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Jul 03 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
555 ft AEG
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Started just before sunset at Camino de Oeste trailhead. Went south on Yetman, east on Bowen, up and around on Hidden Valley past Starr Pass resort, then back on Bowen and Yetman for a lasso loop. Saw a couple of deer and probably 10 others hiking. Missing my nightly rattlesnake hikes at Catalina State Park.
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Jun 19 2020
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2020
PrestonSands
Hiking4.25 Miles 537 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.19 mph
537 ft AEG
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After work workout hike from the trailhead on Camino de Oeste. Started on Yetman, then up Bowen, past Starr Pass resort, up Hidden Canyon, then back on Bowen and Yetman. Saguaro fruit was ripe and falling all over the trails. Saw a few others out hiking, but not too crowded. Saw some nice new trail network map signs at the junctions. North end of Yetman looks to have had a very slight re-routing recently (maybe to avoid crossing private property). Essentially the same route as it used to be though. Very thankful to have the Tucson Mountains to hike in since the Catalinas are completely closed off right now due to the Bighorn Fire.
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Nov 24 2019
astrobrewer
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 Joined Mar 14 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Bowen Trail - TMPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking4.26 Miles 556 AEG
Hiking4.26 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   2.24 mph
556 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Hiked the Bowen Trail to the Bowen Stone House, then took the Hidden Canyon Trail loop on the way back. Tucson Mountain Park is really beautiful. That's all I can say.
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Jan 11 2019
markthurman53
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Yetman Trail Loop, AZ 
Yetman Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2019
markthurman53
Hiking18.80 Miles 2,479 AEG
Hiking18.80 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   2.91 mph
2,479 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Another hike close to home, this time in the Tucson Mountain Park. I linked together a bunch of trails to form a loop. This is more of a Yetman Trail Meander than a loop. Got a late start (9:00) and hit the Yetman, Bowen, Hidden Canyon and Rock Wren Trails. Finished right at sunset. These are fairly easy trails used by both hikers and mountain bikers. On this trip I also ran into two archery hunters (deer season). The first archery hunter pointed out a buck and 4 doe way upon the slopes of Golden Gate Peak that he originally spotted with his binoculars. There were lots of other hikers, especially when you get close to some of the trail heads. On the Hidden Canyon trail which is probably the rockiest with a bit of elevation gain I ran into a young lady with her grand kids or great grand kids, she was 83 years old. Quite an accomplishment. Probably was staying at the Star Pass Resort. Toward the end of the day there were lots of mountain bikers on the Rock Wren Trail. Views from the trail aren't spectacular due to the low elevation and the fact that there was early morning fog in the lower valleys of Tucson and the haze never really burnt off completely. With the condition of the trails I was able to average 3 MPH moving on this trip, Of coarse this pace has a toll on the knees. Nothing serious but at the end of the day the knees weren't happy. The annoying part of hiking in this area is the constant sound of the commercial airlines flying overhead. An interesting observation was the chirping sound that the military jets made as they passed over. At first I thought it was someone making that sound but then I noticed it only occurred when the military aircraft were overhead. Not a continuous sound just one burst. I'm going to have to do a little research on this, probably is some kind of sonar device for altitude maybe. Also got to get a closer view of Cat Mountain that I want to hike, not sure if I want to hike across that ridge the north side looks more like a rock climb.

Not sure this will be a destination for me to do future hiking other than to hit a few more trails that I haven't been on. Seems to me to be just a little bubble of openness in an ocean of development. Nice area for day hiking if you live in the area and want to get out for a little exercise. Nice place to visit at sunset if the conditions are right.
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Dec 09 2018
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Yetman TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 09 2018
fricknaley
Run/Jog18.42 Miles 2,211 AEG
Run/Jog18.42 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   4.76 mph
2,211 ft AEG      20 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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wanted a little change of scenery so headed out to tucson mountain park. i like this area, it has a pretty different feel than the nearby saguaro national park. i was surprised to see the confusing mishmash of numerous unmarked trails all over the place now beautifully signed! that will have me coming back sooner for more roaming around. never had the patience to mess with satellite view mapping them all out

perfect day and i saw quite a few people. about 50/50 bikers and hikers.

another long run after a rough night at work. definitely not my favorite. but hey...gotta do whatcha gotta do :zzz:

lot of down time today studying signs and routes and just generally suffering :lol:
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Feb 03 2018
rwstorm
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72 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Starr Pass Resort Trails, AZ 
Starr Pass Resort Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
rwstorm
Hiking4.83 Miles 584 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   1.87 mph
584 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to hike the trails that have their trailhead directly across the street from the main Starr Pass Resort buildings. These are the Hidden Canyon and Bowen Trails, neither of which I had been on before. Went in on the Hidden Canyon Trail and finished on the Bowen. When I got to the junction with the Bowen, I headed over to do a little hiking on the Yetman (down to the Bowen Stone House) before returning to the resort. Pleasant desert hiking with some decent views at times. :)
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Feb 03 2018
rwstorm
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72 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Bowen Homestead, AZ 
Bowen Homestead, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
rwstorm
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A stop at the 1930's Bowen Homestead along the Yetman Trail. It is a great place to take a break on a hike in the area.
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Jan 21 2017
AZHiker456
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 Joined Nov 07 2015
 
Bren Second Ridge & the Bowen House, AZ 
Bren Second Ridge & the Bowen House, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2017
AZHiker456
Hiking12.02 Miles 2,933 AEG
Hiking12.02 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   1.89 mph
2,933 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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I needed to go to either Sierra Vista or Tucson on personal biz, after which I was planning to hike. A quick glance out the window at the Huachucas [which were engulfed all the way down to about 5,500-6,000’ in dark grey clouds] made my decision an easy one. En route to Tucson, I watched the Santa Ritas, Whetstones, Rincons, and Catalinas taking quite a beating... but the Empire Mountains [which top out just below the 5,600’ mark], had no cloud cover, so I figured I’d be good to good with the Tucson Mountains.

The original plan to was to knock off both Bren and Golden Gate. I started with Bren and had an absolute blast. After the viral infection that wreaked havoc on my equilibrium last Summer, it wasn’t a happy few months driving by mountains like Bren and Golden Gate and looking up at the summits with fear instead of with excitement. My equilibrium is still not 100% but I feel very fortunate to have recovered enough that I found Bren to be fun and easy and I can now look up at Golden Gate with excitement instead of fear.

Just like the other summits I’ve done in the Tucson Mountains, the views from Bren were absolutely beautiful, [as were the views throughout my Tucson Mountain adventure today]. I couldn’t be sure which area on the summit was the highpoint, so I hit up all areas in question. The area with the triangle on CalTopo had a summit log by the highpoint area, but log definitely did not look official. It consisted of a single sheet of paper within a small, bent Pringle’s container. The prominent point to the SE of the one represented by the triangle on CalTopo appeared to be slightly higher; but I was not able to find a log on that area of the summit. I also did not find any survey markers, although I didn’t devote much time to looking...

…with very strong wind gusts, the summit was rather chilly. I was also short on time, given that I wanted to log at least 10 miles while spending the least amount of time on the trails as possible. Given how cold it was on Bren – and that I’d likely be finishing up in the dark OR on a treadmill if I decided to go for Golden Gate as well, I decided forgo Golden Gate and hit up the nearby Bowen House. I consulted good old Route Scout Topo which has saved me on many a hike and immediately came up with a very fitting plan: I’d head SE off Bren, hit up UN 3339, and then hop on the sweet looking ridge that runs NW – SE, located just to the South of UN 3339. From atop UN 3339, I spotted what looked like a full out trail leading up to this ridge; and sure enough, then entire ridgeline was routed to the point where it felt like a full out trail… so much so that I actually departed from the route in several places in order to get more of a thrill.

In addition to being loads of fun and very fast for off-trail thanks to being extremely well routed, the views along the ridgeline were sensational; and, to top things off, my spur of the moment decision to incorporate this ridgeline led to an ‘accidental summit bag’ of what is unofficially called “Second Ridge”. As I’m made my way along the ridgeline and approached one of the prominent points I noticed an ammo box nestled by a rock pile on the highpoint area. Both the ammo box & log inside were placed in January of 2009 by a party of 4 (Dena, George, Suzanne, & Vince). One of the messages in the log also indicated that there is also a “First Ridge” and a “Round Top” [I’m guessing somewhere in the Tucson Mountains as well]. I couldn’t believe just how many folks had signed the log. There were so many sign-ins that I actually didn’t have the time to read through them all. One person wrote, “Stung by a bee in the face but kept going. Fun hike.”

Speaking of the little darlings, I think today’s bee encounter, [amidst crazy strong wind gusts], was almost as surprising if not more so that finding the ammo box / log on Second Ridge. I was at the end of the main part of the ridge and about to make my descent when I stepped on a huge boulder to get some final views from atop the ridge. On the boulder was a small, shallow indentation that had some water; and by the small “puddle” of water, [that probably did not even come to 1/4 of a liter], was a bee. I guess an off-trail experience is not complete without a bee encounter. At least this one proved to be a rare but pleasant encounter where my presence did not piss off the bee for once.

Last up was the Bowen House, which is really neat. I’d read about it a while back and it’s been on the ‘to hike’ list for awhile now, so it was very nice to finally see. I then went back by way of the Yetman Trail. There were a few times where I gave in to off-trail temptations and scrambled up some very small peaks/molehill types of things. Some of the bigger peaks looked very tempting, but I was starting to get tired by this point and short on daylight, given the distance I needed to cover to get back to my vehicle. At the end, there is a very nice route that leads from the parking area located to the NW of Bren back over to the parking area in front of Bushmaster, [which is where I had parked]. This shortcut bypasses having to hike on the very busy Gates Pass Road.

All in all, it was another super adventure in the Tucson Mountains, which never disappoint… and a nice break from some of the cliffing-hanging off-trail adventures I’ve been up to lately. The three biggest challenges I encountered where:

1. Not getting run over by motor vehicles while crossing Gates Pass Road
2. Not getting run over by bicyclists on the Yetman Trail
3. Getting back on time [for once] when using my mom as contact person
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Jan 20 2014
wha
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 Joined Feb 10 2012
 Arizona
Bowen Trail - TMPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2014
wha
Hiking8.24 Miles 1,499 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.58 mph
1,499 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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Started out on the Yetman Trail from Camino de Oeste with plans to hike the Bowen Trail. It was going so quickly I decided to make it into a lasso loop. At the end of Bowen I walked Starr Pass Blvd and hooked up with Hidden Canyon Trail for the return. When I got back to Yetman I still had a lot of time, so I went south for a ways and then climbed an unnamed peak before returning to C.d Oeste TH.
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Apr 12 2013
Charger55
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41 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Hidden Canyon - Tucson Mtn ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2013
Charger55
Hiking3.50 Miles 451 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.33 mph
451 ft AEG
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Dropkick Murphys were doing a show in Tucson. It was the only Arizona show on their world tour so I took the day off and headed south. The weather was great, cloudy with a gentle breeze. I wanted to do some hiking before the show, but nothing that would wear me out. This one fit the bill perfectly. I went out and back to the Bowen Stone House, which is a really special place. Despite perfect weather on a Friday afternoon, no one was out there. I saw more deer than people.
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Aug 24 2011
GrottoGirl
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45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Hidden Canyon - Tucson Mtn ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking5.49 Miles 1,126 AEG
Hiking5.49 Miles
1,126 ft AEG
 
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Went for a stroll with the boys early this morning. I littered along the trail (i.e. lost my sunglasses). I tried to find them on the way back to the car but had no luck. All I found was a cigarette - which I did pick up and carry out. :( $15 reward for anyone who finds my sunglasses and returns them.
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Dec 15 2010
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Hidden Canyon - Tucson Mtn ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2010
fricknaley
Hiking4.25 Miles 515 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour      4.25 mph
515 ft AEG
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Quick hike after work. took the hidden canyon trail out to bowen junction. took that out to the yetman trail and visited the old stone house at sunset. came back on the bowen. very nice area once you get away from the city views, i was quite surprised. gorgeous sunset definitely helped. nice little after work loop.
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Nov 15 2010
keepmoving
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Hidden Canyon - Tucson Mtn ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2010
keepmoving
Hiking2.70 Miles 451 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles      48 Mns   3.38 mph
451 ft AEG
 
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Second time hiking this trail. Great location for a quick morning hike!
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Feb 12 2009
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80 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Bowen Trail - TMPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2009
leadhiker
Hiking4.29 Miles 519 AEG
Hiking4.29 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.34 mph
519 ft AEG
 
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Today I parked on the service drive of the Star Pass Resort about 0.25 miles before the Bowen TH and walked the road to the TH. A little cool starting out but quickly warmed up. Made it to the Old Stone House in 35 minutes and took a short break before heading back. I decided to try the Hidden Canyon Trail on the way back. This trail turns off from the Bowen Trail 0.33 miles west of the Bowen TH and switchbacks up the hill to the north to just west of point 3193. The trail then turns east and drops into a canyon that comes out back by the resort. The trailhead for the 'Hidden Canyon Trail' is hidden behind a wall near the 'Spa' at the resort. It's was fairly close to where I parked today. GPS at Hidden Canyon TH 33 13.014N 111 2.997W
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