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Babad Do'ag Drainage, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,558 feet
Elevation Gain 1,143 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,143 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.51
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:16am - 7:33pm
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Water's mostly about the water...
by imike

Most everyone gets up to Babad Do'ag on Catalina/Mt. Lemmon Highway to enjoy the scenic overview and to stretch their legs on the posted and established trail that begins there and starts just uphill and across the road. There is a second and slightly different option to enjoy, and interestingly enough, it goes to the same upper-end destination. Instead of ranging out and around the mountain's face, this one moves up the drainage that lies slightly downhill from the scenic overlook.

After parking in the overlook parking lot, walk down the road (not up as if going to the regular trail) to the drainage/barriers. Cross over and down into the drainage on the road's right-hand side (opposite side from the parking lot). Once into the drainage, start working your way uphill, remaining in the drainage for the entire hike.

This area has for years been seasonally popular as warm rock, sunny pool swimming areas. Numerous ponds have been augmented to create deeper, larger pools, and depending on the level of flooding in any given year, those pools may or may not be large enough to enjoy some soaking, wading, and perhaps some swimming.

There is initially a bit of rock obstacle obscuring the route, but it is easily rounded. The rest of the drainage provides various sandy or rocky surfaces to work your way up and around. Eventually, the drainage opens and widens as you near the top of the hike. The regular trail lies to the right and up above below the top of the ridge. A simple alternative return can include connecting and looping back on that trail, but there is a bit more adventure to be had hiking back down the way you came. You can also extend the hike ever further up the drainage, but the logical turnaround is in that initial large basin. If there has been some lovely rain, there will be a sizeable waterfall above to highlight the trek.

This can be a great picnic getaway... moving ever further from the crowds.

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2009-05-02 imike

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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.

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    Coronado Forest
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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Babad Do'ag Trailhead
    Take the Catalina Highway in Tucson up to the Catalina Mountains. Just past milepost 2 is the Babad Do'ag Vista pullout on your right. Park here and walk back to the highway for the hike.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 128 mi - about 2 hours 19 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 18.7 mi - about 42 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 272 mi - about 4 hours 23 mins
    page created by imike on May 02 2009 12:46 pm
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