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We’ve been preoccupied with mountain biking for most of April so we decided to start May off with a new hike on Mount Lemmon. We packed our doggy-guest into the car and headed up Catalina Highway, made it to the top of Mount Lemmon, realized it was too cold for our Arizona-blood and headed back down to the base for a warmer hike. Charlie, our doggy-guest was extremely confused at all our stops. So were we. On our 3rd try, we parked at the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp where there are several trail heads and picked out the trail to the Molino Basin Campground. Sometimes unplanned hikes turn out just beautiful!

We had plenty of cloud coverage today so the hike was perfect. Normally this sort of hike would be saved for the winter months since it is a very exposed, desert hike.

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
Meet Charlie-girl, our most mellow guest yet! She loves going OUTSIDE! Say the words ‘outside’ or ‘walk’ and this normally laid back pup perks right up. That tail can wag a million miles per hour!

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
Avoiding eye contact with the camera. We don’t want husband to think we’re challenging him.

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
This trail is dotted with lots of wildflowers. Always surprising when in the desert.

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/
We realized this would make a fun trek for mountain bikes so we have plans to come back to ride this trail!

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/

Hiking the Gordon Hirabayashi Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail on Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/prison-camp-molino-campground-trail/

Prison Camp to Molino Basin Campground Trail Overview

  • Coordinates: 32°20’9.47″N, 110°43’12.38″W
  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  • Usage: Light
  • Length: 3 Miles Out & Back
  • Things to note:
    1. This is an exposed trail with little shade. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen / sunglasses / a hat.
  • Pets allowed: Yes
How About You?
  • Have you hiked or biked here before?
  • Do you have any tips? Feel free to leave a comment below!
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