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AZT - Passage 11 - Santa Catalina Mountains

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A great running trail through the heart of the Catalinas.


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11.8

Miles

19.0

KM

84%

Runnable

6,056' 1,846 m

High

3,642' 1,110 m

Low

3,038' 926 m

Up

1,836' 560 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Views

Wilderness rules apply.

Runner Notes

Perhaps the most runnable trail in all of the Catalina Mountains.

Description

The trail starts at the Gordon/Hirabayashi campground off of Mt. Lemmon Highway and ends at the Romero Pass Trail junction. This trail has minor elevation changes, all of which are mostly gradual rolling hills. It does, however, present a few difficult sections for runners. The climb (or descent, depending on direction) from Romero Pass is certainly the most cardiac challenging section, but the relatively smooth set of switchbacks prevents it from being a scramble.

Running water is seasonal, and the most reliable water source is Hutch's Pool which is approximately half way and about 20 yards off the main trail.

For some history on the trail's start location name, check out the USFS data here.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, skunks, snakes, mountain lions, and black bears.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chad Dailey

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Photos

Hiking west along Sycamore Reservoir Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking back down Romero Canyon from the top of the pass
Dec 1, 2019 near Oro Valley, AZ
Along E Fork Trail towards Rattlesnake Pt
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Just after the turn on to AZT.
Aug 7, 2017 near Tanque…, AZ
Snow at the top or Romero Pass
Dec 1, 2019 near Oro Valley, AZ
The East Fork trail junction at the terminus of Palisades #99 trail.
Oct 6, 2019 near Tanque…, AZ

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