Although we prefer riding our mountain bikes to hiking, there have been some amazing hike that we have done here in Tucson. There is a lot of wilderness area near Tucson, along with two different Saguaro National Parks near town. Since bikes aren’t permitted in either area we had to explore by foot. When the pay off is amazing scenery and some cool waterfalls, it makes it all worth it.
Bridal Falls and Eddie’s Falls
Two in one! Saguaro National Park East was today’s destination. We did a big loop that featured 2 waterfalls!! Somehow we only saw a few people over the 9 miles. We really hit the jackpot by spending this March in Tucson. They had good snowfall and rain to make spectacular scenery. I’d rank this hike intermediate level although Eddie’s Falls was more of a choose your route kind of experience. That part involved some rock hopping and route negotiating. Thankfully we’re a little early for rattlesnakes although we still kept our eye out.
Once again, the water was cold and soaking was appreciated. I was testing out my newly repaired hiking pole. I broke the wrist strap a couple hikes ago. The little pin that goes in the grip to hold the strap in place came out and I lost it. A shish kabob skewer and electrical tape saved the day though. Problem solved.
I’m happy to spend another day outside.
Romero Pools Hike
When you hike what excites you? For me it’s different things. I like a challenge and I like a destination. So far in Tucson we’ve been spoiled. If you are following our blog you’ve seen all the phenomenal hikes we’ve done. Romero Pools didn’t disappoint. Standing a few miles up the trail slowly turning around to take in the surrounding rocky mountains, sweet oaky scent and soaking in the warm spring sun, I was satisfied. I’m fairly confident we’ve captured the perfect 3-4 week trip in Tucson.
Romero Pools hike starts from Catalina State Park and is roughly 6.5 miles done as an out and back. It’s pretty rocky and steep in spots and there’s not much shade so be prepared. When I reached the first pools I immediately took my shoes and socks off and did a good dunk. We kept going from here though and found some side pools that were people free. What a great place!!!!!!! This hike is tough but had a great payoff.