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Romero Canyon Trail to Romero Pools [CLOSED]

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Catalina State Park

Romero Canyon Trail to Romero Pools [CLOSED] is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,322 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Closed

No shade

Fee

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (2)

Closed due to fire until Nov 1, 2020: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6741/52546/ Starts at the trail head parking lot and immediately crosses Sutherland Wash, which flows seasonally. The first mile is relatively flat and an easy walk. The next 1.8 miles is a steep and rocky climb to Romero Pools. Romero Pools are formed along a stream bed and water flows seasonally. $7 park entrance fee

Weather
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Reviews (1110)
Photos (1308)
Recordings (994)
Completed (2009)
Alex Moulakelis
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HikingRocky

This was the best trail we have took on in Tucson. We came in from Wisconsin and had done the Bear Canyon trail to 7 falls yesterday. Even though that one is double in mileage this hike trumps that in difficulty. You’re going up virtually the whole hike meaning steep cliffs and challenging terrain. The Romero pools at the end so rewarding and fun. All I can say is start early and most importantly bring a buttload of water

Milton Spivack
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Hiking

Recommend starting no later then 7am. I went through 4 liters of water and ran out half way back.

Logan Vredevoogd
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HikingBugsFeeNo shade
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Chantel Young
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

My friends and I decided to do the Romero Pools yesterday. I would recommend to do this early in the morning and to bring lots of water cause there was no shade. However arriving to the destination was totally worth it. The water felt really nice and it was still running and we had a great time overall.

Jil Albrecht
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HikingNo shade

Not particularly challenging, I encountered a vast array of skill levels from children to elderly folks on this trail. Not easy, but doable for many. At the end you will be rewarded with a little desert oasis. Plenty of spots with running water to chill and find some privacy. I went at 7 AM on Memorial Day, and it wasn’t too busy. Will be back again!

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Rick Estrada
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

Good amount of water at the top. Refreshing in the hot AZ air. Gets hot quick here. Start early and bring extra water. Good sturdy shoes are almost a must with rocks.

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Nicole Achenbach
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Hiking

This is our favorite Tucson hike. 5.4 miles, 3 hour easy, out and back. If you make the drive to the trailhead in the early morning (we parked at 7 AM), the sun hitting the saguaro cacti is breathtaking.

Ida DelRasso
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HikingFeeRocky

Great hike! Still found flowing water! . Best if you start early!

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Josie Romero-Pala
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Bill Mollberg
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Hiking

Hot. Lots of people.

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Bill Mollberg
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Hiking

Awesome hike tonight. No one of the trail. We left around 4:30, reaching the pools in just over an hour. Trail was desolate! Perfect!!!

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Dale Vanderwerff
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HikingRocky

Was heading to Romero pools but was about .8 miles short. Mostly upward, some rocky switch backs. At 1.4 from sign that stats 2.2 to pools I was out of energy to continue. It was beautiful non the less and I was quite high up.

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Bill Mollberg
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Hiking

Nice evening. Not too hot

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Colby Hill
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful hike, absolutely worth the entrance fee. While the pools weren't that impressive, the views were incredible. The heat was intense, so start early!

Bill Mollberg
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Hiking

Nice hike tonight with only a few people on the trail. We meet three backpackers climbing and a lady and two guys as we descended. So much better than hiking on weekends if trying to avoid the crowds during the virus. Weather was cooler today. Took about 1:04 to reach the pools and about the same as the sun was setting heading back down. Perfect conditions. No snakes or wildlife. I would recommend hiking early or late to avoid the mid day heat.

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Fallyn Crockett
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

This hike definitely kicks your butt. The incline of the last 2 miles before you get to the pools elevates the whole time. I definitely recommend lots of water as I hiked mid morning and there was no shade. The pools at the end was the best reward.

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Bill Mollberg
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Hiking

Trail was quite. Mother’s Day. Spent several hours at pools then encountered a thunder storm heading down. Humidity is high! Take plenty of water and start early.

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Madison Hurst
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Bill Mollberg
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Hiking

Water still flowing. We reached the pools in under an hour. Start early to climb in the shade.

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Kristine Mazur
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Hiking

This was an amazing trail! The pool at the end is beautiful!!! But definitely suggest going super early in the morning. We went at 6 am it was a bit chilly at first but it’s worth it because once that sun comes up it gets super hot. Lots of rocks so watch your step!

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Emily D
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Hiking

Awesome hike! We began at 6:30am and it took about 1.5 hrs to get to the pools, we had an inexperienced hiker in the group. The weather was perfect and it wasn’t too busy. I would recommend hiking boots if you have them, there’s a bit of rock along the way.

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