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Hiking the Romero Pools Trail

The hike to Romero Pools is Catalina State Park’s most popular trail. It’s 5.6 miles of moderate hiking with broad, scenic views of Pusch Ridge and the Santa Catalinas, ending at pools and flowing waterfalls.

It’s been about 5 years since we hiked the Romero Pools Trail, which means we’ve been long overdue for another hike there.

Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
During monsoon season, this creek bed flows with water and is a popular splashing spot to bring children.

Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail

Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
5 years makes one easily forget how much effort this hike can be… It’s only a 1,000 increase in elevation gain, but most of that is restricted to a small distance of steep switchbacks before it evens out.

Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail

Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Ridgeline views on the Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail

Epic ridgeline views.

Ridgeline panoramic views on the Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Ridgeline views on the Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
waterfalls on the Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Waterfalls on the Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Waterfalls on the Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail
Romero Pools waterfall hiking trail in Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-trail

Romero Pools Trail Overview

  • Address: Catalina State Park, 11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737
  • Fees: $7/vehicle
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Length: 5.6 Miles Out & Back
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000
  • Things to note:
    1. Exposed trail with little shade.
  • Tips:
    1. Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen, hat/glasses as there is very little shade on this moderately strenuous trail.
  • Pets allowed: No
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