Romero Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Catalina State Park and Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 6,086 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,727 feet.
Romero Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This short, desert upland hike is scenic—and exposed. Pack in water and water your dog well before leashing her and heading out. The trail is well traveled on weekends during the recommended seasons—following leash and waste pickup regulations is not just good for this desert environment (and for your dog), it is a courtesy to other trail users.Once you cross the park drive to approach the trailhead, follow the sign to join up with the Romero Canyon Trail. You and your dog strike boot and paw onto a wide, sandy path that crosses the Sutherland Wash and then vaults uphill for 0.2 mile—in fact, much of your elevation changeon this hike is in this initial climb. Breathtaking views of Romero Pass andthe sky islands of the Santa Catalina Mountains reward your ascent."
--Renee Guillory, Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"Like other routes in the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Romero Canyon Trail begins at the base of the range but eventually climbs to its upper reaches. The canyon itself is quite rugged and beautiful, and a surprising variety of flora is encountered."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"A day hike to Romero Pools, 2.8 miles one way; or backpack to Romero Pass, 7.2 miles one way.
This trek begins on the flats of Catalina State Park, ascends through the rugged foothills of the Santa Catalinas, and then penetrates deep into the mountains. Most hikers travel only as far as Romero Pools, leaving the upper section of the trail fairly secluded. There is a good camping area near Romero Spring. From its terminus at Romero Pass, this trail links up with the Mount Lemmon and West Fork Sabino Trails for extended trips."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides).
"A long day hike or backpack trip into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness from Catalina State Park, ending at Romero Pass at the head of Romero Canyon. Special Considerations: This hike has 3,230 feet of elevation gain. Carry plenty of water during the hot summer months."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"This hike leads to a collection of popular seasonal pools in Romero Canyon, starting from Catalina State Park and heading into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness in the Coronado National Forest. Seasonal pools such as these tend to occur in deep canyons where the additional shade helps keep the water from evaporating. In desert mountain ranges, such temporary pools are important water sources for wildlife, which may come from miles around. Hikers can use the water as well but should observe a few commonsense courtesies. Take only the water you need, and use it sparingly for all purposes except drinking. Never bathe in a pool or pollute it with soap or food scraps."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson (Falcon Guides).
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