Babad Do'ag  LbNA # 13556

OwnerKristal & Ron      
Placed DateFeb 23 2005
CountyPima
LocationTucson, AZ
Boxes1
Found Bynavywife727
Last UpdateJan 19 2014

Clues

Distance: .9 miles, one-way
Elevation gain: 500 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Stamp: Hand-carved

This trail goes up several rock drainages, so avoid trying this one when rain is in the forecast. It also passes through some desert grasslands that can be punctuated by gorgeous color in the spring. We placed this box in the month of February and saw at least 10 different wildflowers on our hike. When we checked on it in May, we saw a herd of 13 javalina! Bring your camera!

From Tucson, take the Catalina Highway northeast to where it connects to the Mt. Lemmon Highway. From there, go 2.6 miles up the mountain to the Babad Do’ag Vista. Park your vehicle and read the informational sign about the name Babad Do’ag. Don’t pause too long looking at the city – better views await you on the trail! Walk out of the parking lot and up the road about 100 feet to the trailhead on the left side of the road.

After almost a mile, you’ll find yourself walking next to a small rock cliff on your left-hand side. In front of it, the trail crosses a white rock slab as it jogs left around a huge, round yucca. Count 134 steps to where a ravine crosses the trail. There is a noticeably sandy spot here where water might pool and there is a large, 6-armed saguaro on your left and another with 3 stubby arms on your right. Now turn around and go back the way you came, about 34 steps. On your right, find an ocotillo and an Indian Fig (looks like a prickly pear with smaller needles and a tree-like trunk) growing out of the same place behind a rock. Standing next to them, turn south and take 4 steps off the trail. Standing at the edge of the drop-off, find a rectangular rock at your feet that is divided diagonally with orange and white. The box is tucked under the lip of this rock.

The trail continues on for another mile and up another 500 feet. It follows the canyon you might have seen earlier and ends up behind the peak of this mountain.