Bigelow Trail

Buildings and Towers on Mount Bigelow. July 2013
Buildings and Towers on Mount Bigelow. July 2013
Left: The Junction of the Kellogg Mountain, Butterfly and Mount Bigelow Trails looking up the trail to Mount Bigelow. April 2014
Right: Buildings and Towers on Mount Bigelow. July 2013

Overview

Mount Bigelow – covered in towers and encircled by a dirt road – is not the most attractive destination in the Santa Catalina Mountains… But ignore the buildings and this short hike offers a nice short climb, trees, flowers (in the right season), connections to several other trails and several nice views!

Hike Stats

  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Hiking Distance: 1.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 600'
  • Elevation Loss: 600'
  • Highest Elevation: 8,535'
  • Lowest Elevation: 7,950'

Location

Drive

  • Driving Distance from Speedway Campbell: 33.4 miles
  • Driving Time from Speedway Campbell: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!)

Details

  • Fee: No
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Bikes: Yes

Bigelow Trail Elevation Profile

Bigelow Trail Elevation Profile

Driving Directions

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Bigelow Trailhead.

Quick version:

  • Drive East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
  • Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
  • Left on Catalina Highway (24 miles)
  • Signs will help you locate the trailhead on the up-mountain side of the highway.

Snow at the junction of the Kellogg Mountain, Butterfly and Bigelow Trails. December 2014
Snow at the junction of the Kellogg Mountain, Butterfly and Bigelow Trails. December 2014
Left: he Bigelow Trail winding thru the trees. September 2014
Right: Snow at the junction of the Kellogg Mountain, Butterfly and Bigelow Trails. December 2014

Sunset - near Mount Bigelow. July 2013Sunset - near Mount Bigelow. July 2013

Trail Notes

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

  • 0.0 miles, 7980′: Start at the Bigelow Trailhead. [Waypoint thbg]
  • The trail winds thru areas with older trees and more open areas touched by past fires as it climbs towards the ridge.
  • 0.6 miles, 8300′: Signed junction of the Butterfly Trail, Kellogg Trail and the Bigelow trail [Waypoint b-bg-kl]. Continue uphill to the west to climb to Mount Bigelow on the Butterfly Trail.
  • 0.7 miles, 8350′: Look for an unsigned junction and make a sharp right.
  • Pass a small side trail to an old campsite as the trail turns – reach the Bigelow Road at 0.85 miles, 8500′ [Waypoint b-bgr/]
  • Take a left on the Bigelow Road – pass the Mount Bigelow Butterfly Trailhead [Waypoint thbgb] and keep walking down the road.
  • 1.0 miles, 8470′: Across from the last building look for a trail leaving the road and heading south-east (this junction is unsigned) [Waypoint bg01].
  • 1.15 miles, 8350′: Arrive back at the unsigned junction where you took a sharp right on your way up. From here return back down to the Signed junction of the Butterfly Trail, Kellogg Trail and the Bigelow trail [Waypoint b-bg-kl] (1.3 miles) and then down the Bigelow Trail to the Bigelow Trailhead (1.9 miles).

Dayflower on the Bigelow Trail. September 2014Dayflower on the Bigelow Trail. September 2014

Glowing red lights on Mount Bigelow - from Incinerator Ridge. July 2013
Glowing red lights on Mount Bigelow - from Incinerator Ridge. July 2013
Left: Clouds behind Mount Bigelow - from Incinerator Ridge. July 2013
Right: Glowing red lights on Mount Bigelow - from Incinerator Ridge. July 2013

Pictures

2014 September Bigelow Trail

2013 July Incinerator Ridge, Kellogg Mountain Trail, Mount Bigelow

Update Notes

  • 2017/8/15 – HikeLemmon posts added to resources
  • 2017/7/30 – Srcset Image Update
  • 2015/3/19 – Initial version