Beat the heat camping on Mt. Lemmon near 8000 ft. surrounded by the cool pines above Tucson. A little different this year as we have Whitetail site #3 reserved. It has 12 tent sites and has a large ramada, electricity, water, grills and terraced tent sites along the hill. It's just steps from a dramatic view of Tucson.
Getting to the campsite is a memorable trip up the Sky Island Scenic Byway, a recently improved road that has changing vegetation from the desert floor to the fir tree forest above. Figure about two hours from Phoenix to Tucson and another hour up the hill.
Great hiking trails are all around. Organized hikes are planned for Friday and Saturday. In addition there are many things to explore up on the mountain. The Mt. Lemmon ski area operates its lift year round. The Iron Door Restaurant is open for lunch. There’s the little vacation village of Summerhaven only 4 miles up the road where you can find eats, ice cream and a small general store for ice. There is a restaurant open for brunch and dinner called Sawmill Run. You might want to explore the Marshall Gulch picnic area at the Lemmon Summit Trailheads. Hopefully you’ll have time for a quiet afternoon in the cool air.
The campsite is optimized for tent camping. Because of space limits expect to share your terrace with at least one other tent. Each terrace is a good size. Parking space is strictly limited to 10 vehicles. Carpooling is recommended. When we reach 10 vehicles it will be necessary to park across the highway along a side road. There may be very limited RV spaces available at Rose Canyon Campground which is a couple miles south for those in RV's.
A BYOB is planned for Saturday from 5pm till 6pm. Please bring something to share for the cocktail hour. A Saturday meal will be provided for 6:00 PM and those wishing to come for the meal only are welcome. We will provide coffee and snacks for Saturday and Sunday mornings. We hope that people from Phoenix and Tucson will join us for the hikes and meal.
Hosts are Doug in Phoenix and Peter in Tucson.
For more information contact Doug in the Phoenix area at 480.991.6513 and Peter in Tucson at 520.881.8276