It’s about that time the “snow birds” begin flocking out of southern Arizona. The fast rising temperature makes it unbearable to venture outdoors so to escape the 99° F (37°C) heat, we ventured up to Mount Lemmon where it is always 20° cooler. Plus, we’re watching Rocco for the weekend and he was in need of a mini-adventure!
The Catalina Highway, which runs through Mount Lemmon, was recently designated as the Sky Island Parkway. Sky islands are “mountains that are isolated by surrounding lowlands of a dramatically different environment”. Basically if you get lost in the Santa Catalinas, head upwards because that’s where all the life is. That’s according to Bear Grylls, who filmed an episode on Arizona’s Sky Islands (Season 6, Episode 1 Arizona Sky Islands).
The Marshall Gulch area of Mount Lemmon is a great place to explore for day hikes or even just to spend the day picnicking there. Since husband injured his ankle a few weeks back, we opted for a short adventure and just trekked the 1.2 mile Marshall Gulch trail without continuing onto any of the many trails it connects with.
See our trip reports of other Marshall Gulch area hikes:
Aspen Draw Trail #93 http://americanexpeditioners.com/aspen-trail-93
Sunset Trail http://americanexpeditioners.com/sunset-trail-to-marshall-gulch
Rocco jumped right into the stream. This is the same dog that was giving us scared puppy eyes when we bathed him on Friday…
The trick to getting your dog to look at the camera is to fake a sneeze right before you snap the picture. It works on husbands too.
Home-made trail mix.
Marshall Gulch Trail Overview
- Coordinates: 32.42804900 -110.75567500
- Fees: FREE
- Difficulty: Easy
- Usage: Light
- Length: 2.4 Miles Out & Back
- Pets allowed: Yes