kpg G. on Babat Duag Trail
I would not call this trail difficult. The elevation gain is very spread out. However, in September the grasses were tall and the path was hard to see. I got lost once and spent 20 minutes scrambling up boulders. Fortunately, there was service, so GPS came to the rescue! It was decent exercise, but very hard to keep up heart rate on the way down. As mentioned, the trail is narrow and borders a cliff at times.
It was a beautiful hike, lots of wildflowers blooming. The meadow at the top was gorgeous.
Shawn M. on Babat Duag Trail
It is a good trail. Wonderful top section that overlooks the city. A must do for Mt Lemon visitors.
Beautiful hike, short but a nice climb. Would be absolutely breathtaking for an afternoon hike, especially as you hike the ridge line and have amazing views on either side!! The only downside was that the trail was very very poorly maintained. Very over grown and 90% of the time I could not see where I was placing my feet- definitely dangerous as at some points the trail borders a small cliff and one misstep could lead to a potentially bad fall. I also got lost a few times, so that was stressful as well.
Hiked it early morning, mid September. Beautiful wild flowers and lots of green grass. Beautiful views!
A long climbing trail.Tasty wolfberries on this trail. At the end there's an occasionally flowing waterfall and a good spring wildflower spot for poppies and mariposas just before it. Even the rarely spotted Bigelow Ragged Rock Flower and nasty Wait-a-minute Bush. Trail is above the saguaros. Almost no shade.
Nice hike! Not too strenuous and nice view except for the cars. Big down side was the end of the trail. Halfway up a hill it says it's over. Not as satisfying as getting to the top of something. We went off trail to explore and made it to the top of a neighboring hill which was nice.
Dave . on Agua Caliente Warm Spring Trail
04-07-12: This was my first time on this trail. We loved it!! It had a lot of elevation changes which made it unique and apart from your typical straight up and down trail. We left a 6:00 a.m. and took our time. By early afternoon the heat was getting a little rough. Nevertheless, the summit was perfect. A beautiful breeze and comfortable tempature. I was surprised in that we did not see a single hiker on this trail the entire time we were on it!! Looks like everyone hangs out at Sabino :) This is a hike well worth your time. Finally, you have to read the notes in the jar at the summit. Some are quite funny!!!
Warren I. on Agua Caliente Warm Spring Trail
I live in the neighborhood of this trail, and have climbed it several times. The trailhead is at the end of Fort Lowell road as described. There is NO warm spring (or any other water) on this trail other than a man-made cattle pond about a quarter of the way on the trail (not potable). The trail has both up and down sections, and the last 1.5 miles beyond a large saddle is rugged and steep. The footing is often treacherous due to the unstable rocks and scree, aggravated by horse travel. Our GPS showed an elevation gain of 2,835 feet over the 4.5 miles route. Not recommended in the summer --TOO HOT!
Pjmacaz U. on Agua Caliente Warm Spring Trail
Ha. if you are confused about directions, this trail is being confused by some with La Milagrosa Ridge trail Or La Milagrosa Aqua Caliente Check your maps and know your destination. La Milagrosa has less known and less traveled off shoots and less marked. Which i took to get to the falls, our intentional destination (I did not hike either of these trails but took an off shoot of LM ) I noticed in the reviews confusion. The ridge line trail is well known.. I discovered the confusion as I rechecked my leads map reading and then reread the reviews of the trails. Hopefully i will travel the full length of both trails and return with a review worth reading.