There's nothing more satisfying than taking in beautiful mountain views after a long hike. This fall, you can go on an alpine hiking adventure that takes you up a towering alp. Mount Lemmon in Arizona is a favorite mountain hiking spot among locals. 

North of Tucson, you'll find the Catalina Mountains. Mount Lemmon is the highest point there and is also a skiing hotspot. It sits at over 9,100 feet in elevation. There are many hikes there ranging from easy to very hard. 

The Meadow Loop trail is one of the easier mountain hikes that are perfect for you and your furry friend. It's great for beginners who don't want to break a sweat and still want gorgeous views of the land.

The trail is about 1.5-miles roundtrip, so grab your friends, your pet, and plenty of water for this mountain adventure. You can even spot the active watch tower below. 

Some of the trails require you to have a hiking permit. You can find out which ones here. They're only $5 per person for a day pass. Don't forget to pay the $5 parking fee too.

If you arrive before sunset, you can pack a mini picnic and watch the sky change from day to night. It's such a romantic date night idea too. 

If you're wanting to challenge yourself try out the Mount Lemmon Trail. It is difficult and very rocky, so plan accordingly. It's about a 13-mile roundtrip but offers gorgeous views along the way. Be sure to pack plenty of water and appropriate shoes as the trail is difficult. 

Before you start your hike, you can get a map or hiking guide to bring along with you. Adventures aren't always fun if you're lost! When you're down with your hike you can explore downtown Tucson and check out some things to do in the west.

Santa Catalina Mountains

Price: Price varies, hiking permits are needed on some trails and its $5 per person for a day pass. There's also a $5 parking fee.

Location: Tucson, AZ

Why you should go: This long hiking trail is perfect if you're looking to spend a day in nature. The views are just breathtaking. 

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