Gallery 2: Mount Lemmon

The Santa Catalinas are one of Southern Arizona's "sky islands," an isolated mountain chain rising from the desert floor. Mount Lemmon is the highest point in the Santa Catalinas, rising to an elevation of over 9,100 feet. The Santa Catalinas are triangular in shape and run about 20 miles on both the north-south and east-west axes.

The drive up to Mt. Lemmon means passing by dozens of luxury homes

Starting the hour long climb to the top of the mountain

Spectatular rock formations & numerous pullouts to enjoy the vistas

Molino Basin - camping & hiking

Looking back toward Thimble Peak

You can see the highward up ahead

Every turn seems to reveal something new. There are many spectular rock sculptures & formations

Halfway to the top is Windy Point, a great stop with incredible views in all directions

Hitchcock Pinnacle Check out the rock climbers, pretty spectatular!

Overlooking the Tucson valley

Another view of Thimble Peak

A formation known as "Nixon-head rock"

This picture & the next one were taken at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley - views are of Oracle Valley

Looking north-east (I think)

Excellent conditions, no crowds. Plans are to return soon for a little skiing