Marshall Gulch – Kamloops Trails
We hiked the Sonoran Desert canyons and ridges, all below the treeline. Tall saguaros, various types of cacti, and prickly shrubs covered the hills and the only trees we encountered were in riparian zones in stream valleys. One day we drove up the road to Mt. Lemmon, an alpine village destination for a summer get-away and a ski hill in winter. We climbed to over 8000 feet to hike in the forest. We chose the Marshall Gulch Trail, a section of the Arizona Trail. We started at a parking area next to Sabino Creek, then followed a forested stream valley northwest up to a ridge
This area is a popular summer hiking area when the desert canyons below become too hot to hike. When we hiked the trail, the 8000 foot forest terrain was still recovering from winter. There are many trails which start off the Mt. Lemmon Road, some of which we hope to hike on a return visit.
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Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, he chose to share this information.
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