Babat Duag Trail is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from September until May.
Nice climb and ridge walk to commanding views I didn't know how amazing this hike could be until I hiked it with winter's snow runoff filling the canyons around me. The trail can be hiked Fall and Spring as well but this was the best experience I've ever had on this trail. The trailhead starts about 100 feet up the road from the parking lot. The trail becomes non-obvious after 50 feet or so as you climb up slick rock. I've placed a handful of new rock cairns to aid in navigation. Once up the slick rock, the trail is well defined the rest of the way. Great 290 degree views as you come to a saddle then walk a ridge to the terminus of the 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.
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.
Lots of climbing but worth it for the gorgeous views. Took us just under 2 hours.
nice morning hike... meandering trail. nice views!
trail starts out fairly aggressive with loose stones but levels off nicely.Great veiws of Tucson.Took about 3 hours to complete.