Western Lemmon Loop
Having completed this run from both directions, I find it worthy of it's own description, so I present you the Sutherland-Romero Loop.
I won't bore you with mile by mile details. In summary, it's the Sutherland #6 and the Romero #8, linked together by the Mt. Lemmon #5. I first did this run late in 2012 in a counter-clockwise direction, as it seemed most feasible. I stand by that theory in that it divides the climb by more distance. The second time was to be the more challenging, clockwise direction which proves to be notably more of a challenge.
Highlights of the trip include views in all directions; the biosphere, Samaniego Peak, a nice mid-day view of sun through the window (look south from Sutherland Ridge from time to time), an ominous look down the Canada Del Oro, Pusch Ridge and much more. There's also a section of upper Sutherland that will test you route finding skills as no trail exists there anymore. This section can be easily navigated if done slowly and calmly. For the most part, you will always be in view of the next cairn or tree flagging.
Which ever direction you choose to go, this is a rewarding trip. Pack a lunch and enjoy ;)
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a moderately difficult hike.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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