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Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
BiFrost
Hiking14.00 Miles 7,864 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.65 mph
7,864 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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This one has been on the list for awhile and when one of my friends offered to do the car shuttle it was an easy decision :) We did the standard route starting at Catalina State Park and headed up to Romero Pools. The pools were nice and had plenty of water. We ran into a few people up to this point but after the pools there was no one on the upper portion of the Romero trail to the pass. There were several really nice camp spots and was surprised to see some good water and waterfalls so far up canyon. Overall the trail was in good shape except for some tree fall on the last mile before the pass.

From Romero Pass we headed up Mt Lemmon Trail which is very steep most of the way...about 1600 feet in 1.9 miles but some great views. Fortunately there has been significant trail maintenance in this section and made the uphill much easier. Once on top of we made it to the Wilderness of Rocks trail junction where we had lunch and enjoyed the views.

After lunch it was down through the Wilderness of Rocks section which was an awesome part to hike. There was plenty of water at several creek crossings and so many cool rock formations to look at it was hard to keep hiking. We continued hiking and met up with our car shuttle friend at the junction of Wilderness of Rocks Trail and Lemmon Rock Lockout Trail where we took another break.

After the much needed break we started the steep climb to the lookout and Mt Lemmon. Even though it was steep some well placed switch backs make the climb more tolerable especially after a full day of elevation. However, the best part about the final climb are the views of Wilderness of Rocks, the Rincons, and pretty much everything else.

Definitely a great hike and thanks to Scott for providing the car shuttle and post hike brew :D
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