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AZT - Passage 11 - Santa Catalina Mountains



11.8 mile 19.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 3,038' 926 m
Descent: -1,836' -560 m
High: 6,056' 1,846 m
Low: 3,642' 1,110 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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Trail shared by Chad Dailey

A great hiking trail through the heart of the Catalinas.

Chad Dailey

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The trail starts at the Gordon/Hirabayashi campground off of Mt. Lemmon Highway and ends at the Romero Pass Trail junction. This trail has minor elevation changes, all of which are mostly gradual rolling hills. It does, however, present a few difficult sections for hikers. The climb (or descent, depending on direction) from Romero Pass is certainly the most cardiac challenging section, but the relatively smooth set of switchbacks prevents it from being a scramble.

Running water is seasonal, and the most reliable water source is Hutch's Pool which is approximately half way and about 20 yards off the main trail.

For some history on the trail's start location name, check out the USFS data here.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, skunks, snakes, mountain lions, and black bears.

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May 24, 2019
Semi Feral
This trail is amazing and passes through several different ecosystems. Although mostly easy, the leg using #5 Mt. Lemmon trail is difficult. 21.6mi — 11h 57m
Dec 15, 2018
Eric Jackson
Sabino Canyon trail to Romero Saddle, as part of a Sabino to Summit hike 7.1mi — 2h 35m
Mar 24, 2018
Eric Jackson
Day two of a through hike, on AZT Section 11 and down part of the Romero Canyon Trail, to Old Trail Camp. 7.2mi — 8h 00m
Mar 23, 2018
Eric Jackson
Day one of a through-hike on the AZT section 11, Gordon Hirabayashi trailhead to Hutch's Pool 7.4mi — 5h 30m
Nov 4, 2017
Nina Ossanna

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Looking back down Romero Canyon from the top of the pass
Dec 1, 2019 near Oro Valley, AZ
The East Fork trail junction at the terminus of Palisades #99 trail.
Oct 6, 2019 near Tanque…, AZ
Along E Fork Trail towards Rattlesnake Pt
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Just after the turn on to AZT.
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Hiking west along Sycamore Reservoir Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Snow at the top or Romero Pass
Dec 1, 2019 near Oro Valley, AZ

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