Wilderness of Rocks

Mount Lemmon, Arizona

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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.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson

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by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Mount Lemmon
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
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 Lemmon; USFS: Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilderness of Rocks

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May 2018