Three Day Trip to the Chiricahuas, Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15
Leave Fry’s at 9:00 am on Friday and travel to Tucson arrive approximately 11:00 am for a hike to Romero Pools in Catalina State Park near Tuscon. There is a $7 per car entry fee. Romero Pools is a great moderate hike with mountain views, waterfalls, and natural pools.
Near: Tucson, AZ
Distance: 5.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1500 ft
Hike Time: 3 hours
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Hike Type: Out and Back
The park offers bathroom facilities and picnic tables. Be prepared depending on conditions we may have to cross some water so we could get wet.
We will have lunch close to the park and proceed to Wilcox for late afternoon check in.
Lodging: We have a block of 7 Rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilcox for Friday, September 13 and Saturday September 14th. The rate is $74.00 a night. Rooms are non smoking with 2 Queen beds. Breakfast is included. To reserve, call and request to speak to Terry or Susan. Identify yourself as being with Grayhawk Hiking Club and reserve your room under your own name. If you have any difficulties, send an email to the Event Hosts (Lesley or Vangie). The address of the hotel is 1251 Virginia Avenue[masked]-3333.
Saturday, we will have breakfast at the hotel and plan to leave for the Chiricahua National Monument at 7:00 am. Chiricahua National Monument 12856 East Rhyolite Creek Road, Wilcox AZ 85643 [masked]). $5.00 entry fee per person.
We will hike The Big Loop beginning at the Echo Canyon Trailhead. It is a strenuous hike of 9.5 miles and an elevation gain of approximately 1800 feet.
Near: Wilcox, AZ in Chiricahua National Monument
Distance: 9.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1800 ft
Hike Time: 5 hours
Trail Condition: Good
Hike Type: Loop
Sunday, for those wanting a short hike before heading home we will return to the National Monument hike Natural Bridge Trail. Access a small parking area along the Bonita Canyon Scenic Drive .5 miles behind the campground. It is a moderate hike 4.8 miles with 550 feet in elevation gain. It is the least used trail in the monument and climbs through oak and juniper woodlands to a ridge than drops into the Apache pine forest of Picket Park. The trail ends at an overlook for the small water carved bridge located across the canon. We’ll return the same way.