Hiking From Marshall Gulch Up To Marshall Saddle On To Wilderness Rocks Trail   5 comments

It was Friday, four weeks ago that lightning started the Bighorn Fire. Crews on Thursday switched into the mop-up mode. The fire has burned 118,710 acres or 187 sq miles and is 58% contained. We’ve told that the fire burned parts of Marshell Gulch and the Wilderness Rocks area. This reblog is of a posting from August 16, 2011, containing a video of the hike. I had to think that this beautiful area on Mt. Lemmon has been scarred. We are still waiting for the monsoon rains to start and put out the remaining fires. — kenne (If you don’t see the video in this reblog, click on Becoming is Superior to Being)

Becoming is Superior to Being

Recent storms on the mountain downed this old ponderosa or Arizona pine (not sure which, if either). Image by kenne

Last Friday, we were hiking with the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) from Marshall Gulch up to Marshall Saddle on to Wilderness Rocks. This particular hike took place after an early morning shower, with temps in the upper 50’s. The high humidity made it feel like we were hiking in the great northwest, not in southeast Arizona just 45 minutes north of  Tucson. Recent rains  have given life to the mountain streams and brought on many beautiful wildflowers — a great place for naturalists. This time of year, the mountain provides a great hiking escape from the summer desert.


(Flickr Slideshow)

Photos and video by kenne

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Posted July 3, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

5 responses to “Hiking From Marshall Gulch Up To Marshall Saddle On To Wilderness Rocks Trail

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  1. Beautiful. I hope this area has been untouched by the fire

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  2. Very enjoyable video on one of the highlight Naturalist hikes!

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  3. I could share some personal thoughts here on what exactly Mount Lemmon means to me.
    As a small child of six years old, my family moved to Tucson from Connecticut in 1958. As a kid I sorely missed the greenery and the “babbling brooks” in the East.

    Then one magical day I went to school to find a large, yellow school bus there waiting to take us kids on a field trip to Bear Canyon. The bus was hot and struggled up the grade on the Catalina Highway. As we climbed up the mountain I began to realize that it was becoming noticeably cooler. When we got off the bus we emerged in the pines in Bear Canyon. I’d never seen anything like this. This was as good as Connecticut!

    In later years (about 1980) I took a date up the mountain in my 1968 Chevy Impala. We just about didn’t make it! We got out and had a splendid picnic in the pines and fires in Bear Wallow. I have many, many wonderful memories of the Mountain – too many to relate in this comment section.
    This is a very rare, unusual and wonderful place. How many places are there on our planet where there is a lush mountaintop forest thriving surrounded on all sides by a very hot and dry desert? There are a few other “sky islands” like this in the Southwest but let’s face it, Mount Lemmon is still special.

    The forest of large firs near the summit almost reminded me of scenes that I’d seen in the Sierra Nevada Mountains! It pains me to know that some of those large firs burned in the Bighorn Fire but hopefully they didn’t all burn. The fire might’ve also burned at a low intensity in some areas especially near the top where there might’ve been a little more moisture.

    I hope you can get some more recent pictures later.

    Fred M. Cain,
    Topeka, IN (former Tucson Resident)

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  4. Thanks for sharing your memories.


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