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Finding Fall on Mount Lemmon’s Aspen Trail #93

Ah, the ever elusive Aspen Trail #93. Probably not elusive to most people, but for some reason unbeknowst to us, we have failed to find this trail not once but twice. Today we were determined to find Aspen Trail or stay until we got it right! –well, that was my goal. Husband probably would’ve told me to hitch hike home if I had refused to leave.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to hitch hike home. Aspen Trail #93 was actually right in front of us, nearly hidden by plants. Certainly it’s very easy to pass without seeing –which we have done multiple times. It is right at the end of the Marshall Gulch parking lot, south of the restrooms.

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Aspen Trail #93 heads upwards. The mistake we made previously was to head up then go down a side trail that leads over the stream and towards Sunset Trail. To continue on Aspen Trail, disregard the side trail that heads down and instead follow the trail upwards.

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
The aspens on this trail don’t compare to the beautiful forest of Inner Basin in Flagstaff, but there are skinny aspen trees nonetheless.

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
The aspen grove seems to be limited to a particular area, growing in disorder. We overheard several seperate hiking groups commenting“I thought there were aspens on this trail…” There are. Just not many.

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Ferns while Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
After passing the aspen grove, the trail winds through a fern grove.

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Aspen Trail #93 offers views of upper Sabino Canyon, sections of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness and Tucson.

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Husband was busy doing pushups while I was admiring the view (which is a cover-up for trying to catch my breath). This is actually a relatively easy hike but I didn’t have my usual pre-trail donut therefore my fuel tank was running sans donut. 😛

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/

Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
Changing fall leaves in a Marshal Gulch stream while Hiking Aspen Trail #93 on Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93/
There it is! We finally found fall in Tucson!

Aspen Trail #93 Overview

  • Coordinates: 32.42804900 -110.75567500
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Length: 3.9 Miles Roundtrip
  • Pets allowed: Yes
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