David Yetman Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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David Yetman Trail is a 12 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

12.0 miles 1465 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding


wild flowers


no dogs

Fun hike to get out of the city This is a great hike that offers something pictures can't show: solitude. Named after David Yetman, Ph.D. (a research social scientist and host of "The Desert Speaks"), this hike gets you out of the city and into the southern peaks of the Tucson Mountain Range. The first section of the trail crosses a sandy creek bed many times as you make your way to the ruins of Bowen Ranch. Heading down the trail, you cross a saddle that begins a descent into a large valley. There is one notable "Y" in the trail, the cairns on the right side indicate the proper choice. Once you reach the southern-most part of the trail, you begin a climb west to another valley that sits at the base of Golden Gate Mountain. From here, stick to the wide trail and avoid small trails. The trail takes you over the saddle with Golden Gate Mountain on the left, then down to the other end of the Yetman Trail. You can have a friend pick you up to make it a 6 mile hike, or it's back the way you came.

8 days ago

5 months ago

7 months ago

Saw four mule deer

1 year ago

i always get lost on this one lots of crossing trails not marked

nice easy trail close to town

1 year ago

nice easy hike close to town good parking

grab it from eiither end

4 years ago

My son and took the trail all the way to the top. nice breeze and beautiful scenic view. good trail and keep ur eyes and ears peeled ull see some desert critters.

4 years ago

Didn't have time to finish this trail but it was a nice easy trail