Baby Jesus Ridge Petroglyphs and Loop Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 month ago

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked the entirety of this trail from the corral up to Sutherland. This is by far one of my favorite trails! It is absolutely beautiful and there's tons of wildlife if you come early in the morning. Do not do the loop! I did it yesterday and almost died out there LOL There is some serious bushwhacking to be done and you will get lost back there very easily if you're not running GPS the whole time. Take the advice on the other review down below

hiking
10 months ago

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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

This is a great hike--waterfall, pools, petroglyphs, and desert. It has it all.