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Babad Do'ag, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,600 feet
Elevation Gain 1,160 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,430 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.85
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Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 387
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Trips 3,137 map ( 20,367 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:35am - 7:24pm
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🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
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Kino's Speculation
by fricknaley

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In my quest for shorter trails to rehab my hamstring on, I came across the Babad Do'ag trail off the Catalina Highway. This low-mid elevation hike is nice, with some quality views along the way, and it's tough enough to break a sweat on a cool, windy day. Babad Do'ag is Tohono O'odham for "Frog Mountain" by the way.

Walk right/uphill out of the vista pullout and follow the road for a couple hundred feet. A small signpost across the road marks the trail beginning. The trail initially scrambles up and away from the winding Catalina Highway. As you climb to your right, lovely views of the Rincons and Agua Caliente Hill increase. After climbing for a short while, the trail kind of levels out across a broad plateau and starts to head west. There are great views of the Rincons now.

After the short west scramble, the trail starts climbing north again. On your left comes a large, wide canyon that you generally parallel the rest of the way. The views are interesting here, as the mountains are wide open and covered in tall grass. This is a cool part of the Catalinas that I've seen here on other trails but not noticed much anywhere else. The trail climbs through this section, and the peaks and ridges to the right and north become more interesting. Near the end, the trail winds west along a ridge, and expansive views fall away in all directions. The trail terminates atop a hill along the ridge at a small sign. This is an excellent spot to hang out for a while and take in the fabulous scenery.

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2005-11-20 fricknaley
    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 $$
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    2021 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

    2021 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    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
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