Summary: I didn't know how amazing this hike could be until I hiked it with winter's snow runoff filling the canyons around me. The trail can be hiked Fall and Spring as well but this was the best experience I've ever had on this trail.
The trailhead starts about 100 feet up the road from the parking lot. The trail becomes non-obvious after 50 feet or so as you climb up slick rock. I've placed a handful of new rock cairns to aid in navigation. Once up the slick rock, the trail is well defined the rest of the way.
Great 290 degree views as you come to a saddle then walk a ridge to the terminus of the trail.
Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, head east on Speedway Blvd for 5.0 miles. Turn left at N Wilmot Rd and follow for a half mile. Wilmot turns into Tanque Verde Red. Continue on E Tanque Verde Rd for 3.8 miles. Turn left at Catalina Hwy and follow for 7.1 miles to the Babad Do'ag Vista parking lot. (Lat:32.3097 Lon:-110.72152)
Trail Guides for Babad Doag:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Coronado National Forest 520 388 8300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Kpgn on 9/18/2016
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Reviewed by Hightopper on 10/13/2015
Hiked this trail with college-aged son over U of AZ family weekend (Mid Oct 2015). The trail has a nice traversing elevation gain, so it never seems overly rigorous. We lost the trail several times (for only a few yards) due to overgrowth. We used nav on phone at times to figure correct direction. There are a few spots where cactus is hiding in grass or very close to middle of the trail so if you're not paying attention to each step, you may end up with needles. It's a beautiful, quite trail (we didn't see any other hikers), and an unexpected high point to the weekend.
Reviewed by AZDean on 6/13/2013
The elevation gain is less than than stated, and this is a fairly easy hike. It was disappointing only because it ends near the saddle and doesn't continue on past that very far. I've posted pictures and a Google Earth video of the hike though at: http://tucsonhikes.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/babad-doag-trail
Reviewed by Theo on 12/26/2012
Excellent, non-crowded trail. Stats are a bit off though. According to my GPS was 4 miles round trip with about a 1000 ft of elevation gain.
Reviewed by Nicole on 12/24/2012
This is one of the best trails by far. Just amazing views once you get to the top of the mountain. Even though the little ones might get tired, this was very enjoyable!
Reviewed by Timothy on 1/4/2012
Really enjoyed this hike today (4 Jan 2012). The timing estimate posted is accurate. We are not fast and it took us about 1:45 out, a break for lunch, and 1:00 back. The parking is before the permitting station and therefore free to hike. Once you crest out it seems like the trail stops, but it actually continues on a fainter track left towards the top of the waterfall. Just after you cross the waterfall is the end of trail sign. This hike is great. You get amazing views from the second you step on the trail and all the way up. The trail starts in saguaro country but finishes at the live oak level. Not many people on the trail either. We only came across one other group the whole time.
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