Baby Jesus Ridge Petroglyphs and Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
This little-known hike is a great one north of Tucson near the town of Catalina and north of Catalina State Park. Outstanding vistas and great selection of petroglyphs. You start near the 50-Year Trail and head south and then bushwhack about 2 miles until you intersect the Baby Jesus Ridge Trail that leads into Catalina State Park. Head north after you intersect the main trail at the waypoint I marked, and head back to your car.
This was a beautiful area, but be warned that about 1/3rd of this is not on a trail and requires serious bushwhacking and wading through unforgiving cacti. There are some river beds that are easier to get through, but we started on the baby Jesus ridge trail and once we got to the 'sutherland junction' the trail petered out, and didn't come back into the picture again until well after the petroglyphs. By the time we got to them we were pretty exhausted from the bushwhacking and were just anxious to get to a trail. Would recommend doing this from the start to the petroglyphs and back rather than as a loop.
This is a great hike--waterfall, pools, petroglyphs, and desert. It has it all.