David Yetman Trail is a 19.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 19.2 km Elevation Gain: 405 m Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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rocky
8 days ago

Beautiful hike. The walk up had a bit of shade but was gone quickly. Nothing too bad on the knees. Lot of loose rock but overall a pleasurable hike.

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23 days ago

Started at 6 am, which was too late to do the whole thing due to the heat, but passed plenty of others on way back that didn’t seem to mind. Really beautiful trail & an interesting historical house on the path. The path is mostly clearly marked but lots of little trails veer off.

rocky
4 months ago

This was a great hike and beautiful scenery!

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rocky
4 months ago

Gorgeous trail, make sure to bring plenty of water And a snack, it’s long trail but worth it. Mostly flat but rocky. Lots of mountain bikers also to look out for.

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4 months ago

Nice trail for all ages

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rocky
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Kinda boring, lots of mountain bikes

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5 months ago

recorded David Yetman Trail

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Fri May 10 2019

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rocky
Fri Mar 08 2019

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Sun Feb 24 2019

Easy to navigate. Lots of signage. We did trailhead to trailhead and back and it was long (12.6) and tough! Bring lots of water and some food!

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Tue Feb 12 2019

We enjoyed the scenery and the wildflowers that were starting to pop. The trail is easy to moderate but the signage could be improved. We hiked in and out ten miles.

Fri Dec 28 2018

Lovely enjoyable trek!

Tue Nov 20 2018

Great hike. Did the detour to the top of the peak for fabulous views.

Sat Jul 28 2018

Dogs are allowed.

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Sun Apr 01 2018

Great hike, well marked and the stone house was pretty cool

Fri Feb 23 2018

Lots of fun, Far enough away from the city but yet close enough. The old stone houses a sight to see. Trailhead and trails are clearly marked which is helpful...

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Mon Jan 29 2018

Yetman trail is pretty darn boring. Thank goodness we deviated off of the trail and headed up a peak just off the trail. Otherwise I would have really been disappointed

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Sat Jan 13 2018

Very nice trail it's an easy hike. The Historical house is interesting to see.

Sat Dec 23 2017

Enjoyable, long and mostly flat hike. We got mixed up on the trail a few times, so expect some snags if you’re new to it. We saw several mule deer on our return as the sun was beginning to set-rabbits too. Fun hike and would definitely do it again. Seems pretty ideal for running also.

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Fri Dec 22 2017

It's a nice hike! As others have mentioned, it is easy to get off trail in places due to multiple intersecting trails and mountain biking paths.

Sun Nov 19 2017

Lovely gentle scenery. If you're not good with route finding you may have trouble with this one.. there are so many small paths to choose from.

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Thu Nov 09 2017

Beautiful hike, but trail is not very well marked by signs. Fortunate to see several deer.

Thu Apr 27 2017

Beautiful!

Thu Feb 16 2017

Great trail!!

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Mon Apr 18 2016

Saw four mule deer

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Fri Mar 27 2015

i always get lost on this one lots of crossing trails not marked nice easy trail close to town

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