Mount Lemmon from Catalina State Park (Prickley pear to pine cones!)

This should be a good one! Catalina State Park to Mt Lemmon.

Stats: 15.2 Miles with 7700' of accumulated elevation gain.

Plan is to leave one vehicle on the summit the day before, meet at the Trader Joe's parking lot on Oracle and Magee Rd at 0500, depart to CSP.

Leg #1 - Romero Canyon Trail (#8)
This section of the route leaves the trailhead at Catalina State Park and ends at Romero Pass. It is 7.3 miles in length

Leg#2 - Mount Lemmon Trail (#5)
The Mount Lemmon trail connections to the Wilderness of Rock trail after 1.9 miles of uphill travel. The trail leaves the junction at the top of the pass heading east.

Leg#3 - Wilderness of Rock Trail (#44)
The Wilderness of Rock trail connects to the Lemmon Rock Lookout trail after 2.3 miles of beautiful scenery. It winds through a scenic open pine forest studded with large boulders and rock formations.

Leg#4 - Lemmon Rock Lookout Trail (#12)
The Lemmon Rock Lookout trail climbs for two miles out of Wilderness of Rock and up towards the summit of Mount Lemmon.

We will finish at the parking lot near the electrical substation, or continue down past the observatory to Ski Valley. That will depend is the seasonal road is open.

I want to keep the group size small, and limit it to very fit and strong hikers. If there is enough interest we can add more people, we will need another vehicle to leave at the summit.

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  • Joe

    Thanks Mark for putting this trip together! What a beautiful day! I will never forget this one!

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Dorine C.

      Hi Joe,

      This is Dorine, from Saturday's hike. I mentioned Blackett's Ridge when we were driving you back to Trader Joe's. If you're interested, it's tomorrow at Sabino Canyon. We meet at the Visitor Centre at 7:30.

      Cheers.

      May 6, 2013

  • Lisa

    Beautiful & challenging. My fall goal may be to out-and-back it.

    3 · May 5, 2013

    • Mark

      Lisa, that may be my Fall goal too, after having zerk fittings installed on both my knees.

      1 · May 5, 2013

  • Andrea

    Thanks for organizing, Mark, and thanks to the shuttle drivers!

    May 5, 2013

  • Mark

    For the stat keepers: 15.2 miles with 7700' of accumulated elevation gain (AVG) That's almost 1.5 miles of vertical gain!

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • Mark

      Eat something really, really good (bad) tonight.

      May 4, 2013

    • Andrea

      Had a lot of pancakes this morning.

      1 · May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all again for putting up with the slow poke. As bad as I felt I still enjoyed myself. I was just sorry I didn't get a chance too get to know you all a bit better. You are all very strong hikers and I'm sure I'll see you all again. Happy trails.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Sabrina

    This was a fabulous hike and a fabulous group! Not sure I can commit to the up and down in a day though ;-) Thanks to all who organized the car shuttle - that was a lot of effort. I truly appreciate it.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Mark

    What Gary said. Going to soak now.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Gary

    stupendous

    May 4, 2013

  • Mark

    Belinda, Lisa and I just finished leaving two vehicles on top for the return ride down the mountain. It took over 3-1/2 hours. Thanks to Belinda and Lisa for committing the time to make this happen for the group. Please remember to give gas money to any of your drivers.

    May 3, 2013

    • Belinda

      In case anyone is curious, my car will have driven 133 miles in this endeavor! WOW! Note I didn't say I have driven as tomorrow Joel gets to do the driving!

      May 3, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Are we meeting at the TJs at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m.? - description above is ambiguous. And it's too early in the morning for me to take the chance ;-)

    May 3, 2013

    • Mark

      Sabrina, 0500 at TJ parking lot just South of the bank

      May 3, 2013

  • Stephanie P. S.

    It's very nice to meet you all for dinner. Thanks Mike for giving us free dinner, Belinda for organizing, Sandra and Mark for wonderful frame with our hiking pictures, and I appreciate everyone for the beautiful cards with your signatures. I'll miss your guys very much.
    As I said I can give your guys free shuttle from T.J's parking lot to the Catalina State Park. I do not mind to get up earlier and my house is close to both places. Have wonderful hiking on Saturday!

    2 · May 2, 2013

    • Belinda

      Stephanie, if you don't mind getting up that early it would be awesome to not have to return to Catalina State Park after the long day. We will miss you on the hike though...

      May 3, 2013

    • Andrea

      Sorry I couldn't make your going away party, Stephanie. If I don't see you on Sat., good luck with your move!

      1 · May 3, 2013

  • Dorine C.

    Hello, At approximately what time can we expect to reach the summit? The person who is driving me back down - along with a few other people if they need the ride - would like to have a rough idea so as not to make us wait up there too long. Thanks.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to do this as a backpacking trip. Is it longer if you take Sutherland trail?

    April 28, 2013

    • Katie

      it's shorter...a great dayhike is up Sutherland and then out romero, and you can hit water in romero on the way down ~23 miles and you don't need a car shuttle

      May 3, 2013

  • Lisa

    Andrea, Can you pick me up? I'm downtown. No car because I'm leaving mine at the top on Fri for transport. [masked]-1909. PS I'll remind u to bring shoes!!

    May 2, 2013

  • Mark

    We have two vehicles going up Friday evening to shuttle us back on Saturday. Lets try and work on rides to the State Park. Belinda, John, and I will have room for 1 or 2 more. Leaving from midtown, then heading to the Trader Joe's parking lot at Oracle & Magee.

    May 1, 2013

    • Andrea

      I'll just meet everyone at TJ's. I can ride with someone from there or take people in my car. If anyone else wants to carpool from Grant/Campbell area, let me know.

      May 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would be glad to give u a ride to T.J's. Just let me know where u live and what time. cell#[masked]

      May 2, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hi guys, My car is one of the summit two, meaning I'll need a ride for the 1st driving leg to Trader Joe's. I live in Armory Park (4 blocks south of Congress). Am I on anyone's way?

    May 2, 2013

  • Mark

    If you're unsure where to meet, look at the map link.

    May 1, 2013

  • Andrea

    Mark, do we have enough cars yet to leave at the summit? If not, I can leave my car up there if someone else will bring me down and pick me up in the morn...

    May 1, 2013

    • Mark

      Sorry for the delay; full schedule the past few day.

      May 1, 2013

    • Mark

      Andrea, we have two cars for the summit, that will cover it. Thanks for the offer

      May 1, 2013

  • Dorine C.

    I'm 3rd on the waiting list, but if I end up on the hike, I can bring 3 people down afterwards - someone is picking me up on the summit and we'll have room in the car.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyway to get more into this hike? I will seriously ride in someones trunk back down.

    April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mark, I am prepared, I did Cathedral rock, 5,300 elev gain, 18 miles. [masked]

      April 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I understand, I am in great shape ad have done many stenuous hikes without issue - finger rock, mt kimball, widow rock and peak, catherdral rock, pusch ridge, I can run blacketts

      April 30, 2013

  • Sundance

    Hey, did you guys realize that Catalina State Park is hosting a HUGE event this Saturday? Probably the biggest event they've ever had - celebrating their 30th anniversary as a park. http://azstateparks.com/Parks/CATA/index.html

    April 30, 2013

  • Teri T.

    Have fun. Did it from Prison Camp last Sunday. I'm crazy if I do that again

    April 26, 2013

    • Mark

      Bob, just trying to stir some competitive juices. BTW...it's Pu$$lE, not "Pu$$IE" ;-)

      April 29, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Mark, Yea -- my spelling isn't always the best. Have a SAFE and Enjoyable hike ! -- Bob

      April 29, 2013

  • Bob W.

    All, I just finished a similar hike and it was absolutely AWESOME ! We started at Prison Camp, came across to Romero Pass and then up through the Legs 2 - 4 listed above. Bring plenty of water ! You can filter about 2 miles before Romero Pass and again near Lemmon pools. Our group went through about 6-7 liters - EACH - on our similar trip. Have FUN and be Safe ! It is a REAL accomplishment to say that you hiked from the "Prickley Pear to the Pine cones" -- Bob

    April 23, 2013

  • Stephanie P. S.

    I better prepare packing...

    April 23, 2013

  • Joe

    Hello!
    I just wanted to introduce myself to the group. I have been living in Alabama for the last 15 years and every chance I get I go hiking in your area. I am really excited about this Hike. I have had this trip on my mind for the last 3 years. I am looking forward to the challenge.

    In preparation for this trip…
    Last September I hiked up to Romero Pass and there was water all the way up the trail. Does any one know if there will be water in May?

    Should I bring cold gear for the higher altitude? Joe

    April 12, 2013

    • Lisa

      Year-round water is common near parts of the Lemmon portion of this hike, although we'll bypass thosespecific pools. Romero, I don't know. Cold is unlikely but it's always better to be safe than sorry!

      April 12, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Joe, I just hiked up to Romero Pass on April 6 2013. I found there was plenty of water flowing -- to within about 2 miles of the Pass. I filtered water at the camp sight about 2 1/2 miles above Romero Pools. -- Bob

      April 17, 2013

  • Mark

    Wow! What a response for this hike. Any vehicles helping in the shuttle from the summit will need to be driven and left the night before. The cars/drivers need firm commitments. It will be capped at 12 hikers.

    March 19, 2013

    • Dorine C.

      Hi. I can't leave a vehicle on the summit overnight, but someone can pick me up after the hike and we can take 2-3 down to their cars.

      March 26, 2013

  • Stephanie P. S.

    I can leave my car (Corolla 2000) at the summit if no one does, but my car can not survive the dirty road if there is any.

    March 19, 2013

  • Mark

    Who will step up? We need another vehicle left at the summit to add more hikers. Additional hikers will depend on seating capacity.

    March 19, 2013

  • Stephanie P. S.

    just see it, it should be wonderful.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds really awesome! I have a 4-seater car, so I could help out with the transportation if we could expand the group size. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to go, I'll double check my schedule.

    March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, I would freakin' ride in someone's trunk for an hour to make this happen. I am sure we could figure out a way to get 2 cars up there, or even just have a friend pick a few people up and pay them haha

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always wanted to hike that one....

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why only 6 people!!

    March 18, 2013

  • Vagabond J.

    I would love to do this one, but I'm riding a horse in the Kentucky Derby this day.

    March 18, 2013

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