Escape Starr Pass
Overview: 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.
Hike: From the trail head, 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 it really is. You will soon pass the first of several informative signs placed along the trail that highlight 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 actually rather pleasant and is just enough to get your blood pumping. Soon the trail reaches the top of a ridge, where it provides some less than amazing views of Tucson.
From the ridge, the trail now turns south 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 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.
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.