The 3.7-mile loop created by the Aspen and Marshall Gulch trails in the Catalina Mountains is one of the best, most classic summer hikes near Tucson.
Cool mountain air. Aspen groves. Cool mountain air. Winsome wildflowers. Cool mountain air. Tranquil pools of water.
New Mexico locust were blooming June 10 along the loop formed by the Aspen and Marshall Gulch trails.
Hiker Gary Pivo takes time out from his hike to relax on the "bark-alounger."
Hard to believe that 10 years has passed since the Aspen Fire tore through Summerhaven and the Santa Catalina Mountains. The fire burned 84,750 acres and destroyed 335 structures in and around Summerhaven.
Weapons used in the fight against the Aspen Fire included air power. Here, an Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helitanker makes a water drop in Esperero Canyon.
Corona de Tucson and Three Points firefighters battle to save a house on Phoenix Avenue near Carter Canyon Road.
Daniela Guerrero, 4, enjoys the playground equipment at First Avenue Elementary School as waves of smoke from the Aspen Fire blow over San Manuel, reducing the sun to a dim glow.
An air tanker's retardant is spread ahead of flames early in the fire's progress. But the fire soon made such efforts look puny.
Heavy smoke envelopes a hotshot crew as firefighters wait for flames to move toward them.
As the Aspen Fire barrels up Marshall Gulch and through Summerhaven, a home on Phoenix Avenue falls to the flames – one of more than 300 structures destroyed. Losing them frustrated firefighters who were trained to save buildings but forced by flames to fall back.
Bob Foster hands his wife, the Rev. Jo Foster, a tea kettle from the kitchen area of their home on Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven.
A scorched motorcycle sits along Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven.
Steve Hulland Jr. and his wife, Samantha, draw support from each other. Mount Lemmon Cabins & Cookies, which went up in flames, was their family business.
The lush forest and the vibrant village of Summerhaven were largely reduced to ashes and smoldering rubble.
The Aspen Fire consumes two homes close together near Phoenix Avenue and East Carter Canyon in Summerhaven.
A chimney stack is all that remains of one house, while an undamaged home is seen in the background near the intersection of Phoenix Avenue and East Carter Canyon Road.
Brenda Young and Sharon Brady watch the Aspen Fire from Two O'Clock Hill in Oracle, which firefighters shielded with fuel breaks and intentional burns.
Corona de Tucson and Three Points firefighters battle to save a house on Phoenix Avenue near Carter Canyon Road in Summerhaven during the Aspen Fire in 2003.