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Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2013
GrottoGirl
Hiking15.20 Miles 7,700 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.37 mph
7,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   57 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
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This has to be the hardest trail hike I've done (without a full backpack). The logistics in setting this hike up is complicated and I am not sure I'll want to do that again! Finding people willing to do a car shuttle was difficult. Mark and I had already agreed we'd do it but we needed at least two cars on top. In the end, three of us drove up Mt. Lemmon on Friday to leave two shuttle cars. I drove us all to our respective homes. Then we had Joel and others drive us to the meet spot and trailhead. I'm not sure whether everyone really understands and/or appreciates what this trip entails when it comes to the cars.

We got hiking before 6 AM. The day was just starting to brighten. We took a break at Romero Pools to round everyone up. We took another break at the big camp spot. Then again at the Romero Pass.

I was happy to finally do the missing segment on Mount Lemmon Trail #5 between Romero Pass and Wilderness of Rocks. It was a great section with awesome views looking back at Cathedral Rock. Also, there is a great slab of rock just begging to be lunched on.

We had decided to do the Wilderness of Rocks and Lemmon Lookout trails instead of continuing up Mount Lemmon trail #5. I think that was a good choice because it was nice to have a mellow section. The also is often water in the creek so you can top off if needed.

Our group was mostly very strong hikers. I was again having some leg cramps so I was poking a little bit behind. I was happy that there was an even slower person that we had to wait for which made it so no one really noticed me lagging behind.

At the junction with Wilderness of Rocks and Lemmon Lookout trails we had one guy go to Marshal Gulch TH because he was having leg issues. It's definitely a reasonable bail out option. The rest of us headed up the Lemmon Lookout trail which is pretty steep with lots of switchbacks.

We hit the cars just before 2 PM. It seems strange to have finished so early! After collecting our hiker from Marshall Gulch our car stopped at the Cookie Cabin. Then we tried to go catch someone's husband who was driving up. On the way down we saw a motorcycle accident right after it happened. What a way to dampen the mood.

Anyway, it was a great trip. I am so glad we did it!
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