I had been on the Mount Lemmon Highway once before, but only to Rose Canyon Lake. It was nice to go back, after already doing a hike of Wasson Peak and Amole Peak earlier in the morning, and especially considering the *entire* Mount Lemmon Highway was snow-free. You could not hope for much better in regard of conditions, for late January above 8000' elevation. I parked near the ski area, and hiked up the road from there. When I reached the gated observatory, I followed the fenceline to the "HP" location(s).
Drove up to the ski area and climbed up the road after the sun had already set. Stomped around in the snow for awhile and then headed back. Nice views of Tucson at night from the road.
A nice lookout form the nearby tower!
Climbed up the Marshall Gulch and Aspen Trails, and ducked inside the fence to tag the true summit. A guy working at the observatory saw me and kindly pointed me to the very highest point. Snow on north-facing slopes above 7,500 feet and 3-4 inches on the very top itself. A good little workout!
OK, we drove up with Barb and Dan, but going snow tubing near the summit was a lot of fun! Spectacular island in the sky escape from the desert below. Views along the highway up were awesome.
At least the paved road up was scenic. We came up a dirt road from the north with a Jeep rental that had no lower gears or 4WD. It was intense up and down the mountain.
Hiked mostly along the Meadows Trail with my son, daughter, son-in-law and 9-year old granddaughter. What a treat to see her on her first hiking experience! --mark d.
Great views from up top.
Drove the road all the way up past the ski resort than wandered around the summit area. Great views on the backside of Samaniego Peak.
In town for work and drove up in February. The snow and Juncos and conifers appear to be straight from Maine. The sunset and views of the town in the dark are splendid. Saw some sort of big weasel run across the road, but couldn't ID it in the dark.
Climbed Lemmon from Catalina State park via the Romera and Wilderness of Rocks trails.
Temps were in the 50s I'd guess at the summit. The ski valley was operational but the snow was crud. Snow lingered on shaded slopes, but was not deep enough to warrant any flotation. Hiked from road while wife was doing business in Tucson. Good way to kill a few hours. Vistas from top were more impressive than I'd hoped. Needed a bigger map to be able to know what everything was from up there.
Tough, long hike from bottom to top, but well worth it. Rains from the days before left the plants along the trail to Romero Pass wet and soaked us as we fought the brush to gain Romero Pass. Creeks were running strong along the way. From there, the views opened up as the hike got steeper on the Mt. Lemmon Trail. Took the Wilderness of Rocks Trail to just beneath the summit, then hiked up to Lemmon Rock Lookout and over to the summit. Fresh snow coated the ground and frosted the trees. Hiked to the summit, then down the road to the ski area, trying not to slip on the icy road.
This is where I completed my first multi-pith climb. Can't remember the route name, but I will say it got me hooked. Great views of Tucson.
I took the nice scenic drive up the Catalina Highway and came down the 4x4 road on the back side. Nice views.
Family drove up when I was a kid, and I've been to the
top several times since. Most exercise was hiking up from
ski area with Roy Schweiker.
Skipped out on a conference in Tucson and drove to the ski area near the top. Hiked to the summit and fire look out. Wonderful views of the desert floor. The "Sky Islands" are a marvel worth exploring.
Drove up to the top. Uneventful.
Very scenic area though the summit itself is kinda blah.
Used to be all over this mountain, climbing (on the lower areas), hiking, and skiing.