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Golden Gates Trail and Ironwood Trail Loop

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Tucson Mountain Park

Golden Gates Trail and Ironwood Trail Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 633 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


An easy hike that first takes you up to the pass and then deposits you down upon the desert floor. The bulk of ascent and descent is at the start of the hike on trail that is a little rock-strewn but generally has good footing. While the obvious trail is the one to follow, a narrow (more like a aged worn out path) trail runs from the parking lot contouring across the slope through a wash (heading southwest from the parking lot) to the primary trail. If you take it on the return, you'll shave off a fair bit of climbing and probably close to a mile of walking.

Pretty trail but a lot of road noise from Gates Pass Road and the start had a lot of dog poop on the trail or next to the trail in bags. Some decent flowers and lots of nice cholla.

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