Wilderness of Rocks

Tucson, Arizona

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This is a hike through cool pine-fir forest to the edge of the Wilderness of Rocks in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. This cool, shady ravine is densely forested with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and quaking aspen. At the head of the gulch, the trail emerges onto broad pine-covered Marshall Saddle. Turn left here, at 1.2 miles, onto the Aspen Trail, which climbs gradually as it heads south along the east slopes of Marshall Peak. At 1.7 miles, the trail passes through a broad saddle and turns more easterly. You can leave the trail here and follow an informal trail southwest to a rocky viewpoint overlooking the Wilderness of Rocks, named for its granite outcrops.

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"This is a hike through cool pine-fir forest to the edge of the Wilderness of Rocks in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.

This cool, shady ravine is densely forested with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and quaking aspen. At the head of the gulch, the trail emerges onto broad pine-covered Marshall Saddle. Turn left here, at 1.2 miles, onto the Aspen Trail, which climbs gradually as it heads south along the east slopes of Marshall Peak. At 1.7 miles, the trail passes through a broad saddle and turns more easterly. You can leave the trail here and follow an informal trail southwest to a rocky viewpoint overlooking the Wilderness of Rocks, named for its granite outcrops."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 660 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,500 feet
Top Elevation: 8,000 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Lemmon; USFS Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilderness of Rocks

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May 2018