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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
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Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:08am - 6:26pm
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by fricknaley

Bob-ott Doe-awk

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 nice 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 really noticed 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 a nice spot to hang out for a while and take in the great scenery.

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2005-11-20 fricknaley
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Been a while since i served up a tucson daily double so today seemed like a good day to revisit some shorter local friends i haven't hiked in a while

Babad Do'ag is a bit overgrown with grasses right now, though the tread is so good it's still very easy to follow. just tears the legs up a little if you're wearing shorts.

the upper part of the trail crossing over the drainage headwaters is very nice
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Enjoyed the trail - love the short little section of ridge over to the end of trail sign! Couldn't see any water in the canyon from the trail... On the way back I made time to hike the obvious spur up to Point 4780 - pretty spot.

Babad Do'ag
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A quick outing with my good friend Sirena on a Friday afternoon. We parked at the Babad Do'ag vista, crossed the highway and traced back to the drainage just down the road. This is a peach of a drainage, with lots of huge boulders and beautiful rock walls. We scrambled up at what felt like a glacial pace having so much fun that it didn't matter one bit. As this was Sirena's delayed birthday hike with me, I had brought a special treat: hot coco to enjoy with some cookies trailside. The description by Imike is right on target...

The large waterfall at the top of the hike is a beauty - but I can't even imagine the kind of water that would be necessary to get it really going. From the small pools we saw in the canyon below, I think that ascending this way would be quite difficult with that kind of flow. The trail, however, is also quite lovely and ends just past the waterfall.

I think if you were going to keep traveling off-trail up and loop down with Soldier (as we were contemplating for another trip), it might be easiest to pull out of Babad Do'ag before the basin and head over the pass before the big waterfall to avoid having to climb the last bit on the trail.

I brought my camera, but alas the memory card was still in my computer at home. Sigh.

Saw the first poppies on the hillsides next to the trail
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I felt good enough after the Catalina SP to Mount Lemmon hike the day before, and this was something I liked due to the name, so I did it. A little odd that it ends where it does, but scenery is good throughout. Hot for me, but it felt good. Started around 1010 and got back just before noon. I drank 2 liters on the hike. Super dry, and the oaks look like they're barely alive.

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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.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

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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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