On Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day - no classes) we will be heading up to Mt. Lemmon for a hike to Lemmon Pools, which is a refreshing series of swimming holes located a few miles below the summit of the mountain. This is an 8-9 mile out-and-back hike starting and ending at the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. Despite its length, the trail is relatively easy, i.e. no dramatic ascents or descents, good footing, nice tree cover, etc. There's a small section (~0.25 miles) leading up to the pools that requires some off-trail bushwhacking, but there is a social trail that is clear and easy to follow. I suggest we meet in front of Harshbarger at 8:00 AM again and head up the mountain from there. This will be an all-day outing (~1.5 hours driving to the trail, ~5 hours hiking, another ~1.5 hours driving back to campus) and we should be back on campus by early evening.
- Water (3-4 liters minimum)
- Definitely bring lunch and plenty of trail snacks
- Sun protection (sunscreen, wide-brim hat, or both!)
- Good shoes (closed-toe recommended) – Sandals or old shoes recommended for those interested in swimming in the pools
- Long-sleeve shirt or a sweater & a rain jacket
Daily high temperatures are normally in the upper 60's to low 70's at the summit during this time of the year, so I would recommend bringing a long-sleeve shirt or a sweater just in case you get cool. Since afternoon thunderstorms are still cropping up, I would also recommend bringing a rain jacket. If it looks like the weather starts to turn threatening, we'll just cut the hike short and head back to the parking area. Better to be safe!