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green Birding Loop

Trail

0.9 mile 1.5 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 64' 20 m
Descent: -76' -23 m
High: 2,768' 844 m
Low: 2,703' 824 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Stephen Woodall

A short loop trail within Catalina State Park with varied terrain, elevation gain & some shade.

Stephen Woodall

Features Birding · Views

Family Friendly A short loop with plenty to see along the way.

Description

From the main parking lot trailhead start SE along the Romero Pools and Canyon Loop Trail until crossing the first major wash nearby, which can have water during monsoons and after winter snow melt.

Instead of turning left (east) up the big hill there, take a right onto the Birding Loop, and you'll immediately be among the trees and one of the cooler sections of the park since the initial part of the trail follows the wash. This section begins a bit sandy until you start climbing up higher later on.

Before long you'll come to an intersection in the trail and either direction will loop you back around. This route is marked in the clockwise direction which will lead you across a small stream bed pretty quickly and then up a set of stairs built of railroad ties. You'll continue up a slight grade and traverse a ridgeline for a brief section before dropping back down another set of stairs and crossing a small wash again. Here the path again becomes sandy as you wind your way back to the intersection and back out towards the other trails.

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Land Manager: Arizona State Parks

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Jan 14, 2018
Annarose Peterson
1mi
Jan 13, 2018
Mike Constant
May 29, 2017
Garrett T
Brought Zeus along... Stopped for three water breaks 1.1mi
Apr 20, 2017
Chad Fike

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