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Sutherland - Romero Loop
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Sutherland - Romero LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking22.08 Miles 6,886 AEG
Hiking22.08 Miles   12 Hrs   47 Mns   1.95 mph
6,886 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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I did this run a couple of years ago heading up Romero. As I descended the switchbacks on the Sutherland, I thought to myself that it would be much more a challenge in reverse. Well, yesterday I did it in reverse and it certainly was more challenging. I warmed up on the Finger Rock the day before, and was well prepared, though I was unable to track down my head lamp. A stop off at Wally World for a new head lamp set me back about 20 minutes and the subsequent attempts to make up for that time cost me another 25 and an extra mile, as I drifted up the Canyon Loop trail by accident :/ Anywho, I arrived at my predetermined break spot at the base of the ridge behind the clock, so I took a quick 3 or 4 minutes before charging on. The next 4 miles are all uphill, the first 2 of which are just brutal. This is where I just put my head down and went. I made the peak at the Mt Lemmon #5 at a pathetic 2:00pm and took 30 before making the mad dash home. As I passed through Romero Canyon on the way down, I came across the site and effects of 2 massive landslides from top to bottom of canyon, between the 2, upper campsites. I was amazed to see beaches in places where there were previously boulder fields. I would guess that the old trail, in places lies 4 to 6 feet below the new level. As I crossed at the Romero Pools, I dawned the head lamp and went on auto pilot. I arrived back at the car, realizing that I had not laid eyes on a single human since I left turned into the CSP gates about 13 hours erlier. That held true until I pulled out of the gate. :D On a side note, my track has been cleaned up to match the yet to be posted, route description.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cargodera Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
As good as I've seen in years.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cargodera Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
As good as I've seen in years.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Romero Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
As good as I've seen in years.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Romero Pools Heavy flow Heavy flow
As good as I've seen in years.
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