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Birding Loop

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 3.4 (5)

A short loop trail within Catalina State Park with varied terrain, elevation gain & some shade.


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

96%

Runnable

2,768' 844 m

High

2,703' 824 m

Low

64' 20 m

Up

76' 23 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views

Description

From the main parking lot trailhead start SE along the Romero Pools and Canyon Loop Trail until crossing the first major wash nearby, which can have water during monsoons and after winter snow melt.

Instead of turning left (east) up the big hill there, take a right onto the Birding Loop, and you'll immediately be among the trees and one of the cooler sections of the park since the initial part of the trail follows the wash. This section begins a bit sandy until you start climbing up higher later on.

Before long you'll come to an intersection in the trail and either direction will loop you back around. This route is marked in the clockwise direction which will lead you across a small stream bed pretty quickly and then up a set of stairs built of railroad ties. You'll continue up a slight grade and traverse a ridgeline for a brief section before dropping back down another set of stairs and crossing a small wash again. Here the path again becomes sandy as you wind your way back to the intersection and back out towards the other trails.

Contacts

Land Manager: Arizona State Parks

Shared By:

Stephen Woodall

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  3.4 from 5 votes

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#727

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Primary wash crossing with winter snow melt. Photo Credit: @thorvaea
Feb 6, 2016 near Oro Valley, AZ
One of two sets of stairs along this short, scenic route. Some stairs are steeper than others, and uneven.
Dec 6, 2020 near Oro Valley, AZ
Romero Canyon Trail
Dec 18, 2015 near Oro Valley, AZ
The rocks make it appear as if you can safely cross on them. Don't be fooled, your feet are gonna get wet!
Dec 1, 2019 near Oro Valley, AZ

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