Marshall Gulch Picnic Area is located in the forest south of Summerhaven, on the upper slopes of Mt. Lemmon. Large outcrops of granitic rock, almost white against the background of a pine needle-covered forest floor, are crisscrossed with dikes of even whiter pegmatite. Sabino Creek wanders through the picnic area as it begins its drop into the upper reaches of Sabino Canyon, one of the most beautiful canyons in the Southwest. With all that scenery conveniently close-by, a good way to add spice to your lunch is to hike along one of the trails that start at this picnic area. Both Marshall Gulch Trail and the Aspen Trail provide access from the picnic area to the Santa Catalina Natural Area, where they connect to a broader network of trails on the southwestern slopes and canyons of the mountain range. Accessible to persons with disabilities. A large area of Pusch Ridge Wilderness is closed to dogs for the protection of desert bighorn sheep. Check with the Santa Catalina Ranger District for more information.
At a Glance
Catalina Mountain Pass required.
No reservations accepted. First come, first serve. No trailers or large motor homes. No camping or overnight parking permitted. Trailheads for the Aspen Trail and the Marshall Gulch Trail are located at the lower end of the picnic area. Overnite parking permitted at trailhead only. No bikes are allowed in the wilderness. No pack or saddle stock permitted. Pets must be on leash at all times
Northeast of Tucson, at the end of the Catalina Highway.
No drinking water.
Santa Catalina Ranger District
Directions: Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 25.6 miles (through Summerhaven). Marshall Gulch Picnic Area is a quarter mile beyond the village. All roads are paved, but chains or 4-wheel drive may be required in winter because of snow.
Big rocks, tall trees, cool mountain setting. Tables and fire grills. Good for a hike or a stroll Toilets Fall colors (October). Garbage bin. Shopping nearby