Arriving at the Marshal Gulch trailhead, there was a team of SAR personnel who were gearing up for a training mission.
A friend and I headed up and enjoyed several crossings of a trail side stream. A beautiful setting and when emerging from the shade....
...the surrounding hills were covered with wildflowers.
We hung a left on the Aspen Trail, a first for me. Some spectacular views and evidence of the Bighorn fire from 2 years ago.
Wow, Cathedral Rock in the distance.
In the distance, the Santa Rita Mountains with Wrightson on the left as the high point then Hopkins and far right, Elephant Head. Nearer range is Thimble Peak on the left and Blackett's Ridge to the right of that.
We were trying to figure out why the trail had the name "Aspen" but finally, we encountered a grove of them. Finished with 4 miles and enjoyed the cooler temps.