Mint Spring Trail to Sabino Canyon via Wilderness of Rocks and West Fork Trail

HARD 3 reviews

Mint Spring Trail to Sabino Canyon via Wilderness of Rocks and West Fork Trail is a 20.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Benson, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
20.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1397 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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nature trips

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A very nice hike, though not an easy one. Great landscapes, the trail starts in pines and ends among saguaros. This is a good route to take when the road to the Mount Lemmon trail head is seasonally closed. Drive to Summerhaven, then turn right on E. Carter Canyon road, and go to the Mint Spring trailhead. There you can leave one car with the other car left at the Sabino Canyon recreation area if you want to make this a one way). Take the Wilderness of Rocks trail #44, and from its southernmost point and go another 2.4 miles to the Romero Pass. Then take the West Fork trail to Hutch's Pool. Then walk the remaining distance up to Sabino Canyon Recreation area. **It is a must to carry plenty of water.**

hiking
4 months ago

A very nice hike, though not an easy one. Great landscapes, the trail starts in pines and ends among saguaros. We planned to start at the Mount Lemmon trail head, but the road leading to it was seasonally closed, so we had to find another starting point. We drove to Summerhaven, then turned right on E. Carter Canyon road and went to the Mint Spring trailhead. There we left our car (we had left another car earlier at the Sabino Canyon recreation area). Finding the new starting point took some time, so we started our hike later than we expected - around 9-30 AM. We walked the Mint Spring trail up to the nice spot, where 5 trails go in different directions. There we took the Wilderness of Rocks trail #44, and from its southernmost point went another 2.4 miles to the Romero Pass. Then we took the West Fork trail, and at 4 PM went to Hutch's Pool. We rested there for about an hour, bathed, and then walked the remaining distance up to Sabino Canyon rectreation area. It became dark at about 6-30, but we had headlamps, so it was not a problem. It is a must to carry plenty of water. We carried about 3 liter per person, and it was barely enough.