DISTANCE
20.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,397 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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hiking
6 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.