Wilderness of Rocks Trail 44

Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area, Arizona

Distance3.7mi
Elevation Gain2,389ft
Trailhead Elevation7,293ft
Top7,974ft
Elevation Min/Max6971/7974ft
Elevation Start/End7293/7293ft

Wilderness of Rocks Trail 44

Wilderness of Rocks Trail #44 is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 7,293 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,389 feet. This trail connects with the following: Aspen Loop Trail #93, Lemmon Rock Lookout Trail #12, Marshall Gulch Trail #3, Mint Spring Trail, Mt. Lemmon and Mount Lemmon Trail #5.

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A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This is a long day hike or overnight backpack trip from Mount Lemmon through the scenic Wilderness of Rocks. Special Considerations: This trail starts at the top of Mount Lemmon and loses 2,800 feet of elevation, all of which you will have to climb at the end of the hike. From the parking area, head west on the Mount Lemmon Trail, which skirts around the south side of the fenced Mount Lemmon Observatory, 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. Those hikers wanting an easy hike can turn left here and hike 0.3 mile to the Lemmon Rock Trail. From this junction you could turn right and walk 0.2 mile to Lemmon Rock Lookout for the view, then backtrack to the junction and walk 0.3 mile to the Mount Lemmon Trailhead." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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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." Read more
Five-Star Trails: Tucson (Menasha Ridge Press)
Rob Rachowiecki
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"This cool, high hike is a great way to spend a summer day away from Tucson’s heat. You’ll start just below the summit of Mount Lemmon and descend steeply almost 2,000 feet, past rock formations and through pine forests. The Wilderness of Rock is an area of mainly granite boulders and cliff s forming a wide band around the south side of the higher sections of Mount Lemmon. This loop enters the eastern part of the wilderness and exits via the popular Marshall Gulch saddle and up to the top of Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, Tucson’s backyard ski area." Read more
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike or backpack into the Wilderness of Rock, 5.0 miles one way. 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." Read more

Wilderness of Rocks Trail #44 Reviews

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8/23/2007
I have never done this trail as described in the guide - but I have done the Lemmon Rock Trail to the [other side of] Wildrness of Rocks, and then returned via the Aspen Trail. I have been on the Lemmon Rock Trail a number of times and managed to get lost nearly everytime. It is very steep and rocky; hence difficult to see the path. Keep an eye out for cairns - they are the only things that keep me on track!
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9/30/1998
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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Trail Information

Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
USGS Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
Local Maps

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