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 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: This hike is located in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona.
- Start/End: Babad Do’ag Vista and Trailhead Parking (Lower Highway Hikes)
- 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!)
- Fee: No
- Dogs: Yes
- Bikes: No (Pusch Ridge Wilderness)
- 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.
Right: City lights and clouds from a storm from the Babad Do'ag Trail. December 2014
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”.
Right: White-lined Sphinx Moth Catepillar - by headlamp on a cool summer evening. September 2014
- (Printed Map) Green Trails - Recreation Map - Santa Catalina Mountains.
- (Printed Map) Southern Arizona Hiking Club Maps
Right: Stars from the Babad Do'ag trail - looking towards Agua Caliente Hill and the Rincon Mountains. September 2014
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
- 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