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Mount Lemmon Summit, AZ
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Mount Lemmon Summit, AZ 
Mount Lemmon Summit, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
Hiking28.93 Miles 7,679 AEG
Hiking28.93 Miles   14 Hrs   14 Mns   2.39 mph
7,679 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
1st trip
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First time to the sky islands. Loved it.

Romero Canyon #8
As noted in the description, this trail is extremely well-defined through the state park, shrinks down to a singletrack on the way up to the pools, and gets harder to follow above. It was never bad, just a few deadfall and overgrowth to duck around for the last mile or two. Pools were pretty, views were amazing, and even the thicker vegetation at the top of the canyon was enjoyable. More than the advertised 6 miles.

Mount Lemmon #5
This was the point that my legs began to realize what the day's plan was, and they weren't happy about it. Trail was heckin' steep, especially the exposed part, and it wasn't until I entered the pines that this was enjoyable. The rock cliffs ahead and Cathedral Rock behind make up for the pain.

Wilderness of Rock #44
This little valley is a gem. First half jaw-dropping rock & pine views, second half the pines took over. I stopped three times, twice to pull water, and enjoyed the cool temps (clouds and rain during this section) and scenery. I wanna go back.

Aspen #93
First half was a mix of burn and pine, second half was all burn. Lots of re-routing, lots and lots of new switchbacks compared to the posted track. Wasn't as steep as I feared, likely thanks to the thousand switchbacks. I didn't mind, my legs were gassed by this point.

Mount Lemmon Summit
Views were nice, as was Quartzite Spring. Crowds not so much. Found a quiet spot to eat second lunch and quickly moved on.

Sutherland #6
Yeah, missed the part about this trail not being maintained. I was expecting a gentle auto-pilot descent and... that's not what you get. First mile is easy. Next miles is okay, not great. Third mile is just painful and I hates it. Last few miles had some real gems and is enjoyable. Then it's onto miles of old, rocky two-track followed by state park singletrack, and auto-pilot kicks in. I think descending is the way to go (get to enjoy the views more, when you aren't head-scratching, looking for the least-wrong way down), though my knees weren't thrilled with that grade.

Covid Crowd Report
Three groups on Romero, all before Old Camp. At least a dozen in Wilderness of Rocks, two camping, some of the groups quite large (5-6 peeps). Mount Lemmon summit was one big crowd, overflowing parking lots, etc. Probably another dozen on Mount Lemmon/Sutherland, that loop (Lemmon :next: WoR :next: Aspen || Lookout) must be a popular one. Zero people on Sutherland after the junction, at least until the state park.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cascade Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Trail was soaked, churned to mud by traffic. You'd have to go below trail to pull anything usable. Skip this and continue to Quartzite.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lemmon Creek @ WOR #44 Medium flow Medium flow
Nice wide flow at crossing, counted at least... eight? other places along this trail to pull water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Old Trail Camp Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Quartzite Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Pipe was gushing. Water was cold and amazing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Romero Pools Medium flow Medium flow
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