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Babat Du'ag Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

Tackle a steady climb through cacti and creosote to beautiful vistas overlooking Tucson.


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2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Point to Point

4,720' 1,439 m

High

3,589' 1,094 m

Low

1,162' 354 m

Up

44' 13 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Description

The trail is in an open area with no shade, which makes for a hot summer hike.

It 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 1.6 mile point, the trail flattens out to a more gradual climb through some gorgeous rock formations. You'll come to a plateau with some small rock cairns and think you have reached the end of the trail but 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 where there is actually a sign saying ‘End of the Babat Du'ag Trail’.

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Feb 20, 2018 near Tanque…, AZ
Views from ridge
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Nearing end of trail
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Rock formations
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The true end of trail.
Mar 16, 2018 near Tanque…, AZ
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Mar 15, 2020
Pamela Wheelock
March 15, 2020 - beautiful spring flowers, suprised some white tailed deer near the end - around to the canyon on the backside was beautiful, solitude
Oct 27, 2019
Jess Hatscarf