Santa Catalina Mountain Hike, Tucson (AZ Trail Project)

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Dan Rothman - (480-773-5197)
Bev Koslow - (480-415-7147)
RATING: B & A LENGTH: 11 & 20 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 & 3500 ft PACE: Moderate

Call leaders by 7:00 pm on May 2nd to reserve a place on one of these hikes and for meetup and car shuttle details.

We’ll be continuing our Arizona Trail Project with Passage 11, through the beautiful Pusch Ridge Wilderness area of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Bev will lead a partial-passage, in-and-out hike from the Gordon Hirabayashi Trailhead on the Mount Lemon Highway. The hike will provide spectacular views of the canyons, streams and mountains of the Catalinas. It will follow Sabino Canyon, passing above and along the East Fork of Sabino Creek. Along the way, we’ll pass an old dam and falls at Sycamore Reservoir and stop to have a break and turn back near the junction with the Box Camp Canyon.

The full-passage hike, led by Dan, will continue beyond this turnaround point up the West Fork of Sabino Creek. On the way, we’ll stop for a break at Hutch’s Pool, a beautiful and tranquil oasis along the West Fork, before beginning our long but steady ascent to Romero Pass. This marks the terminus of Passage 11 but leaves us an approximately 7-mile descent through scenic Romero and Montrose Canyons to Catalina State Park where our cars will be waiting. About half-way down, we’ll take a short break at Romero Pools, one of the most popular hiking destinations in Tucson.

Bring your sunscreen, plenty of water and electrolytes, food for snacks, sturdy hiking boots and rain gear. In addition to gas, passengers will share the entrance cost (if any) to Mount Lemon Highway and Catalina State Park. Additional cost to non-members is $5.