Butterfly Trail

Mount Lemmon, Arizona

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This is a cool hike through pine, fir, and aspen forest high on the northeast slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It offers a welcome respite from the desert heat and is also pleasant in the fall, when the aspens and other deciduous plants are changing color. There is also a seasonal waterfall in the drainage below the trail. This spot makes a good destination for an out-and-back hike.

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"This is a cool hike through pine, fir, and aspen forest high on the northeast slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It offers a welcome respite from the desert heat and is also pleasant in the fall, when the aspens and other deciduous plants are changing color.

There is also a seasonal waterfall in the drainage below the trail. This spot makes a good destination for an out-and-back hike."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Mount Lemmon
Distance: 6.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson 85750; (520) 749-8700; www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/
Local Maps: USGS Mount Bigelow; USFS: Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Butterfly Trail

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May 2018