Summerhaven

Overview

Summerhaven is a small town located at the end of the General Hitchcock (Catalina) Highway near the top of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Over 5000′ higher than Tucson Summerhaven has long been an escape from the summer heat and the shops, restaurants, access to trails and cooler temps make it a great destination.

Summerhaven DOES NOT have a gas station and there is no gas available on the drive up the mountain – it is 60 miles round trip from the Shell station on the northwest corner of Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Road (the last gas station on the drive up), be sure you have enough gas for the trip up the mountain!

Businesses in Summerhaven – note that none of the businesses in Summerhaven have late/extended hours:

There are no motels/hotels in Summerhaven but there are a number of cabins that can you can arrange in advance to rent (try the Mt. Lemmon General Store’s page on rentals as a place to start).

Public Restrooms are located on the north side of the Mt Lemmon Community Center off of Turkey Run Road.

The Marshall Gulch Trailhead and Picnic Area is a popular area located just beyond Summerhaven – the picnic areas under the trees are lovely and the Aspen Trail, Marshall Gulch Trail and the Sunset Trail leave from the trailhead. There is a fee to use this area and it is often closed to vehicles in winter (you can still walk into the area when the gate across the road is closed). This area has limited parking and is very busy in good weather and on holiday weekends.

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Summerhaven, Ski Valley and Summit Area - Shops, Restaurants and Trailheads

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Marshall Gulch Trailhead: 32.428054, -110.755743
Mint Spring Trailhead: 32.440167, -110.766155
Oracle Ridge Trailhead: 32.451491, -110.754335
Red Ridge Trailhead: 32.448284, -110.769479
Mount Lemmon Recreation Area: 32.440483, -110.785733
Community Center: 32.444919, -110.760622
Living Rainbow Gift Shop: 32.441610, -110.759756
Mount Lemmon Realty Inc: 32.445152, -110.760543
Mt Lemmon Cookie Cabin: 32.441459, -110.759859
Mt Lemmon General Store: 32.442899, -110.759263
Mt Lemmon Post Office: 32.445097, -110.760078
Public Restrooms: 32.445012, -110.760639
Sawmill Run Restaurant: 32.444896, -110.760092
Ski Valley: 32.448565, -110.781133
Iron Door Restaurant: 32.448624, -110.780388
Iron Door Restaurant: 32.447608, -110.781506

Location

Driving Time and Distance from Tucson

  • 1 hour and 20 minutes from Speedway and Campbell
  • 38.7 miles from Speedway and Campbell
  • Miles up Highway: 24.8 miles
  • Side of the Highway: Both
  • Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!)

Fees and Services

  • Fee: No
  • Restrooms: Yes (Located on the north side of the Community Center off of Turkey Run Road)
  • Water: Yes

Additional Notes

  • The Aspen Draw Trail is the only trail frequently/most conveniently accessed directly from Summerhaven. However if you are willing to add some road miles to your hike Summerhaven's central location between the Marshall Gulch TrailheadMint Spring Trailhead and Summit Trailhead can make it an interesting part of a loop (perhaps even with a cookie stop/snack/lunch stop in the middle!).

Driving Directions

Driving Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson - Summerhaven:

  • Drive East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
  • Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
  • Left on Catalina Highway (29.3 miles)
  • Continue into Summerhaven on Sabino Canyon Parkway and find parking in Summerhaven - the most convenient parking is in the set of paved/striped spots on the west side of the road after passing Turkey Run Road (trying to park in Summerhaven on a busy/beautiful weekend day may be challenging).

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Summerhaven.

Update Notes

  • 2017/7/31 – Updated text, added Cookie Cabin link, added Summerhaven map