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Bobcat Ridge and Starr Pass Trail Loop

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Tucson Mountain Park

Bobcat Ridge and Starr Pass Trail Loop is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 715 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

Rocky

No shade

No dogs

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Solid hike with steep and rocky sections on Bobcat Ridge. Great views of Tucson Estates and SW to Kitt Peak and the Golden Gate. E views of Starr Pass and Tucson. Bring some eats and dangle your feet over some big drops while soaking in the views. (Seriously, don't dangle anything but your camera over a steep drop.)

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Reviews (85)
Photos (109)
Recordings (85)
Completed (93)
Michael Ariz
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HikingNo shade

Hiked counterclockwise so that the first mile was steep and challenging in loose rock (but more favorable than being tired and trying to descend loose rock on a steep incline). The views are great of both the southwest side of the city and downtown/campus. The next mile was the best, along the top of the ridge with dramatic drops and clear mostly flat trail nestled among golden cholla. We saw an antelope running and then it stopped to mirror us. It was a good ten degrees cooler atop too. The third mike was a nice descent into the inner canyon past the old Camaro and into the pristine mountain side filled saguaro fields. Just stunning. Though the heat was intense and the ground was broken large rocks. The last mile wrapped around the mountain back to the trailhead on the southwest side. The trail at this point changes to go over the dusty flat dirt bike loop. It was still gorgeous but because we chose a late afternoon summer hike it was absolutely brutal - 104 and blazing western sun. We had plenty of water but still felt questionable in the extreme heat. Gorgeous hike. Can’t wait to do again in nicer weather.

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Joshua Schwab
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Hiking

Excellent views. Hiked it early morning with my 6 year old son. Hiking shoes are definitely a good idea on this one. We hiked it counter clockwise to take advantage of the early morning shade. It was a gradual climb and epic views. The only hard part was the end. Either ya go up the steeper rock face first (clockwise) and gradual decent the rest of the trail or hike a gradual ascent and then down the steeper part at the end. The steepest part of the trail is short so don’t panic. Hiking along the ridge is so beautiful. Lots of cliff edges to walk out on with an epic view or stop for a snack. Don’t forget to sign your name at the top. Metal box under some rocks at the highest point. Enjoy!

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Eric Sipe
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Hiking

Fun hike. The trail is not marked so you’ll need your map out. Good views from the top, not quite as pretty as other hikes in the area but still worth doing. Took me about 2 hours and my gps read just a bit under 4 miles.

Johnny Ramirez
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I originally went on this trail thinking I could bike, but I quickly realized 3/4 of it was serious hills. Great trail for a hike but not at all for mountain biking

Jessica Mendibles
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Joshua Franklin
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HikingNo shade

Really great hike!

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Lexi Reyes
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Nice views, a little rough for the pups in the mid-morning/afternoon

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Malissa Ellis Martin
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Lots of Cholla so watch your step. I used the all trails gps to make sure I stayed on trail because there are several areas that split up.

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Felix Slette
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Bit of a scrabble in places but a fun hike giving some cardio and Beautiful views

Morgan Todd
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Tim True
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Hiking

Good solitude with respect to time away from people, except I never really escaped the sounds of the city. I hiked north on the flats then turned and ascended the ridge heading southward: I followed the route clockwise. The descent from the ridge this way is steep and slippery. Next time I will follow a counterclockwise route--less likely to slip, twist an ankle, etc. Good views from the top of the ridge. Took less than two hours; drank one liter of water; temp was in the 60s.

Brian Polhill
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Hiking

Trail is not supported by state park so is a little rough but very enjoyable. You have to watch your app map as there are no signs. I missed the turn the first time.

Stephanie Chadderton- Montgomery
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I had a hard time trying to figure out how far the loop was (I was on a time restraint) but I loved the scenery and hike itself. Trails are very well marked.

Rob Ameln
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Hiking

The area is beautiful. However I am giving AllTrails a “1” on this as they missed the boat. There is currently no Bobcat Ridge Trail. If there was in the past, it has been blocked off for travel. A 4.1 mile loop does not exist. We did however follow signs to get a loop trail hike in this morning (trails are well marked). Started at Sarasota TH. Took Sarasota Trail to Explorer Trail to Little Cat Trail to Yetman Trail and back again to Sarasota Trail and back to TH. 6.17 miles. EC of 561 feet. Beautiful area. 100’s of saguaros. Overwhelming. Trails in good shape. Just follow the signs.

Douglas Free
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Katie Peterson
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Hiking

Trail names did not align with AllTrails maps. Yetman Trail was consistent but most had different names. However, trail signage was excellent.

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Hollie Richardson
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Hiking

It’s a great trail to get the heart pumping and work the legs. A lot of uphill but a beautiful hike.

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John Hannaford
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HikingRocky
First to Review

Good medium trail with steep parts on the Bobcat Ridge portion. Easier walking on the Sarasota Trail Portion. Great views over Tucson Estates to the SW and back to Tucson to the E.

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Sarah Medley
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Austin Poe
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Hiking
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M Papo
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Hiking
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Sheila Taylor
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Hiking
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Cosmos C. Yeh
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Toshiaki Sawada
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Hiking
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Kaden Lamarr Sailors
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Mountain biking
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Sheila Taylor
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Lauren Elizabeth
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