This route climbs up the one of the most iconic peaks in the Tucson area, Mount Lemmon, starting from Catalina State Park. The climb begins on the Romero Canyon Trail, one of the most popular trails in the area which leads up to a desert oasis with pools! The trail continues up to the Romero saddle where the trail intersects the AZT. Hop onto the AZT and head towards the Mount Lemmon Trail #5 and on up to the summit! The route ends at the parking lot at the top of the Mount Lemmon ski area.
For the round trip run down the same trails or complete the short Meadow Trail to make a loop at the top and intersect back with the Mount Lemmon Trail #5 (distance is just slightly longer by completing the meadow loop). There is year round water on the Romero Canyon Trail about half way down towards the Romero Pools.
(Editor note: this Route is for the Ascent; there is a Variation for the Up and Down; both qualify as separate FKTs. For the Up/Down, one may do the described Meadow Loop or not.)
- Submitted by Allison Baca