Bog Springs–Kent Spring Loop

Green Valley, Arizona 85622

Bog Springs–Kent Spring Loop

Bog Springs–Kent Spring Loop Professional Guide

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"This loop takes you far from the desert and into thick and beautiful forests of sycamores, oaks, and pines. Th e Santa Rita Mountains are riddled with springs and streams that provide year-round moisture and support healthy woodlands.

You pass three springs on this trail, at least two of which should have water year-round, but carry drinking water as the spring water is not clean. The streams are somewhat more intermittent, but they’re gorgeous when they flow after snowmelt and after monsoon rains."

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Bruce Grubbs
"Starting from the Madera Trailhead in Madera Canyon, this loop ascends the Bog Springs Trail to Bog Springs, then traverses high on the west slopes of Mount Wrightson to reach Kent Spring. The descent follows the old Kent Spring Road and trail to rejoin the Bog Springs Trail a short distance from the trailhead. Highlights include close-up views of the steep upper slopes of Madera Canyon and scenic views of the canyon and Santa Cruz River Valley. Hike clockwise to avoid having to climb the steep Kent Spring Road."
100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
"Nestled among the high summits of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, Madera Canyon is one of the premier bird-watching areas in the country. In all, more than 200 species of birds have been spotted here, many of which are considered rare north of the Mexico border. A primary reason for the canyon’s attraction to birds is that it offers cool refuge from the desert heat in the summertime. Providing a wonderful introduction to the natural beauty of Madera Canyon is the hike to Bog and Kent springs. Unfortunately, the 23,000-acre Florida Fire devastated the upper reaches of this hike in July 2005."

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This trail has good & bad. First the good - Bog Springs Trailhead is easily accessible via paved road only 14 miles off of I-19 south of Tucson. Heading south, take Exit63 and go east. There are good signs showing the way. Next - you CAN BRING YOUR DOG!!! We took our husky. The trailhead at Bog Springs parking area heads up the hill with a steady climb - you gain nearly 3,000 feet from the parking area to Kent Spring. I do NOT recommend hiking the loop counterclockwise - more on this shortly. The trail sucks from the parking area to the Bog Springs fork - you're following a jeep trail through lowland scrub. Once you get to the fork, the trail gets really good. It's steep, definitely not for the wimps or out of shape. The canyon up to Bog Springs is simply stunning - shaded, cool, oaks & Ariz. Sycamores in abundance. You'll quickly forget you're in Arizona. The real ball busting starts from Bog Springs to Kent Spring - it's only 1.2 miles, but it's straight up. Oh my, is it steep. If you make it to Kent Spring, then comes the bad. At the Spring, which is nothing more than a tiny trough of stillwater full of mosquito larvae, you pick up a steep jeep trail again. It is so steep and slippery, that it's SO easy to turn an ankle. Be careful - the hike down from Kent Spring to the parking area is by far the most miserable, yet scenic, part of the trail. Afterwards, drive to Tucson's Barrio Brewery and have a cold IPA. Yum yum.
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I love this trail because it is one of the few shady trails in Arizona, and it has water - at least for part of the season. I recommend hiking the loop counter clockwise because you will be in the shade when you are doing most of the climbing.

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Green Valley
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1,820 feet
Elevation Gain
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3.75 hours
4,840 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,660 feet
Top Elevation
Coronado National Forest
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