Romero Pools

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5.8 Miles 9.3 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

1,232' 375 m

Ascent

-1,231' -375 m

Descent

3,779' 1,152 m

High

2,716' 828 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

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A challenging route up and over to Romero Pools. Plenty of amazing views to the Santa Catalin range

Niall Murphy

Overview

This trail will bring you from the main parking area, across a wash, and up into the Santa Catalina Mountain range toward Mt. Lemmon. After you join the singletrack trail up to Romero Pools you'll be met with a few steep climbs with views that are worth the effort. You'll then begin to descend into the Romero Pools area.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need To Know

Be aware of the weather and avoid being near the stream during rain storms as flash flooding can definitely take place in this area down by the pools. Any rain on Mt. Lemmon will surely find its way down the mountain and through the pools.

Description

The first part of the trail is a wide and sandy path crossing the first main wash and leading you to the Romero Pools trailhead.

After you join the singletrack trail up to Romero Pools you'll climb up and into the mountain. This section is the hardest part of the entire journey, but is worth the challenge. You'll not only have views of Mt. Lemmon to your east, but you'll have sweeping views looking west over Oro Valley and Tucson.

The descent into Romero Pools is a nice breath of fresh air that gives you a chance to use other muscle groups. A few days after a big rain is one of the best times to explore this trail!

For those looking for a longer hike, there is the option to start at Catalina State Park and finish at Sabino Canyon (parking fee required). This route requires a shuttle, but is a great hike to traverse the Santa Catalina Mountains. From Romero Pools cross Romero Pass at 6,080 feet before descending on the West Fork Trail #24 before turning south on Sabino Canyon Trail #23. Don't miss Hutch's Pools along West Fork Trail at 3.4 miles after Romero Pass. You have the option to follow either follow the North Upper Sabino Canyon Road or Phoneline Trail to exit at the Sabino Canyon visitor center.

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Sep 5, 2016
Jennifer Hall
It was beautiful! Not a ton of water. The deepest pool was was about thigh deep 6mi
Aug 28, 2016
Mo Casorla
Nice hike to Romero pools. Word of advice get an early start during the summer.
Aug 21, 2016
Paul Huang
Aug 11, 2016
Andrew Fogas

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All Clear 95 days ago
Mostly Dry - Not a lot of water. 1 pool was about thigh deep.
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