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Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2018
kingsnake
Hiking7.23 Miles 1,582 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.19 mph
1,582 ft AEG
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Because my favorite comedian, Dave Landau ( [ youtube video ] ), was going to be appearing at Laff’s Comedy Caffe in Tucson on Friday evening, I booked a hotel for two nights, drove down on Thursday afternoon, and went for a hike on Friday, before the show.

The first mile of Romero Trail #8 is a mellow stroll through a healthy mesquite forest. I don’t recall ever seeing so many mesquite before. Nearly all the ocotillo were blooming, though not the saguaro.

After the Montrose Pools trail, you enter the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, which is protected Big Horny Sheep habitat. No dogs or horses are allowed. 🚫🐶

Romero Trail #8 becomes single track, steadily climbing, 800 ft. in a little over a mile, to the hike’s high point overlooking both Romero Canyon and Montrose Canyon. The first climb is staired, with railroad ties. The other climbs are rocky stepups. The climb would have been much easier without all the knee lifts. It reminded me a lot of the Ballantine Trail. The short flat sections scattered along the climb were a relief.

In the early morning, on my way out, much of the climb was in shadow. Just before noon, on my way back, when it was hot, there was no shade at all. I had to use my sweat rag as a keffiyeh to keep the sun off my neck.

There was a steady stream of folks heading up to Romero Pools, most of whom passed me as I went nuts shooting #flowerpr0n.

Finally! 💐

One of the prickly pear blooms was host to a small, spindly, pale green, almost translucent, spider. I got a photo, but the video was blurry. At upper pools, a bigger spider was hopping across the rocks. That gave me a start, until I realized he didn’t want to eat me. I think. 🍽

I skipped the lower pools, as there were other folks already there.

Instead, I hiked across a small meadow to the upper pools. I took a break at a shady campsite, before commencing an orgy of photography and videography. I spent so long at it, I ran out of time for a relaxing foot soak. (I don’t know about lower pools, but the upper were not deep enough for any more than that, certainly not diving!)

The only flowers I saw at the upper pools were clinging to the rock face of a small pour. There were a number of small riparian areas, at one of which I saw what I can only describe as large, hairy, orange dragonflies. They certainly were not caterpillars, as they were actually flying. Let me know what you think those bugs might have been. 🤔

On the way out, just above the lower pools, I lost my glasses while bending over for yet another flower photo. I was getting too toasty, and I was getting too low on water to head back. Oh well.

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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