This long day hike leads from Mount Lemmon through the scenic Wilderness of Rocks and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Wilderness of Rocks takes its name from the many granite boulders, domes, cliffs, and other rock formations found in the area south of Mount Lemmon’s summit.
From the parking area, head west on the Mount Lemmon Trail, which skirts around the south side of the fenced Mount Lemmon Observatory and then heads southwest, descending on a broad ridge crest. You’ll pass through Lemmon Park, which is a small meadow set in stands of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, limber pine, and white fir, and then pass the junction with the Quartzite Spring Trail, where a powerline also meets the trail.
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