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Hidden Canyon - Tucson Mtn Park, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,737 feet
Elevation Gain 433 feet
Accumulated Gain 450 feet
Avg Time One Way 45 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 4
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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6  2019-11-24
Bowen Trail - TMP
11  2019-01-11
Yetman Trail Loop
4  2018-12-09
Yetman Trail
15  2018-02-03
Starr Pass Resort Trails
5  2011-08-28 johnlp
13  2011-08-20 burntlizard
1  2011-03-15 Bearpaw
Author keepmoving
author avatar Guides 34
Routes 244
Photos 2,158
Trips 579 map ( 4,471 miles )
Age 34 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:38am - 7:22pm
Official Route
5 Alternative

Escape Starr Pass
by keepmoving

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This is a short, easy hike that begins at Starr Pass and heads into the northeastern corner of Tucson Mountain Park. Make sure to hit the trail early or plan on avoiding weekends as the parking tends to fill up quickly.

From the trailhead, go past the signs and begin to work your way into the canyon. The desert landscape will quickly block the resort from view, making the hike feel much more isolated than reality. You will soon pass the first of several informative signs placed along the trail highlighting some of the native flora and fauna.

The trail will follow a wash for the first quarter-mile before it begins to work its way up the hillside. The climb is rather pleasant and is just enough to get your blood pumping. Soon the trail reaches the top of a ridge, providing some less than impressive views of Tucson.

The trail now turns south from the ridge and continues its gradual climb for another hundred yards until it tops out. The trail will now begin to switchback down the hillside, but be careful here as there is a small use path that leads off the trail and can be confused with the main trail. After working your way down the hillside, the trail will gradually level out, and you will find yourself at the unmarked junction with the Bowen Trail. A left turn will lead you back to Starr Pass, while a right turn will lead you to Yetman Trail.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Pima County-managed trailheads open at dawn and close at dusk, except as otherwise noted (link below). Be aware that trailhead hours may vary according to location and managing agency. The following trailheads allow after hours parking with a permit: Avenida de Suzenu, Bear Canyon, Campbell, El Camino del Cerro, Pima Canyon, Finger Rock, and Ventana Canyon. No after hours parking is allowed at the other Pima County trailheads. Trailhead parking permits are available at no cost.

Permits are required for Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, Empirita Ranch Access, and overnight parking at Pima County trailheads. Please call 520-877-6158 to request a permit or come in to the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Administration Building at 3500 West River Road Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Permits are not issued on Saturdays, Sundays, or county holidays. Vist for more information.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From I-10, exit onto 22nd street/Starr Pass Blvd. Turn west onto Star Pass Blvd and follow it 4.8 miles past Players Club drive to Starr Pass Resort. The trail signs will be on the left side of the road across from the main resort. Flip a U-Turn and park along the curb.
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