Wilderness of Rock

Mount Lemmon, Arizona

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A day hike or backpack into the Wilderness of Rock. This route accesses a very popular area of pine forests and striking granite formations. The Wilderness of Rock receives particularly heavy visitor use from late spring through early fall, and travelers should make an extra effort to ensure that they leave the area unscarred by their passage. The rugged nature of the country makes it hard to find a level campsite, and campers should be especially careful to conceal their tents from passersby. Water can generally be found in the wash of Lemmon Canyon. Route-finding skills will prove useful here, since the path often crosses broad stretches of bare stone.

Wilderness of Rock Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike or backpack into the Wilderness of Rock. This route accesses a very popular area of pine forests and striking granite formations. The Wilderness of Rock receives particularly heavy visitor use from late spring through early fall, and travelers should make an extra effort to ensure that they leave the area unscarred by their passage.

The rugged nature of the country makes it hard to find a level campsite, and campers should be especially careful to conceal their tents from passersby. Water can generally be found in the wash of Lemmon Canyon. Route-finding skills will prove useful here, since the path often crosses broad stretches of bare stone."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Lemmon
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,025 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best April to October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,970 feet
Top Elevation: 8,065 feet
Local Contacts: Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilderness of Rock

Recent Trail Reviews

9/30/1998
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The WOR is a most intriguing area. The rock formations are like non I had ever seen: small, large, stacked, balanced. Shaped like so many geometric figures in a ballet of form and imagined function. The trail winds through them leading to Lemmon Creek where other trails connect. Access to the Wilderness of rock is from near the summit of Mt. Lemmon's winter ski area. The area is forested. The trail is well marked and well traveled and you might want to stop by the fire lookout cabin on your way down. It's quite a view!



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