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Marshall Gulch to Romero Canyon, AZ
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Marshall Gulch to Romero Canyon, AZ 
Marshall Gulch to Romero Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2015
markthurman53
Hiking20.10 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking20.10 Miles   10 Hrs   32 Mns   2.52 mph
2,800 ft AEG   2 Hrs   33 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Great hike along one of the nicer trails on Mount Lemmon, Marshall Gulch and Wilderness of Rocks Trails. The views of Mount Lemmon above are excellent and good photo opportunities with all the different rock formations. These are the Granite rocks that floated to the top through the layers of Granite and sedimentary rocks that form the side of Mount Lemmon, creating the Schist and Gneiss that frost the side of the mountain. The very inner core of the Metamorphic Core Complex. Okay I digressed (can't help it I get so excited). The trail through the Wilderness of Rocks like I said is one of the most scenic and leisurely hikes on the mountain, the only real elevation gain is at Marshall Saddle. The Wilderness of Rocks Trail connects up with the middle section of the Mount Lemmon Trail and starts the serious business of heading down to Romero Pass. This trail is in good condition but is a rather steep section of the Mount Lemmon Trail, I will be going down it though. Great views of Cathedral Peak and its numerous water falls coming down from the peak. At Romero Pass I will take a side trip down West Fork Sabino Trail to the Junction with the Cathedral Peak Trail. Sabino West fork was running real good on this hike. Originally I was suppose to head back the way I came but I didn't feel like hiking back up the Mount Lemmon Trail and decided to take Romero Canyon out. I needed to do this trail anyway because I have never done it before. The trail down Romero Canyon was a little hard to follow for the first mile but with the GPS was able to kind of stay in close proximity of where the trail was suppose to be. Once past this upper section, the trail is easy to follow. The Romero canyon Trail was very scenic with views of Cathedral Peak to the south and the ever changing creek along the trail. The trail follows Romero Creek til you get to Romero Pools then it exits the Canyon and crosses over to Montrose canyon. Good views in this Canyon also, particularly since the monsoon rains turned everything green. The trail leaves Montrose Canyon and walks across the lower desert until Southerland Wash and Catalina State Park. The end of a long day. The only problem with changing my plan and coming down Romero canyon is that my car is back up on the mountain. Oh well, will call Debbie to pick me up in Catalina State Park head back up to Mount Lemmon and get the car. Probably have to take Debbie to dinner after this though.
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