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Aspen Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This pleasurable walk through a variety of mountain terrain is quite popular among local hikers. Unfortunately, the 85,000-acre Aspen Fire swept across much of this portion of the Santa Catalina Mountains in 2003. Despite being broadly affected by the blaze, the Aspen Loop hike is still a worthwhile endeavor.This hike description follows the loop counterclockwise, mountainsides feature mostly standing dead and thus begins by following the timber. Marshall Gulch Trail, which takes off just to the After 1.2 miles the Marshall Gulch Trail tops right of the outhouse. Climbing along mostly out on Marshall Saddle, where it connects with easy grades, the Marshall Gulch Trail heads other routes. The Wilderness of Rocks Trail west from the picnic area along an often shady continues west from the saddle, and the Aspen A thicket of pine saplings growing along the Aspen Trail in the wake of a large forest fire Trail runs north and south."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
This is a hidden treasure up on Mt Lemmon. We hiked it in early June, so the wildflowers were in full-bloom. We went in reverse direction. The trail is a moderate to easy hike, with some nice ascents and long, winding stretches through rich, colorful alpine meadows and forests. The aspen groves are dense, and there are lots of ferns, fallen Ponderosas and buck-oak. There were even wild strawberries, but fruit won't come til the end of the summer. The hike down Marshall Gulch was beautiful and scenic. BRING BUG SPRAY.
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