Babad Do’ag Trail

Coming down thru the clouds - unusual weather on the Babad Do'ag Trail. August 2013Coming down thru the clouds - unusual weather on the Babad Do'ag Trail. August 2013

Overview

The Babad Do’ag Trail #705 is a restored route up MacDougal Ridge (named for the cactus I believe) that provides an interesting ramble thru the Saguaros, along a canyon and across a short grassy ridge with interesting views.

Hike Stats

  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Hiking Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,250'
  • Elevation Loss: 1,250'
  • Highest Elevation: 4,700'
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,550'

Location

Drive

  • Driving Distance from Speedway Campbell: 16.5 miles
  • Driving Time from Speedway Campbell: 35 Minutes
  • Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!)

Details

Downloadable PDF

Babad Do’ag Trail Elevation Profile

Babad Do’ag Trail Elevation Profile

Driving Directions

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Babad Do’ag Vista and Trailhead Parking.

Quick version:

  • Drive East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
  • Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
  • Left on Catalina Highway (7.1 miles)
  • Signs will help you find the turn into this area - the parking here serves both a nice vista with several informational signs and the Babad Do'ag Trail. Babad Do’ag Trail starts across the highway (on the down-moountain side) just up-mountain from the parking area - the start of the trail is marked with a sign.

City lights and clouds from a storm from the Babad Do'ag Trail. December 2014
City lights and clouds from a storm from the Babad Do'ag Trail. December 2014
Left: Sunset - looking down on the Babad Do'ag Trail from Point 5069 - Weather Top, Agua Caliente Hill and Mica Mountain in the distance. January 2016
Right: City lights and clouds from a storm from the Babad Do'ag Trail. December 2014

Trail Notes

The mileages and elevations below are approximate (don't expect the values below to match your GPS exactly).

  • 0.0 miles, 3550′: Start from the Babad Do’ag Vista and Trailhead Parking [Waypoint thbd], walk out of the parking area and up the highway – the trail leaves the highway a few hundred feet up the highway on the down-mountain side (marked by a small trail sign). [Waypoint BD01]
  • 0.15 miles, 3650′: As you continue along the trail avoid an old trail to the right – you may have to look carefully to find the trail especially after the monsoon rains when everything is green and growing. [Waypoint BD02]
  • The trail continues to climb towards Point 4780 and eventually begins to parallel the canyon to the west on the hillside below Point 4780.
  • 1.1 miles, 4250′: A nice vista close to the trail. [Waypoint BD03]
  • 1.9 miles, 4650′: At a well worn junction an unofficial route splits off to the right (this route can be used to reach Point 4780) while the Babad Do’ag trail continues to the left/north across a short ridge with great views. [Waypoint BD04]
  • 2.2 miles, 4700′: The end of the trail is marked by a sign. From here there a number of possible off-trail destinations but the simplest hike is to reverse your route back to the parking area. [Waypoint bdend]

Babad Do’ag is the Tohono O’odham name for the Santa Catalina Mountains – it means “Frog Mountain”.

The end of the Babad Do'ag Trail. February 2014The end of the Babad Do'ag Trail. February 2014

White-lined Sphinx Moth Catepillar - by headlamp on a cool summer evening. September 2014
White-lined Sphinx Moth Catepillar - by headlamp on a cool summer evening. September 2014
Left: Horse Lubber Grasshopper on an Ocotillo along the Babad Do'ag Trail. August 2013
Right: White-lined Sphinx Moth Catepillar - by headlamp on a cool summer evening. September 2014
Stars from the Babad Do'ag trail - looking towards Agua Caliente Hill and the Rincon Mountains. September 2014
Stars from the Babad Do'ag trail - looking towards Agua Caliente Hill and the Rincon Mountains. September 2014
Left: Looking down the Babad Do'ag Trail. February 2014
Right: Stars from the Babad Do'ag trail - looking towards Agua Caliente Hill and the Rincon Mountains. September 2014

Pictures

2016 January Babad Do’ag and Point 5069

2014 December Babad Do’ag Trail

2014 September Babad Do’ag Trail

2014 February Babad Do’ag Trail

2013 August Babad Do’ag

Update Notes

  • 2017/8/15 – HikeLemmon posts added to Resources
  • 2017/7/29 – Srcset image update
  • 2016/1/23 – Fixed broken images, added new flickr photo sets, updated GPX, small text updates, picture updates, fixed link typo to Summit Hut Blog
  • 2014/11/3 – Added name note, PDF Map and description, small GPX name changes
  • 2014/9/23 – Tweaked GPX and added downloadable PDF Trail Map
  • 2014/9/13 – Added additional pictures (+rearrange and format)
  • 2014/7/18 – Format Update
  • 2014/3/20 – Updated waypoint data on map and in page
  • 2014/3/17 – Added Pictures
  • 2014/3/16 – First raw version