This is a very beautiful hike that leads to a really nice set of falls and pools.

To enter the Catalina State Park costs $7 per vehicle with up to four adults. You then drive to the trailhead parking lot. There will be a restroom and a very small shop there. From the trailhead, you almost immediately crosse Sutherland Wash, which flows seasonally. The first 1.1 miles is relatively flat and an easy walk (up to the end of this point, no dogs are allowed). The next 1.7 miles are a steep and rocky climb to Romero Pools. This part might be a little difficult for beginners, but still worth it once you get to the pools. It takes most people at least an hour and a half to get there and about the same to get back. This is a hike with a very beautiful view and definitely worth doing. The water at the pools is usually very cold, which can be really nice on a hot day.

During the summer time be sure to watch out for rattle snakes!

Pack List

  • Plenty of water
  • Hiking or running shoes
  • Proper clothing depending on season
  • Sunscreen for sunny days
  • A snack
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RT Distance 5.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 900 Feet
Activities Chillin, Swimming, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Family Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Let it rain

April 2018 is a dry year. There is just a trickle. We hiked out wilderness of rocks to marshall gulch. Great hike. Did not even stop at pools, as the rest uwas so much better. Gave 5 stars based on memory of post rain or snowmelt falls.

Most people stop too soon. Most people stop as soon as they get to the water. I know I did the first 2 times I went here. If you cross the stream and continue on about a half mile or so maybe a little less you get to see some more pools and water falls

đź’— This Place

A beautiful short day hike ending at beautiful cool pools of water and several small waterfalls. Bring lots of water and be careful on the rocks in the pools, as they are quite slippery! Also, no dogs on the second part of the trail due to bighorn sheep


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