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Bass Canyon - Hot Springs Loop
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Bass Canyon - Hot Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking4.82 Miles 390 AEG
Hiking4.82 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.21 mph
390 ft AEG
 
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I continued on my recent theme of Sunday hikes in stream beds with shade. This one was pretty remote and a little more rugged. The drive out is a bit of an adventure, then finding a place to park is tricky. The parking area is 400 ft away from the designated I don't what you'd call it. The road doesn't end there, but there's a sign that says it gets worse.

I did the loop clockwise, opting to get the harder part out of the way first. Starting on Hot Springs Canyon, you just follow the stream bed. The recent rains seem to have compacted the sand so it was much easier to walk on. However, every map I've seen designates this as a 4WD road, which is doesn't appear to be. Maybe it is and the sand is always compacted, I don't know. There are lots of other designated trails marked with signs that seem to cross the stream bed. None of them looked easy to follow.

I missed the turnoff for Bass Canyon but didn't go to far before I discovered this. Bass Canyon starts off easy like Hot Springs, but soon gets choked with vegetation. I tried to get above it to follow the canyon up above, only to immediately cliff out and have to fight my way back in through new brush. Not long afterwards I found the actual trail that goes through this narrow canyon. But even then, it gets faint in spots and can be easy to lose.

Finally got on the dirt road and made it back to the trailhead. Not likely to try this one again or any of the other trails in this area. Too far of a drive and the scenery payoff isn't worth the work, although there are some nice spots. Interesting enough of an exploration to spend a Sunday morning on.
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