Mount Lemmon Trail Hot

December 03, 2011  
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Mount Lemmon Trail


How to Get There
This hike is located near Tucson.

To get to the Trailhead: From the Tucson area, drive the Tanque Verde road east. Turn left onto the Catalina Highway. After paying the $5 parking fee, take this road all the way to the top of Mount Lemmon. At the fork between the ski area and the town of Summerhaven, turn right to go the ski area. After about 3.1 miles, you'll see the signed trail junction parking for the Mount Lemmon trail.
Summer Haven
Tucson Area and Southern Arizona

Hike details

8.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
8.4 miles for the out and back.
4.00 [Hours]
It took us 4 hours to get to the trail junction of the Wilderness of Rock trail and back.
Elevation Change
3,600 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Loss
1,800 Total Elevation Loss[Feet]
Elevation Details
about 1800 ft total descent to the Wilderness of rock trail junction.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Date Hike completed
September 06, 2010


Solitude Details
This is a very popular area for day hikers. Expect to meet between 20 and 40 people.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
This was a great hike that provided a good workout. This is a Moderate difficulty hike.

If a forest hike along the top of the Mount Lemmon sky island appeals to you, this is your hike.

I'm jealous of the folks living in Tucson.

For those of us living in the Phoenix area, the summertime means we need to take the 1.5+ hour drive north to cooler hiking areas like Prescott, Payson, or Flagstaff. Just recently, I took my first trip to Mount Lemmon, located just north of the Tucson area. At 9300 ft, Mount Lemmon holds many enjoyable hikes a relatively short drive from the Tucson area. A really nice hike that exposes you to the joys of this area is the Mount Lemmon trail.

From the parking area, start walking down the closed road along the ridge of Mount Lemon. After about 0.8 miles of hiking through this pine forest with wildflowers along the trail, you'll reach a trail junction (Jct 1 on map). Stay right at this signed junction and continue to follow the Mount Lemmon trail as it continues down the mountain.

The trail is easy to follow and there are a multitude of views that open up through the pine forest. The trail descends along a ridgeline a total of 4.2 miles to the junction with the Wilderness of Rock trail. You can continue another 3 miles along the Mount Lemmon trail to Romero pass, but for our hike, we turned around here.


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