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Mt Lemmon: Sunset - Marshall - Aspen loop
Yet Another Mt Lemmon Hike! I'm hoping for rain over the weekend, and water running on the trails on Tuesday. This is a "lollipop hike" from the Sunset trail head, at about mile marker 23, across from the Butterfly trail head. It's gently downhill over to the Marshall Gulch picnic area where we pick up Marshall Gulch trail and hike up to the Big Junction. Hang a left onto Aspen trail to wend our way back to Marshall Gulch and return on Sunset to the cars. We'll stop at the famous (to me at least) Lunch Ledge off Aspen trail for a break, snacks and to enjoy the vista over Tucson. Stats: About 7.5 miles total, with around 1,000' elevation gain. Warning: I underestimated the mileage and AEG for my last couple of hikes, so it may be more! This route is easier than my last two, but is still not a beginner hike! I'll call it intermediate+ as I like to keep a reasonably brisk pace. Meet at Le Buzz cafe for a 6:30am departure. We'll carpool up to the trail head. Please arrive early enough to get coffee and so we can set up the car pooling. Even though it's a lot cooler up on the mountain, the UV factor is very high and the sun is debilitating. Some sections of the trail are exposed so a hat is essential (but who hikes AZ without one?). Also bring snacks, especially salty ones, and plenty of water - I've been using more than usual recently due to the sun factor. You may bring a guest, but please limit it to one friend so that group members can come.

Le Buzz cafe

Madera Village, 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd · Tucson

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Our group features hikes of variable length & ability. Beginner hikes range from 2 to 4 miles, while advanced hikes may be up to 16 miles and may feature bush-wacking & rock scrambling. Beginner and moderate hikes usually are a mixed group between athletic pace and slow or moderate pace. Having fun talking, taking pictures, and admiring the beautiful Sonoran desert is all part of the package deal.

Many factors determine the difficulty of a hike: mileage, terrain, elevation and pace. The hike rating scale that we have adopted is:

A - Extreme: no limit for distance or elevation
B - Advanced: maximum 16 miles or 3000' gain
C - Intermediate: maximum 8 miles or 1500' gain
D - Beginner: maximum 4 miles or 500' gain

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