Hiking Mt. Lemmon – Meadow Loop Trail

Mt Lemmon is a common hiking spot in the Santa Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson, Arizona. This past weekend’s scenic drive up the Catalina Highway was populated with enthusiastic cyclists and it led to the small town of Summerhaven along with the many trail heads. In the hot Tucson summers, the 45 minute drive and subsequent hike at nearly 9,000 feet was refreshing. It’s an average 20 degrees cooler at the top than the rest of Tucson. Because of the different climate, the plant life is lush and there was a fantastic view of the city.

The Meadow Loop Trail is one of the shorter hiking trails at 1.6 miles, but if one is not used to the higher altitude and occasionally prone to mild altitude sickness, it’s a good trail to start with.

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