|Hiking||14.40 Miles|| 7 Hrs 50 Mns || ||1.84 mph|
|3,700 ft AEG|| || || |
|No Routes||No Photosets||1st Trip Logged|
After spending the night at Catalina SP, I headed out this morning up Romero Canyon to the pass. I didn't have to pay extra to park at the TH after paying the camping fee. The bottom of the canyon is in a very scenic Sonaran desert landscape as the sun was rising over the mountains. The many canyons and pools that you view and encounter in the lower areas are very spectacular. Once you pass Romero Pools you probably won't see another soul in-between them and the pass. I was lucky and ran into some adventurous UofA students who were hiking up to Mt. Lemmon to spend the night. I was jealous of course
, but they provided great conversation. The trail is also a little harder to follow past the pools and I found myself off trail at least a few times, nothing major though. As you hike up, the landscape slowly changes from desert to forest. Most of the time you are exposed to the sun, but a few times in the middle section the trail crosses some wooded canyons that provide a nice break. Unfortunately the last 2-3 miles to the pass has been burned by the fire a few years back and is quite overgrown as a result, otherwise I would have rated this hike a 5. I highly recommend long sleeves and pants thru this section. They'll also come in handy this time of year due to it being quite breezy at the pass. The views from the pass are nice and expansive, but don't quite compare to Mt. Kimball or Lemmon. But I was expecting that when I hit the trail. The hike down went by quite fast, mostly due to how steep the trail is. When I hit the pools again in the afternoon, I couldn't resist stripping down and taking a quick dip. The water was quite cold, but not too bad.
When I got back to the TH around 4pm I was suprised at how many people were gearing up for a hike. I hope they knew that the sun was setting in little over an hour.
|Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p|