David Yetman Trail

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David Yetman Trail is a 12 mile moderately 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 best used from February until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

2 days ago

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...

hiking
26 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

9 months ago

Beautiful!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great trail!!

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Saw four mule deer

hiking
Friday, March 27, 2015

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


nice easy trail close to town

hiking
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

nice easy hike close to town good parking

grab it from eiither end

hiking
Sunday, July 22, 2012

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.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

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

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