Babat Duag Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,180' 360 m
Descent: -1,180' -360 m
High: 4,718' 1,438 m
Low: 3,583' 1,092 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)
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“This is a beautiful trail that winds up a hill and along a canyon with great views and beautiful cacti.”— Boston Turtle
The trail starts 50 yards across and up the highway from the parking spot at Vista Point. Be careful crossing the highway—it can be very busy with lots of traffic.
The beginning of the trail is not well marked, but just follow the slickrock wash. There are lots of paddle cacti, yucca, creosote bushes, and beautiful vegetation on the trail. Carefully work your way up the rocky wash.
After 0.5 to 0.75 miles, the trail comes to a magnificent viewpoint overlooking Tucson. La Milagrosa Trail and Agua Caliente Canyon Trail are visible across the canyon to the south. The trail continues to wind up and back past some beautiful saguaro cacti to the northeast.
At the 1.75 mile point, the trail flattens out to a more gradual climb through gorgeous rock formations. You'll come to a plateau with small rock cairns and will think you have reached the end of the trail—don’t be fooled. Continue to head north for a quarter-mile over a very beautiful dry waterfall that sometimes has water. The trail ends just as you cross over to the top of the dry waterfall and there is actually a sign saying ‘End of the Babat Duag Trail’.
Have a snack and return the way you came while enjoying the vistas on the way back.
Land Manager: USFS - Coronado National Forest Office
Apr 14, 2019: Prescribed burning in Gardner Canyon
Apr 9, 2019: Kids in the Canyon Day on Coronado National Forest