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I don't mind the sights and sounds of the nearby city. Beautiful views that change a lot through the course of the hike. Lots of saguaro including young saguaro. Great views of downtown Tucson.

nice quick hike.

I’ve been doing this trail for 10 years never disappoints. Easy and great to take friends on.

Loved it here. Even in 95 degree weather

great for a quick hike to get out, relax, and forget the stress of the city.

Nice hike but trail is not great. I spent most of my time looking down so as not to slip on all the loose rock and dirt so I missed much of the beauty of the area. Did see a small herd of mule deer close to the end of the trail though.

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4 months ago

Fun trail. Lots of saguaro but trail is not prickly. Fun Bowen house at end of the trail.

Great short trail. It may be easy for 20 to 40 year olds , but a little challenging for a 62 year old fart.

Parking nightmare! Great if u stay at the Marriott. Otherwise plan to pay $15
StarrPass Trail is better option.

5 months ago

Fun trail, you have to park on the street behind the starr pass resort. I was confused because I thought the Bowen house would be at the end of Bowen trail, but really you have to swing a left onto yetman and follow that for 15 minutes or so to reach the house. The house is super cool and worth a visit!

Great winter hike. Close to town and short. Amazing saguaros in the hidden canyon!

Too easy. Could see the toad and cars from the trail. Prefer trails where I don’t see any houses or cars. Won’t be doing this one again.

Beautiful, well marked, can see a crested Saguaro.

I enjoyed this hike! The trail is both well-marked and well-maintained. The trailhead is hidden a bit, but once you find it (look for the break in the fence), you’re good to go. Views are gorgeous! Watch for the crested cactus.

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7 months ago

Today was the 3rd time I’ve hiked to the Bowen Stone House, and I am going again tomorrow. Park behind the Starr Pass Marriott. The trailhead is on the NW side of the resort. This trail is the most direct route to the stone house. Follow Bowen to Yetman, and keep to the left at each junction or wash. Keep to right on your way back.

A beautiful short hike. Emphasis on short. It’s quite brief but would make for a wonderful lunch break for anyone who works on the west side.

Very scenic and easy to hike

The Bittersweet Trail is an entrance to a complicated (but well signed) network of trails, or an out-and-back. It’s lovely though you can see streets & bear city noises much of the route.

quick trail for morning cardio

9 months ago

I walked to the dry creek and then left to the Bowen cabin (or haunted cabin as the hotel staff call it). The Yetman trail portion to the house was a little confusing because it runs along and into the creek. Stay to the left. this was an exerting hike at 2 pm even with the minimal elevation rise. I especially enjoyed the hike from the hotel to creek because of the wide open scenery.

We did this hike at 11am. Not the hottest point in a Tucson day, but plenty sizzle for a northwesterner. Lots of rocks, but beautiful. A good way to start if you haven't been hiking in a while.

Awesome hike in early morning. Good one to do if you haven't be out for a while.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

its chill..but didnt look like much of a canyon but it was neat anyway.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Lovely morning hike. The best route is to go counterclockwise. Keep bearing left and it is hard to wrong. Trail changes name a couple of times but left is the way to go. Look for the crested saguaro next to the trail on the inward leg.

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This was a very nice easy trail to get out and stretch the legs a little bit. There was a nice view of Tucson at one point.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Went with the kids for a morning hike. Quiet and beautiful area. There was some light traffic, probably from the guests at Starr Pass. We saw a small group of deer. The ocotillo and smaller barrel cactus were blooming. Might come back in a couple of weeks to see if the rest of the flowers are out yet.

lots of switchbacks and rocky in some areas. I didn't see any wildlife not even a lizard.

trail running
Thursday, March 16, 2017

The hike was an easy one person wide trail. I dealt with zero traffic on the hike so that was nice. I didn't think that the signs were very well marked which ended up cutting my loop short by about a mile. I ran the trail with my dog who surprisingly didn't catch any cactus. Watch your shins for cacti and use your AllTrails app to guide you and you should be in for a good hike.

I liked the trail a lot, but the signage stinks and I think is confusing.

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