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25 by photographer avatarTimknorr
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Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2013
Timknorr
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles
1,450 ft AEG
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1st trip
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After my UofA classes got out I decided to skip homework and hit the trail. I'd never been to Romero Canyon before and this hike was on my bucket list. The first half mile is easy hiking on loose sand and sediment. Then comes a ruthless climb onto the ridge between Romero and Monterose Canyon. There is no shade until you crest the ridge. It was over 100 and I was sweating like crazy. I was glad to have packed enough water.

On the trip up I saw a roadrunner, a bunch of Earless lizards, and a ton of whiptails ranging from a a mere 2 inches to over a foot long! Upon reaching the pools I found that I was not alone. A group of guys were egging their friend into jumping off a cliff into a pool. Not wanting to miss out I took out my wallet and cell phone and jumped! What a rush. It was a similar height to the Whistle lake cliffs in Anacortes, WA. After a few jumps I headed back to the parking lot with the group of guys.

On the way back I saw a few snakes who were too quick to photograph, probably garter snakes of some kind. I saw a lot more whiptails and earless lizards, and then right before the parkinglot I came across a Regal Horned Lizard. I was told they spit blood from their eye. I wish he would have done it so I could witness such a bizarre phenomena.

Overall this was a difficult but well rewarding hike. I wonder how deep the water was we were jumping into as I never touched the bottom. I'm also curious if you can cliff jump year round.
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