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Catalina Mountains Wildflower Hike


Now - July 26, 2013

General $150
Member $120

Friday | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Trip limit: 12

Trip Leaders

  • Lynn Hassler, author and naturalist
  • Jack Gilcrest, plant specialist


Explore one of Arizona's most famous "sky islands" as we follow the Catalina highway, starting from an elevation of 2,400 feet in the Lower Sonoran Desert and climbing to the top of Mount Lemmon at an elevation of over 9,000 feet, from desert to alpine forests in just a few hours! On average, the temperature at the summit is 25 to 30 degrees cooler than at the base. We will stop at various elevations during the day, but main destination is the Meadow Trail loop in search of mountain wildflowers: beebalm, wild geranium, St. John's wort, paintbrush, sneezeweed, cutleaf coneflower, yarrow, mountain parsley, lupine, columbine, and more. Participants need to be in good physical condition, able to hike independently over relatively high elevation terrain with short, steep grades and loose, rocky, uneven footing for a distance of several miles.

Day-Trip Includes

  • Guided Tours
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Checklists and handouts

Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from the meeting site in Tucson
  • Personal expenses

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