Hmmm.. Is my review really even needed.....Sure it is. This place is great. 30 degrees cooler than the valley, has a lake, trees (remember what those are?) great trails, camping, a ski resort. Southernmost ski resort in North America which just makes it down right cool. A few not enough but a few cool little shops for treats like fudge, ice cream, burgers, cookies. Incredible scenery etc, etc. blah blah blah. Oh yeah they get snow up there so you actually have a real reason to wear you beanie and mittens not just that is dipped below 70 so everyone is cold because our blood is so thin. Go ahead check it out I promise you will have fun.
What do you mean you haven't been up Mount Lemmon yet? Get off of Yelp and GO NOW! Stunning desert oasis at the bottom merging into a spectacular pine forest at the top. Seasonal snows in the winter, and about the only place to hike/bike/climb/etc without roasting in the summer. Simply amazing views and scenery. The back road to the mountain is also fun, if you have a four-wheel drive. The road gets pretty rough! There are some great eats in Summerhaven. I've been to both the Cookie Cabin and the new one, I think it is called the Saw Mill or something similar. And there are several great hiking trails where the road through Summerhaven ends.
The people of Tucson are so lucky to live so close to this gem. In 27 miles one covers 6 different life zones from the Sonoran Desert to a mixed conifer forest, much like those in areas much farther north of the equator. The drive is fun (if you're a fan of winding, steep drives - best done with a standard transmission) and the ride is beautiful. I would not recommend trying to look at the views while driving, you'll end up getting to the bottom of the mountain in a very painful, albeit quicker, fashion. This past weekend my boyfriend and I went camping at Molina Basin, it's the first camp ground you come to and, while it's just 15 minutes from the bottom, it's high enough that there are fewer cacti, different birds, and bear lockers. The site has quite a few spots available, some more secluded than others. If you're looking for a campsite that is removed I would recommend going elsewhere - probably all of the camp site in Molina Basin have a view of the highway. But, it's really great for people looking to get out without making the 40 minute drive to the top! Ski Valley hosts a great Oktoberfest in the fall - always nice to get away from the heat, put on a sweater and drink a beer while watching polka dancers! Summerhaven has a cookie shop (separate review), a restaurant and a general store if you don't want to eat on the camp grill. It's a gorgeous spot and it will no doubt take years for me to camp at all of the available sites and hike the hikes. There's also mountain climbing and skiing if you're into that! Go there!
I would leave zero stars, but the one can go for friendly staff. Pizza seriously tastes like frozen tombstone pizza... No wait, tombstone tastes better. Zero flavor. And way overpriced. I guess they feel like they don't have to try too hard since they sell pizza. Cookies are okay. Nothing magical. I will not come back.
Knowing touristy places are always more expensive, my husband and I were joking about sharing a $5 cookie and wondering what the offerings would be. Having been to many places that cater to tourists, we expected higher prices..but we really weren't expecting the reality of the Cookie Cabin. (Foolishly, we didn't take time to read Yelp reviews first.) Well, the joke was on us! The cookie wasn't $5..which we agreed would be a rediculous price, but hey...day trip..only cookie on the hill..that sort of reasoning..we could handle. No..this week the cookies are $6.50, unless you get the 'sampler' for $7.50. Now I have been known to purchase expensive cookies before, even giant ones, but I'm pretty sure I never paid that much for one cookie..one that, I have to confess, I was complaining about the entire time I was stuffing it in my mouth :/ (In my defense, I was very hungry!) FYI, my complaining wasn't about the cost..which is totally stupid since I know how much cookies cost to make. No, it was about the totally horrible flavor of that mountain masterpiece. It looked good, smelled ok, but truly, no flavor. Ugh! Probably only the second cookie I've ever gagged on. Tasted like they use cheap shortening, instead of butter, or something with flavor. I could supply a dozen excellent cookie recipes, if they want them! As for the staff...the young lady sweeping up was very friendly and offered to help the girl at the register, if she was too busy. She didn't look busy to us. She, too, was reasonably friendly until we paid. We left no tip on that $6.50 gack cookie, since all she did was slide it onto a paperplate and ring it up. When she realized there was no tip, her attitude became quite frosty. In summary, 50/50 regarding decent service, but we would neverrrrr buy their cookies again. Life is way too short to waste it on bad cookies.
NEGATING the gains from our hike with a COOKIE AS BIG AS A DISPOSABLE PAPER PLATE? oops... we couldn't resist since it was located just at the bottom of the Mint Spring trail we completed cookies were soft with a bit of chew & just enough of a buttery crust --Sampler cookie: the sampler is $7.50 but perfect for sharing since it's large and you get to try the Rachel (oats, coconuts, and butterscotch chips), oatmeal raisin, pumpkin walnut, chocolate chip, peanut butter, AND brownie cookie with white chocolate chips i wish we ordered the cookies with ice cream but we were heading to lunch afterwards NOTE: Lots of seating outside, a few big tables inside, PLUS they sell pizza