Wilderness of Rocks Loop Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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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.

Wilderness of Rocks Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USFS Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilderness of Rocks Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2007
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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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