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Hittin’ the Trails: Finding fall colors on Mount Lemmon

SUMMERHAVEN – Leaf peeping is reaching its peak atop Mount Lemmon.

If you’re looking to go “Hittin’ the Trails” in autumn’s beauty this weekend, here’s three fall color hot spots that are a 45 minute drive from Tucson.

The road near Bear Wallow Campground is shimmering in gold and red. Mid to late afternoon features filtered sunshine through the aspens and maples. Pack the long sleeves, as it will be seasonably cool.

Mt Lemmon Fall Colors Clouds
Courtesy: Mike Shaw

Further up the mountain, foliage at Ski Valley is at max colors. The Aspen Draw Trail descends down into a sea of gold and red. This is a great family hike, netting 2 miles round trip near the ski slopes.

Finally, Marshall Gulch is worthy of a mention. Not as much color is found here, but still enough to satisfy. There’s an easy out-and-back portion of the trail, or you can take the longer Aspen Loop. The latter’s a 3.5 mile hike, tailor made for more experienced hikers.

Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish is an award-winning meteorologist at KVOA. You can watch his weekday weather forecasts on Tucson Today & News 4 Tucson at Noon. He has also contributed his weather expertise to The Weather Channel, Washington Post, New York Times, AM 1030 KVOI and the Arizona Daily Star.
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