Left: Green and water along the Marshall Gulch Trail on a lovely summer day. June 2014. Right: AZ Trail Sign at the start of the Marshall Gulch Trail. June 2014.
Hot summer day in Tucson? What about a scenic drive to the top of the mountain, a snack in Summerhaven and a hike under the trees in Marshall Gulch – the only downside is that there is no way you are the only one with this idea… The Marshall Gulch Trail #3 is – understandably – a very popular trail offering not only great hiking and scenery but also access to the trail system at the top of the mountain including the Aspen Trail, Mint Spring Trail and Wilderness of Rock Trail!
Out and Back
550' Elevation Gain
550' Elevation Loss
Highest Elevation: 8,000'
Lowest Elevation: 7,450'
This hike is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.
Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!). Last 0.5 miles is closed to motor vehicles in winter (December 15 to March 1 - dates subject to change depending on weather/conditions).
Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
Left on Catalina Highway (29.3 miles)
Continue thru Summerhaven on Sabino Canyon Parkway - most of the year you can drive 1.2 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. In winter (December 15 to March 1 depending on the weather) the final 0.5 miles of the drive (Marshall Gulch Road) will often be closed to vehicles, there is limited parking off the road near the gate. In winter the road is still open to foot traffic and the trailhead is open.
Regardless of the time of year parking can be a challenge on popular holidays/weekends.