Hiking Project Logo

blueBlack Romero Canyon Trail


6.5 mile 10.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 3,369' 1,027 m
Descent: -65' -20 m
High: 6,021' 1,835 m
Low: 2,716' 828 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Niall Murphy

A fairly exposed trail with beautiful mountain views as you ascend the pass.

Niall Murphy

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Dogs are not allowed in the bighorn sheep management area; all of this trail beyond the first mile or so is within that area, so if you'd like to hike with your dog, stay on the lower sections of this trail and follow posted signs.

Need to Know

The trail intersects the creek at several points, and water is available depending on the season. A number of nice spots for camping can also be found very close to the trail, often with stone fire rings; watch for these starting about 0.5 miles upstream of Romero Pools. Watch for patches of poison ivy which are near some of these areas.


Your climb begins with your very first step onto the trailhead. You leave behind the wide sandy path and begin on your singletrack journey through a few saddles and down to Romero Pools. Watch your footing as several sections of trail to this point involve scrambling over fairly steep sections of rock.

After you continue past the pools, you'll gain even more elevation as you weave your way into the canyon and up to Romero Pass. Relatively flat or gently sloping sections alternate with rocky climbs. As you continue to gain elevation, you can see significant changes in the plants and animals around you, from dry scrubby ridges to lush oak and juniper glades near the creek. The last mile of climbing as you approach the saddle is particularly challenging.

This is a wonderful trail with a lot of elevation gain, and the views make it well worth the challenge.


Rate This Trail

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In


Mar 3, 2019
Julian Sanchez
A great hike and also a great camping site! 3mi
Mar 2, 2019
Freddie Sanchez
Hiked out to the pools with my son and father in law on a warm and overcast afternoon. The wet winter and recent snow fed the creek well. We made i… 3.5mi
Apr 14, 2018
Freddie Sanchez
Hiked to the pass and back to old trail camp. setup camp and headed out the next day. 9.8mi
Mar 25, 2018
Eric Jackson
Day three of a through hike, from AZT Section 11 to Romero Canyon Trail. Upper section of Romero Canyon shows recent work, but still a few issues. 5mi — 4h 30m
Mar 21, 2018
Eck Doerry
Went up and a mile or so past the pools. Perfect hike for a casual half day or for the less fit. Lots of private little pools up the canyon for a dip
Apr 2, 2017
KrisAnn Traicoff
Feb 14, 2017
Jerry Rudnick
I've rated this trail one diamond really for people 70+ like myself. Younger hikers might consider it intermediate.

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 7 votes


  4.4 from 7 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star


in Arizona


50 Views Last Month
3,265 Since Dec 18, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult



Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking