Romero Trail #8

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

A desert canyon stream and great views of Pusch Ridge and the Santa Catalinas await you along this popular trail. The hike starts in Catalina State Park and uses scenic Romero Canyon as an access route into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Even along its early stretches, this trail offers good views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and of Cathedral Rock towering over the pinnacles of Pusch Ridge. The climb toward Romero Pass includes several sections of steep switchbacks, some of which are rocky and rutted. Along initial stretches of the trail, heavy use has made the route hard to pick out from a maze of opportunistic pathways that branch off to random destinations. As you make your way toward the pass, however, broad vistas continue to increase in drama and occasional sightings of desert bighorn sheep add an extra element of excitement to an already rewarding hike. At Romero Pass you have a number of trails to choose from. Connecting trails provide routes to the summit of Mt. Lemmon, to the Wilderness of Rock area, and to the scenic Sabino Basin and Sabino Canyon area to the south and east. Cathedral Rock Trail #26, a rugged and difficult route, provides access from Romero Pass to all the Front Range trails.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: This trail is not recommended for horse use. Motorized and mechanical vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. No dogs allowed.
Water: Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger     520-749-8700

General Information

Directions: Drive 18 miles north from Tucson on the Oracle Road (US 89) to Catalina State Park. The Romero Trailhead is located within the park– follow the signs. Catalina State Park charges an entrance fee.


Day Hiking

Great views. Waterfalls and wildflowers. Access to Sabino Canyon. Watchable wildlife. Trails to Mt. Lemmon \& Pusch Ridge. 5.6 miles of the trail are in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The Romero Pools area has been damaged by overuse. Please take special care when you visit this fragile area.
Elevation desc 2,800 - 6,000 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
6.6 miles

  Elevation : 
2,800 feet - 6,000 feet