Romero Canyon to Montrose Pools Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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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 and the sky islands of the Santa Catalina Mountains reward your ascent.

Romero Canyon to Montrose Pools Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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 and
the sky islands of the Santa Catalina Mountains reward your ascent."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 377 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best October through May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: 3,100 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Catalina State Park Ranger Station
Local Maps: Oro Valley USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Romero Canyon to Montrose Pools Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/10/2008
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excellent hike with the cool refreshing pools at the end. bring plenty of water. unfortunately this is NOT a dog friendly trail. the "canyon loop trail" on which you start the hike (located in catalina state park) allows dogs. when you get to the "romero canyon trail" intersection it states no dogs allowed. this is a protected wildlife area particularly for big horn sheep. also note that there is a big horn sheep closure period from january - april. this is a well traveled trail for good reason. it gives a fine panoramic view of the western slope of tucson and a cooling toe dip in the pools. the trail does continue on and will eventually get you to the top of mt. lemmon. a topo map from the local guide shops (summit hut) in tucson will come in handy. happy trails!



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May 2018