Aspen Trail #93 is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 7,434 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,576 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and restrooms. Near the end of the trail is a mast.
Aspen Trail #93 Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day loop through the high country near Mount Lemmon. This trail offers a popular day loop through high montane country from the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. It is often crowded during summer and early autumn, especially on weekends. The aspen stands for which the trail is named are among the largest in the state, and put on a brief fall color display that generally peaks in late October.The trail begins on a southward bearing as it climbs the slopes above the west bank of Sabino Creek. After a short distance, a rocky overlook just below the trail offers views of the granite-walled canyon, sprinkled liberally with tall ponderosa pines. The path turns westward into a moist swale. This level glade is populated by groves of quaking aspen, their stately colonnades capped by clouds of bright-green leaves that tremble in the slightest breeze. The dark green spires of spruce and fir rise in the midst of the aspens, thrown into high relief by lighter foliage surrounding them."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country (Falcon Guides).
"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).
"The Aspen Trail is a short but very scenic day hike to a viewpoint overlooking the rugged Wilderness of Rocks area and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. This is another cool hike during the summer, and a good place to see fall color as the aspens change in October. There is an exceptionally good viewpoint on the small hill just southwest of the trail at 1.6 miles. From this vantage, you can see much of the well-named Wilderness of Rocks to the southwest. From the trailhead, start the hike on the Marshall Gulch Trail, which ascends Marshall Gulch west past Huntsman Spring to Marshall Saddle and a multiple-trail junction. 50 Best Easy Day Hikes TucsonTake the leftmost trail, the Aspen Trail, which heads south around Marshall Peak. Continue the hike on the Aspen Trail, which heads east as it continues around Marshall Peak, then descends a ridge to return to the Marshall Gulch Trailhead."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson (Falcon Guides).
"A short day hike to a viewpoint overlooking the rugged Wilderness of Rocks area. From the trailhead, start the hike on the Marshall Gulch Trail, which ascends Marshall Gulch west past Huntsman Spring to Marshall Saddle and a multiple-trail junction. Take the leftmost trail, the Aspen Trail, which heads south around Marshall Peak. There is an exceptionally good viewpoint on the small hill just southwest of the trail at 1.6 miles."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
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