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    Aspen Loop Trail 93

    Coronado National Forest, Arizona
    Elevation Gain2,576ft
    Trailhead Elevation7,434ft
    Elevation Min/Max7434/9026ft
    Elevation Start/End7434/7434ft

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    Rincon, AZ
    Pathfinder | 123 pts
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    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.
    Pathfinder | 151 pts
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    When I did this trail, it turned out to be a bit tedious: Lots of fallen trees blocked the trail, making it necessary to find a way around around or to climb over them (getting charcoaled hands and clothes, as some of them have been burned in the big fire). Additionally, the parking lot at the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area was closed when I did the trail, adding about 0.7 miles one-way or 1.4 miles (round-trip), so the total of the hike was 5.3 miles instead of the advertised 3.0 miles.

    Having said this, the hike offered good views on the first half of the trail and the way down from the Marshall Saddle via Marshall Gulch is simply gorgeous (and much better maintained). Lots of green, the songs of the birds and the bubbling of the water make this part worth the whole trip. This was what made me enjoy the whole hike!

    Once the first part of the trail is again in a better shape, this hike is good for a solid rating!

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    Coronado National Forest
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    Coronado National Forest
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    USGS Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
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