cross a gate or head immediately uphill you have taken the wrong road… The road soon becomes dirt. • 127 Miles 205 Kilometers of Trail 1 Recommended Route 1 Easy Trail ; 17 Intermediate Trails ; 7 Difficult Trails ... 1.2 mi 2.0 km #6 Sunset Trail #90. 325 m Up The mileages and elevations below are approximate (don't expect the values below to match your GPS exactly). 454.08 m Up In the shadow of Mount Lemmon just north of Tucson you'll find an oasis from the desert heat below. Land Manager: USFS - Coronado National Forest Office, 4.0 mi It's a common parking/starting point for visitors as outings can also easily head the other direction to the top of Bigelow via Bear Wallow under the road, or visitors can also head to the, Nice views down upper Sabino Canyon. Enter your email to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email. This page covers hikes from the up to the (the highest trailhead on the mountain) and includes hikes from that leave from the area. Parts of the trail are slightly overgrown, but not a big deal. (Printed Map) Green Trails - Recreation Map - Santa Catalina Mountains. Continue on that road all the way until it dead ends at Marshal Gulch. Our friends, Michael and Diane, frequently camp and hike on Mt. Bigelow Road end (at the first bend in the road where the toboggan hill was/is). • Tanque Verde, AZ 2 5.1 mi 8.2 km #7 Butterfly Trail. Out-n-back • Seven miles WITH the steep asphalt uphill should you choose to hit the pavement first. The tunnel isn't very long and is quite open, but it's a neat experience. • Along this part of the route the pathway literally sparkles with flakes of mica and quartz. Prison Camp is sometimes strung together with others, lovingly entitled “The Lemmon Drop” which is a breathtaking, all-day mountain biking adventure. From the trailhead take the lower road (to the left) – there is usually a trail sign here to help you start on the correct road. 9.4 km • 1306.93 m Up 453.96 m Down, 14.4 mi Lemmon Scenic Byway: beautiful drive - incredible sunset - See 3,105 traveler reviews, 1,536 candid photos, and great deals for Tucson, AZ, at Tripadvisor. • [Waypoint SS01]. If you only have time for a short hike on Mt Lemmon, this is a great trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. • 1,489' Down 909' Up 1406 Trees and Shade near the start of the Sunset Trail14517660633_b3ca25f373_b, 1406 Ferns on the Marshall Gulch Trail14517605773_cdc5f8f29d_b, 1406 Summer Green and Water along the Marshall Gulch Trail14497525735_0492176f6e_b, 1406 AZ Trail Sign at the start of the Marshall Gulch Trail14310895229_0ddb347ac4_b, 1406 Sunset Trail14310888928_351350fe29_b, 1402 Storm on the Sunset Trail12869516714_c008eb06dc_b, 1402 Empty Marshall Gulch Picnic Area12869145023_3e815b9da3_b, 1402 Sunset Trail in the Clouds12869075365_95966de0f7_b, 1402 Windy Point Storm12869152673_7c2bab4636_b.