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Soldier Trail Babad Do'ag Loop, AZ
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Soldier Trail Babad Do'ag Loop, AZ 
Soldier Trail Babad Do'ag Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2013
markthurman53
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,323 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.63 mph
2,323 ft AEG      50 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The Soldier and Babad Do'ag trails were just trails I passed on the many times I went up to Mount Lemmon to more interesting places. I finally decided check out these trails but they weren't long enough on their own so I combined a few. Soldier Trail with a short Spur trail to Bug Springs Trail and then the babad Do'ag Trail from the Soldier Trail via a little cross country route. I started really early in the morning since this was August and no place to be in the summer. The Soldier Trail starts out really really steep for about 1.3 miles then levels out for a bit before a more normal short climb. After 2.6 miles the trail ends at Gordon Hirabayashi Camp. Interesting place with history, the reason Soldier trail is here, Sycamore Reservoir and Dam, along with a lot of other structures in the area. From here I took a short spur trail to Bug Spring Trail Head at the Catalina Highway. I will head back the way I came except, I will take a route to Babad Do'ag Trail from Soldier trail across a saddle to the east of the trail (About .4 miles from Gordon Hirabayasi Camp). The Trail end for Babad Do'ag consists of a sign that says "End of Trail" nothing else here kind of a non descriptive place. There is a view toward Tucson but I wouldn't hike the 3.5 miles just for the view, there must be more here I just wasn't seeing it. On the route back there are some views down into Molino Canyon along the Catalina Highway and also what would be a water fall if there was water, called Babad Do'ag Falls. While I thought this last part of the hike was a little mundane I have to remember what I go hiking for, to see new places and enjoy the outdoors. I Did see views of Molino Canyon I have never seen before and now as I zip by these two trails along the Catalina Highway I won't have to say "I wonder what' up there".
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