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Mount Lemmon from Catalina State Park - 19 members in 44 triplogs have rated this an average 4.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 29 2017
Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Sutherland - Romero LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking26.81 Miles 7,918 AEG
Hiking26.81 Miles   12 Hrs   10 Mns   2.26 mph
7,918 ft AEG      17 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Set out to do some testing, training and assessment.

Testing:
* Altra, Lone Peak 3.0 w/sof-soles. Nice on the feet, great grip, extremely stable, but wearing fast in the tread (I give them less than 100 miles). Great for long hauls, but not every day trails.
* Fenix 3. 12 hours of Nav while Tracking took me down to 10% battery. Stats were unbelievably on the dot.
* Packing. Camel ultra-10 weighing 10lbs, front-belt pack at 5lbs. Used 60 oz before Quartzite Spring, drank ~20 while there and loaded up with 80. Drank another 60 the rest of the trip. Could have easily gone with half the weight, but wanted to keep it a bit heavy today.

As for training, this was time well spent. A 295 FPM average, sustained for 12 hours is a productive day.

On to the assessment. According to the spreadsheet, this came in at 74% of my ability. As of 20 hours later, I feel more like it was 100% of my ability. I'm not impressed with the results. Gotta beef it up.

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Mar 25 2016
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2016
toddak
Hiking27.00 Miles 7,500 AEG
Hiking27.00 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
7,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
All day grinder to the summit and back. Up RC#8 and ML#5 then a counter-clockwise loop around WOR#44, LR#12, summit and Meadow#5A, then back down ML#5 and RC#8. Especially enjoyed all the gorgeous granite formations in WOR.

Other than some downed trees, trails are in good condition. Moderate water flow in Romero Canyon, good pools and light creek flow at several places along WOR#44.
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Feb 21 2016
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 Joined Jan 30 2016
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2016
MSimmons
Hiking21.23 Miles 6,970 AEG
Hiking21.23 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   1.70 mph
6,970 ft AEG
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OK this was actually like two miles short of the Lemmon summit: up Romero Canyon to Mt. Lemmon Trail, past the Wilderness of Rocks turnoff, and stopping at the "Sutherland Hump", where Mt Lemmon Trail meets Sutherland Trail. Earlier I was thinking about the doing a Romero-Sutherland Loop, but it sounds like Sutherland is in rough shape, and I thought beeetter not go that alone.

Romero Canyon Trail must be one of the most beautiful in the Catalinas. And nicely cairned through those sections after the pools where it flirts with the creek. There were however a good number of fallen trees and stabby pokeys obstructing the way around there - no biggy going up, quite annoying coming down. Near the pass, I met a guy out with his dogs, whom he was tracking with his GPS. I could hear them barking in the distance, and it sounded like they were having an absolute blast out there. We were within the bighorn management area (at the edge thereof, granted), but I didn't mention anything...

I'd never been to Romero Pass, and at first, to be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed. Clearly a significant point, but with relatively limited views. It wasn't long though before the whelms surged over. To anyone planning a hike just up to the pass, I'd definitely recommend going a few hundred yards further along the Mt. Lemon Trail, where the views of Sabino Basin and Cathedral Rock are dramatically improved.

The section between the pass and the Wilderness of Rocks turnoff was tough, but actually not as tough as I'd been lead to believe. I had more trouble further along due to patchy snow, knee-deep at moments. I got some much needed encouragement on the home stretch when I met a gentleman on his way back from the Wilderness of Rocks turnoff who let me know that I was very close to Sutherland Hump.

It'd be epic to do that extra four miles and conquer Lady Lemmon in a day. Out of my league at this point - I was really sloggin' by the end of this one - but probably not an impossible goal...
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Sep 12 2015
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
BiFrost
Hiking15.96 Miles 8,250 AEG
Hiking15.96 Miles   11 Hrs   6 Mns   1.78 mph
8,250 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
We did this hike 2 years ago and it was interesting to see how much the trail changed. From Catalina State Park to Romero Pools it was the same but above the pools the trail has deteriorated significantly. There were quite a few significant wash out sections, lots of tree fall across the trail, and overgrowth. On the plus side there was a ton of water in Romero. So it was slower going up to Romero Pass but once on Mount Lemmon Trail #5 no issues. Took a break at great lookout spot near WOR turn off before continuing on to Radio Ridge. At the turn off for Sutherland we decided to add more AEG and mileage by dropping down to Shovel Spring. Checked out the spring and took a nice break before heading back up to Radio Ridge. Part way up Radio Ridge before the parking lot our friend and ride back to Catalina State Park met us with cold beverages :D Once at the TH we headed for The Sawmill in Summer Haven for eats.
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Sep 12 2015
slowandsteady
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 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking15.96 Miles 8,250 AEG
Hiking15.96 Miles   11 Hrs   6 Mns   1.78 mph
8,250 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
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We were out to train on elevation gain.
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Mar 08 2014
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Lemmon Summit Loop, AZ 
Lemmon Summit Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 08 2014
John9L
Backpack26.46 Miles 8,318 AEG
Backpack26.46 Miles2 Days         
8,318 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Mount Lemmon has been on my list for a while now. After the recent rain/snow I felt this was the perfect weekend for a backpacking trip. I talked to Chumley and he was down so off we went for a grueling weekend!

We left Phoenix early on Saturday and drove to Catalina State Park. It’s closer than I anticipated. We started hiking before 9am and made our way up Romero Canyon. There were several groups day hiking but not any backpackers. We proceeded up the trail and were delighted to see running water. This is a very enjoyable area and would be great for day hiking. We continued on and reached Romero Pass where we took a lunch break. From there it was another 4+ miles and roughly 2K feet of AEG to Wilderness of Rocks. We selected a campsite a few minutes west of the junction to the summit trail. Our site was well used and had some improvements to it including a seat with a backrest. See pics. We enjoyed a campfire and plenty of cold water was close by. The overnight temps got chilly but weren’t too bad.

We woke early on Sunday and got the fire going again. We ate some breakfast and then tore down camp and were hiking soon after. Our goal for the day was to reach the summit another 2K feet above and then hike back down the state park. The hike up to Lemmon took considerable effort. We both noticed our elevation as we were short on breath. Our packs were lighter from the day before but were still a burden. With much effort we reached the summit where we checked out the fire lookout hut and then went over to the structures on the summit. It was very cold and windy up top. There was some snow in patches in the shady areas.

From the summit we went west and followed a two track road towards the Sutherland Trail. Once we reached that junction we decided to make this a true loop and we followed the Sutherland Trail down. This trail is a mix of good and bad. Some sections are in good shape and are easy to follow. Other sections are overgrown and route finding is a pain. We lost the trail at one point but consulted the map and had to bushwhack down to reconnect. The Sutherland trail drops around 6K feet in 8ish miles and it took its toll on my knees and ankles. It eventually levels off near the state park boundary. From there the rest of the return was tiring but straightforward and we were back to the jeep in no time and then home in Phoenix by late afternoon.

This is an amazing yet grueling hike! I doubt I ever do this loop again but it was well worth it. Wilderness of Rocks is fantastic and the views from the Lemmon Summit are jaw dropping. Tucson hikes are terrific and I plan on doing many more!
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Mar 08 2014
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Lemmon Summit Loop, AZ 
Lemmon Summit Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 08 2014
chumley
Backpack25.71 Miles 8,139 AEG
Backpack25.71 Miles2 Days         
8,139 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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So it's been 3 months since I did an overnight backpack trip, which is waaaaay overdue. 9L and I had talked about it recently, and somewhere on Thursday or Friday we settled on Mt. Lemmon. Apparently I'm an idiot, because I agreed to this.

The first few miles up Romero Canyon were great, but as the elevation increased, I started to drag. At Romero Pass, I told 9L just to go ahead and I would meet him whenever I got there. I was moving at a snail's pace uphill. Perhaps as tired as I have ever been on a hike. The saving grace was the cool temperature and the stationary cloud that hovered overhead most of the time with the looming threat of rain. Luckily all the precipitation remained just to the east in the Rincons.

Once the climb was over, I really enjoyed the couple of miles in the Wilderness of Rocks. There was water in just about every creek crossing which was a pleasant surprise. I eventually reached the area we had decided to camp, and was happy 9L had taken the time to scope pick a spot.

We gathered a lot of firewood (there's plenty to be found with very little effort) in preparation for the cold night ahead. Before the sun set, we explored a couple of view points and cool rock formations nearby before settling in for dinner and fire. The wind picked up through the evening, and by the time we went to bed, it was gusting through the trees at an impressive speed. We had both carefully scoped our tent spots staying well clear of dead branches or trees that might fall in the wind. I woke up several times with the sound of the wind howling through the trees wondering if we shouldn't have camped out on the exposed rocks instead. :scared:

Morning was chilly, probably in the upper 30s, and continued crazy windy. We took our time with breakfast and packing up camp before making the final 2000 foot grind to the summit. The wind wasn't too bad in the sheltered gully the trail follows, but at the Lemmon Rock lookout, it was borderline dangerous and viciously cold and unpleasant. Needless to say, we didn't stay long. A short trip from the lookout we reached the summit where I managed to find the benchmark (Catalina 2 Reset) at the high-point. This is actually outside of the fenced-in restricted area, though I'm not certain what route would be best taken to get there legally.

The cold and wind were unpleasant, so we quickly headed down the Meadow Trail and joined the Mt. Lemmon trail heading down through the burn area. We had considered following Lemmon back to Romero and retracing our route back to the car, but instead decided to make a loop and take Sutherland back. I hesitate calling it a trail. Let's just say there was once a trail named Sutherland. Years ago.

This is a steep and relentless descent, and the miles and elevation from the past 36 hours took their toll on me. Route-finding was challenging, especially in the 2 miles along the main ridge after the power line turns from the trail (about half a mile below the Samaniego junction -- or mostly everything between 6700 and 7700 feet). There are a lot of boulders, and the trail has been lost to new growth. There are numerous cairns and some ribbons, so when we got lost, it was just a matter of back-tracking a bit and searching for the cairns. They were always there, just not always visible at first glance.

From there, the trail descends steeply, about 3000 feet in 3 miles, before joining a miserable, rocky old road for two more miles. It was no longer cold and windy, but instead hot, sunny, and sweaty. The turn back into the state park and onto smooth singletrack was extremely welcomed. Tired and in pain, we managed to make pretty good time over the last 2.6 miles, with great views of Pusch Ridge and the rest of the Catalinas, along with a nice crop of wildflowers.

Back at the car, I enjoyed a single Dales before snoozing home. Thanks to 9L for driving, and for suggesting this ridiculous hike to begin with. Not sure I'll ever hike Sutherland again. The rest maybe, but not sure about the weight of an overnight pack. That's a lot of miles and elevation in two days. Likely the toughest overnight I've ever done. I think I'm in worse shape than when Joe, Bob and Denny dragged me on a 21 mile and 8100 ft dayhike to Cheops that time...
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Nice blooms along lower Sutherland inside the state park.

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Light flow, with plenty of pooled water. Also covered with ice, but breakable.

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Light flow. Plenty of deep pools.
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Feb 15 2014
jjdowney
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 Joined Feb 12 2014
 Edwards, CA
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 15 2014
jjdowney
Backpack15.20 Miles 7,700 AEG
Backpack15.20 Miles1 Day   13 Hrs      
7,700 ft AEG1 Day       Break45 LBS Pack
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Started the hike at almost midnight and got just past the Romero Pools in a little over 2 hours. It was a full moon, so we could do most of it without headlamps. After we noticed the bobcat following us, we slowed down and kept our headlamps on so we could watch for eyes in the brush.

The next day we started around 10am and got to Romero Pass by about 3pm, with an hour break for lunch at a great campsite near the stream. There was plenty of water, we filled up our water reserves using our filters. It was actually quite warm for February, we expected it to be really cold at night but we were fine, even up at the pass.

After the pass, there was no more water but I did find some patches of snow on the ground on the shaded side of the mountain. I put as much as I could into my canteen and Camelbak because I was nearly out of water by that time. We started around 10 am again and I reached the Summit at the observatory before 3 pm. I then walked to Summerhaven to get something to eat and wait for my ride back down. There is a service road that google maps said goes from the observatory to Summerhaven, it does not go all the way through. I had to hike down a treacherous hill that took at least 45 minutes, I do not recommend it, find another way.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and a good challenge with a 45lb pack.
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Mountain_Rat
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57 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2013
Mountain_Rat
Hiking24.76 Miles 8,087 AEG
Hiking24.76 Miles   14 Hrs   30 Mns   1.90 mph
8,087 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
 
The weather forecast seemed as good as it could get, so off I went. had a bit of a cloud burst the first hour in, but that's all I saw for rain. I started out at 73 deg and pretty much chased that 3/4 of the way up to the point that it was actually cooler. I took 3, 1/2 hour breaks, and just kept pluggin the rest of the way.

I'm beat :stretch: ,so I'm off to bed :zzz:
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Jul 18 2013
Mountain_Rat
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2013
Mountain_Rat
Hiking19.02 Miles 6,378 AEG
Hiking19.02 Miles   12 Hrs   15 Mns   1.68 mph
6,378 ft AEG      56 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
The plan was to take the Romero #8 to the Mt Lemmon #5, east on the Wilderness Of Rocks #44, north up the Lemmon Rocks #12, then to the parking lot, back down the #5, to the #8, and home. This would have taken a couple of trails off my list, and filled out a 15-1/2 hour day.

In the a.m. I started 40 minutes late, then high humidity affected both my speed and water intake to the point that this wasn't gonna happen today. From there I just throttled back and quit beating myself up. At least I had the Wilderness of Rocks to look forward to. I hadn't been on that trail before. Turns out that it's not so eventful, at least on the section I visited. A lot of fire damage made it almost depressing. I could kind of see what it must have looked like before it burned.

The trip back was the reverse. A pleasant down hill, with broken cloud cover, and fairly consistent breeze, until the last 5 miles where the sky cleared up, the breeze stopped, and the bugs came out.

Probably shouldn't have tried to pull this one off in July, but... :?
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May 04 2013
Pivo
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64 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2013
Pivo
Hiking15.20 Miles 7,700 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   8 Hrs   21 Mns   2.43 mph
7,700 ft AEG   2 Hrs   6 Mns Break35 LBS Pack
 
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Really, really nice hike today with a very strong group of hikers. Perfect weather, not hot, nice and cool for the 0530 start. The trails are in good shape, and there is water at numerous spots. Including Romero Pools and Lemmon Creek.
Due to some recent scares, I opted to carry almost 8L of water. Quite a load for that distance and AEG.
No surprises today, and everyone had a great time.
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 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2013
GrottoGirl
Hiking15.20 Miles 7,700 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.37 mph
7,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   57 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
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1st trip
This has to be the hardest trail hike I've done (without a full backpack). The logistics in setting this hike up is complicated and I am not sure I'll want to do that again! Finding people willing to do a car shuttle was difficult. Mark and I had already agreed we'd do it but we needed at least two cars on top. In the end, three of us drove up Mt. Lemmon on Friday to leave two shuttle cars. I drove us all to our respective homes. Then we had Joel and others drive us to the meet spot and trailhead. I'm not sure whether everyone really understands and/or appreciates what this trip entails when it comes to the cars.

We got hiking before 6 AM. The day was just starting to brighten. We took a break at Romero Pools to round everyone up. We took another break at the big camp spot. Then again at the Romero Pass.

I was happy to finally do the missing segment on Mount Lemmon Trail #5 between Romero Pass and Wilderness of Rocks. It was a great section with awesome views looking back at Cathedral Rock. Also, there is a great slab of rock just begging to be lunched on.

We had decided to do the Wilderness of Rocks and Lemmon Lookout trails instead of continuing up Mount Lemmon trail #5. I think that was a good choice because it was nice to have a mellow section. The also is often water in the creek so you can top off if needed.

Our group was mostly very strong hikers. I was again having some leg cramps so I was poking a little bit behind. I was happy that there was an even slower person that we had to wait for which made it so no one really noticed me lagging behind.

At the junction with Wilderness of Rocks and Lemmon Lookout trails we had one guy go to Marshal Gulch TH because he was having leg issues. It's definitely a reasonable bail out option. The rest of us headed up the Lemmon Lookout trail which is pretty steep with lots of switchbacks.

We hit the cars just before 2 PM. It seems strange to have finished so early! After collecting our hiker from Marshall Gulch our car stopped at the Cookie Cabin. Then we tried to go catch someone's husband who was driving up. On the way down we saw a motorcycle accident right after it happened. What a way to dampen the mood.

Anyway, it was a great trip. I am so glad we did it!
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Apr 28 2013
boydstowe
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52 male
 Joined Mar 28 2011
 Oro Valley, Az
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2013
boydstowe
Hiking19.00 Miles 5,894 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles   10 Hrs   5 Mns   2.68 mph
5,894 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
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I didn't make it completely to the top due to time constraints and family commitments. Nice afternoon in the pines though :-)
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There were flowers in patches but few and far between

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Not much water in Romero Canyon now
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Apr 13 2013
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 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking14.00 Miles 7,864 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.60 mph
7,864 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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So....this hike has a little bit of "up." :o

I had never hiked any of these trails and I am not sure what was taking my breath away more, the up hill or the views. I think my favorite section was The Mount Lemmon Trail #5, that you take between Romero Pass and the junction with Wilderness of Rocks. It was certainly the hardest section for me physically but the views made up for it.
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BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
BiFrost
Hiking14.00 Miles 7,864 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.65 mph
7,864 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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This one has been on the list for awhile and when one of my friends offered to do the car shuttle it was an easy decision :) We did the standard route starting at Catalina State Park and headed up to Romero Pools. The pools were nice and had plenty of water. We ran into a few people up to this point but after the pools there was no one on the upper portion of the Romero trail to the pass. There were several really nice camp spots and was surprised to see some good water and waterfalls so far up canyon. Overall the trail was in good shape except for some tree fall on the last mile before the pass.

From Romero Pass we headed up Mt Lemmon Trail which is very steep most of the way...about 1600 feet in 1.9 miles but some great views. Fortunately there has been significant trail maintenance in this section and made the uphill much easier. Once on top of we made it to the Wilderness of Rocks trail junction where we had lunch and enjoyed the views.

After lunch it was down through the Wilderness of Rocks section which was an awesome part to hike. There was plenty of water at several creek crossings and so many cool rock formations to look at it was hard to keep hiking. We continued hiking and met up with our car shuttle friend at the junction of Wilderness of Rocks Trail and Lemmon Rock Lockout Trail where we took another break.

After the much needed break we started the steep climb to the lookout and Mt Lemmon. Even though it was steep some well placed switch backs make the climb more tolerable especially after a full day of elevation. However, the best part about the final climb are the views of Wilderness of Rocks, the Rincons, and pretty much everything else.

Definitely a great hike and thanks to Scott for providing the car shuttle and post hike brew :D
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 tucson, az
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 29 2012
rvcarter
Hiking15.20 Miles 7,700 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   8 Hrs   18 Mns   1.83 mph
7,700 ft AEG
 
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Hiking from Catalina State Park to Radio Ridge on Mount Lemmon involves two well known and easy to follow trails: Romero Canyon Trail #8 and Mount Lemmon Trail #5. Logistics can be a bit of a hassle since getting to the top to drop a vehicle is nearly a two-hour drive, about half of which is up Catalina Highway from Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. The best bet, if there are enough people, is to arrange a key exchange with someone coming down from the top. The scenery is initially boring, but is good to fantastic after the first couple of miles leaving the park (day use fee required). Romero Canyon is beautiful and there are at least pools of water year round (there is no water after Romero Pass). There are numerous vistas after reaching Romero Pass at 6080 feet, with views down the East Fork of Sabino Cyn, east to the Rincons, and west into Oro Valley/the Tuscons/the Tortolinas/Picacho Peak, etc. The trail is challenging but is well worth the trip. All of the major trail intersections are well signed. Be sure to take your National Park/Forest pass to display at the parking lot on Radio Ridge. The town of Summerhaven has a few stores and restaurants, and a restroom just as you enter the town. There are pit toilets at the Catalina St. Park trailhead. The best times for this hike are spring and fall. Summer is too hot at the lower elevations and winter is too cold or snowy at the higher elevations. According to my GPS track, the distance and AEG for this hike, if it starts at the easternmost TH at Catalina SP and ends at the Radio Ridge parking lot, is 12.5 miles and 7200 feet. Still a day's work for most people.
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Nov 24 2012
ultrazona
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2012
ultrazona
Hiking27.20 Miles 9,262 AEG
Hiking27.20 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   3.51 mph
9,262 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
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The alarm went off at 3:40AM and I quickly grabbed the gear and headed towards Catilina State Park. Today had a mission a fast ascent and decent of Lemmon via the trails.

Left the trailhead parking lot at a little past 4:30AM (thanks to the unbelievable amount of confusing road construction in the Tucson area).

By headlamp and for encouragement an IPOD I headed into the darkness with a headlamp. :scared: Thanks to the darkness mixed with being solo and having a headlamp that was fading fast (thanks rechargeables), I was on full alert. A few steps past the trail sign I decided I was going to trail run as much of this trip as possible. I kicked up the tunes, found a rhythm and hammered down.

I got turned around for a minute at Romero Pools, but spotted the route thanks to the GPS :worthy: . After an hour or two (IDK) I reached Romero Pass to see the sun paint the side of the mountain a beautiful pink. The colors visually stimulated me and distracted me from the nearly vertical trail that follows after the pass. Another hour or so passed by and I found myself at the turnoff for Wilderness of Rocks. Toughboots (AKA Mr. Boots (Use your seductive voice)) informed me that this was worth the trip so I turned. I was not disappointed with the area. Beautiful rock formations, soft leaf covered trail to run on and a few pools of crystal clear water along the trail.

After WOR the trail, I turned onto Lemmon Rock Trail and was slapped in the face. About this time my legs were screaming why (and I said "Because it's there") and the trail was unforgiving. Most switchbacks are something I look forward to but not here. The switchbacks didn't seem any less steep as a direct route to the top would be. The only difference was the switchbacks stretched this out. Sucking air :sk: and hoping for some relieve I made it to the next trail junction.

Only a little more climbing left, but at least it was a decent dirt road instead of painful switchbacks. The route dumped me out at the entrance to the observatory and I foolishly walked around looking for anything that resembled the route to the marker. I checked the odometer here and I had made way better time then I thought I would (4 Hours 15 Minutes). :wlift: After a half mile of wandering I opted to conclude the climbing (as I technically reached the high point thats marked on the gps route). I prepared my pack, and checked my water and headed down.

Down hill posed more difficult then I figured as the trails were steep and the footing was varied, especially for running. I had no issues descending and saw no one until the last two miles (everyone was walking the two miles from the lot to Romero Pools; even grandmas :out: ). I made it to the lot in 7 hours and 50 minutes (moving time) and I was satisfied with that, especially since this is technically my first marathon. :y:

This trail/trails are beautiful and would make a great day hike with lots of photo ops. There were even some camp sites along the trail that looked inviting.
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Oct 12 2012
PatrickL
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 Buckeye, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PatrickL
Hiking26.20 Miles 7,880 AEG
Hiking26.20 Miles   13 Hrs      2.43 mph
7,880 ft AEG   2 Hrs   12 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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San Gorgonio had snow in the forecast, and the lodge on the North Rim sold out by the time I could figure out the details, so it was onto plan C.

I hit the trail about 10 minutes before sunrise and reached Romero Pass in 3h 15m, if I remember correctly, losing my sunglasses somewhere in the process. There are a few tree hurdles just below the pass. My pace slowed further up, and for the first time in a long time I had to sit down and take a couple brief breaks. A sign where Sutherland and Mt. Lemmon meet said the peak was another 1.5 miles away, on top of the 11.something I had already gone. A couple pumpkins were dropped and I continued on, even though I had already gone through 100oz of my water.

Finding the spur trail for the highpoint took a minute, and staying on it took some paying attention, though you could probably just follow the fence of the observatory. At the top, I had some much needed food and accessed my remaining water. I drank most of my 16oz bottle and emptied the rest into my reservoir, along with another liter. The other liter was left in its bottle where I could visibly keep track of it. As it turns out, I ended up drinking less than a liter on the way down.

I finally started to feel sore on the descent. Before hitting Romero Pass again, I passed two people who were on their way up. I asked them if they had seen any sunglasses and they said yes, and told me about where they were at. That was kind of useless to me, but at least there was hope. Back in Romero Canyon, my legs were crying! I kept telling them the car was right around the corner, but they knew I was full of it. And just when I didn't think I'd ever see my sunglasses again, I found them lying right next to the trail. :D

I really wanted the last few miles to be over. I sat down a couple times to ease the pain in my legs but it was no use. I pressed on, spotting a deer in the process. The last two miles were mostly in the dark. All's well that ends well, and despite feeling sore, I'm happy to have bagged Lemmon this way. This goes down as the biggest hike I've ever done, in every sense.

Miscellaneous notes:
Shin daggers are a pain in the ass, or leg. Yeah, mostly leg.
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Oct 06 2012
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking17.20 Miles 5,834 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.76 mph
5,834 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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I was hoping for a one way shuttle, but no one was able to commit, so I did an out and back that I knew would not include the summit. I was not in the shape to make Lemmon Creek, so I went to the Wilderness of Rocks Trail junction, and then turned back from there. I spent some time at the rock overlook just before you drop down to the trail junction, so that was sort of my summit. With all the down, I think this is a little harder than a one way up hike. I used edited GPS tracks to get my AEG and mileage.

The hike had a noticeably different feel than the last times. October is very different from spring. Cooler, so I needed less water, quiet, as there are basically no bird calls, though there are insects after dark, and I didn't smell the oaks, pines, the soil, or the desert as I could last time. The grass was a lot thicker, too. The seasons are changing, and for winter.
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Jun 03 2012
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Mount Lemmon from Catalina State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Dave1
Hiking26.83 Miles 8,388 AEG
Hiking26.83 Miles   10 Hrs   52 Mns   2.74 mph
8,388 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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I posted this as an event but got no bites. Since there was no reason to get there at 5, I slept in a little and arrived at 5:40. I could see the sun was already out and bouncing off some clouds. Clouds that I wished would have stuck around a little longer. No one was manning the entry booth so I stuffed 7 bucks in the envelope and headed to the trailhead. Passed a few groups on the way to Romero pools and then cached a liter-a-cola (actually water) at about the 6-mile mark.

The weather was pretty descent for most of the day. Slightly cool at the start, then it was moderate (maybe mid 70s) and then a bit chilly when I reached the top. On the way down I had some nice breezes. By the time i got to Romero pools the temps had climbed into the ninties but the breeze made it slightly less than unbearable.
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