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Take a six-mile volunteer-guided hike with a 1,200-foot elevation gain to the Mt. Lemmon fire lookout house then on to a beautiful alpine meadow. Details: Friday, June 20, 9 a.m.; meet at Mount Lemmon Catalina Hwy. milepost 24.9; free; 749-8700 or www.sabinonaturalists.org.
The Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley ski lift is open as a Sky Ride, Thursdays through Mondays, during the summer. The Sky Ride to the summit and back takes about one hour, and travels from 8,200 feet in elevation to 9,100 feet in elevation. Watch for wildlife and summer birds. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is the southernmost ski area in the United States, and, compared with the Tucson valley, temperatures here are 30º cooler in the aspen and Ponderosa pine forest.
Greater Arizona Bicycling Association sponsors the Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb, one of the toughest 100 hill climbs in the USA, starting at McDonald District Park on Harrison Rd., north of the Catalina Hwy. Mt Lemmon is right up there with the famous passes in the European tours: hardly anywhere else in the US can you climb so high for so many miles in succession.
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Peg Alford took this from her backyard in SaddleBrooke looking at the Catalina's toward Mt. Lemmon. "It was at dusk last week and only lasted a matter of seconds before the "fire" on the mountain turned dark. It was taken with an IPhone!"
Gates that are usually closed seasonally on Mount Lemmon will be opened Friday, Feb. 28 as long as it doesn't snow, according to a press release.
On Sept. 3, the Marana Town Council hosted a public hearing regarding an annexation of 36.79 acres of residential property on the northeast corner of West Twin Peaks and West Oasis roads. Residents of the area filled numerous seats at the meeting waiting for a turn to voice their opposition to the proposal.
Head up to Mt. Lemmon for Oktoberfest, a festival of German food and music. The Oktoberfest runs on the weekends until Oct. 13. The event runs from noon-4 p.m at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley and admission is free.
Charles Miller, who recently moved to Marana, took a drive up to Mt. Lemmon and saw this red-tailed hawk perched on a high branch.
On August 17, at approximately 10:31 a.m., Rincon District deputies, assigned to Mount Lemmon, responded to a shots fired call on Ski Valley Road near the ski lift. Prior to arriving they received information that a bicyclist, who was riding in the area, reported a man was shooting a gun near the ski lift and telling people to leave that area. When deputies arrived, they were unable to locate anyone in the area fitting the description of the man. They were unsuccessful in reaching the reportee to get any additional information.
Bright yellow Columbine flowers bloom beside a small creek next to Marshall Gulch Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Charred and scorched tree trunks, remnants of the 2003 Aspen fire, stand amid dense greenery, evidence Coronado National Forest is recovering.
Outside Summerhaven, three to five foot tall pine trees line the trail on the west side of Marshall Peak, verification that a forest is on the mend 10 years after a devastating fire.
Leaving the driveway in Tucson at 8 a.m. on a recent July morning, the temperature registered 84 degrees. Backing into one of the limited number of parking spots 75 minutes and 40 miles later, the temperature at the end of Sabino Canyon Parkway below Summerhaven on Mt. Lemmon hovers just above 60 degrees.
Crystal clear waters flows into a small pool, the forest landscape reflected on the calm surface.
Search crews located the missing hiker Sunday morning.
Now you see it – now you don't. This, in a nutshell, describes how Adam Block, renowned astrophotographer and astronomy educator with the University of Arizona's Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, discovered a supernova in a galaxy far, far away.
The Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley ski lift is now open as a Sky Ride, Thursdays through Mondays, during the summer. A ride on the Sky Ride to the summit and back takes about one hour. You can expect to see wildlife and summer birds on your way up.
Rocks and Ropes may be in its 21st year of operation, but there’s no monotony when stepping foot into this spacious rock-climbing gymnasium, located at 330 S. Toole Ave.
Oracle State Park, a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge and a center for environmental education, is located in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Ranging from 3,700 to 4,600 feet in elevation, the surrounding landscape transitions from oak woodland to desert grassland, with sweeping views all around.
The road to Mt. Lemmon has been completely closed this morning after snow dusted the mountain last night.