Fun hike to get out of the city

Near: Tucson, AZ

Distance: 12 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1473 ft

Hike Time: 6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Condition: Well maintained trail

Hike Type: Out and Back

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.

Trailhead

From Speedway and Campbell drive 7.1 miles west on speedway past I-10 to where Speedway intersects with Camino de Oeste. Turn left (south) on Camino de Oeste. Follow Camino de Oeste south as it turns into a dirt road then dead-ends at the trailhead parking lot. (Lat:32.22626 Lon:-111.06265)