- Type: Hiking
NileGuide Expert Says:
This is a fairly easy kid- and dog-friendly hike.
- The loop formed by Aspen and Marshall Gulch Trails is one of the most heavily used upper elevation routes into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. This moderate hike leads through an area of diverse habitats that include excellent examples of Canadian Zone riparian areas and ponderosa pine forests. If you are a bit of an amateur naturalist, you might want to bring a guide to Arizona's trees as well. You'll see quite a few different species along this trail which changes aspect and life zones as it loops around a false summit of Marshall Peak. You'll find aspens here, of course, but you'll also pass by Douglas-fir and white fir, Gambel and silverleaf oak, madrone and more.
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. Along this part of the route the pathway literally sparkles with flakes of mica and quartz. After taking in the wide angle overlooks at Lunch Ledge and Marshall Saddle, both of which include overlooks of the Wilderness of Rock area, towering Lemmon Rock, and Romero Pass, take the Marshall Gulch Trail back to your starting point. It leads down a cool, shady canyon which is usually well stocked with wildflowers and pleasant little pools.
Except for the trailhead, this loop is entirely within the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness.
Winter can bring heavy snows to this trail. Water can be found in Marshall Gulch year-round. Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
- tel: 520-749-8700
- 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd
- Tucson, AZ 85750
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