Yetman Trail

Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona

Elevation Gain1,656ft
Trailhead Elevation2,693ft
Elevation Min/Max2692/3184ft
Elevation Start/End2693/2693ft

Yetman Trail

Yetman Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Tucson Mountain Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 2,693 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,656 feet. The Camino De Oeste Trailhead parking and the G3/ David Yetman West Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Golden Gate Trail.

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A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"The David Yetman Trail passes through varied Sonoran Desert terrain at the southern end of the Tucson Mountains in Tucson Mountain Park. It can be done as an out-and-back hike or one-way with a car shuttle. This hike can be done as an out-and-back or as a one-way hike with a car shuttle by dropping a second vehicle at Yetman Trailhead (East). Starting from the west trailhead, the David Yetman Trail heads southeast toward a pass. At the pass the Golden Gate Trail merges from the right; stay left and follow the Yetman Trail down to the flats at the base of Golden Gate Mountain. Here the Yetman Link Trail forks right; stay left on the Yetman Trail and follow it east. Special Considerations: During the hot summer months, plan to hike early in the day and carry plenty of water."
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike through Tucson Mountain Regional Park, 6.7 miles one way. This trail makes a long semiloop into the heart of Tucson Mountain Park. From the Gates Pass Trailhead, the track climbs gently southeast toward the low saddle behind Golden Gate Mountain. Jagged peaks rise all around, their reddish beds of volcanic rhyolite reaching to craggy heights above older and more crumbly beds of metamorphic stone. The low country is vegetated in a rich bajada community that features saguaro and cholla cacti, ocotillo, and palo verde."

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Very enjoyable, easy trail with lush vegetation including abundant sahuaros, many fluffy teddy bear cholla and, today at least, fields of poppies. We were doing the one-way car shuttle from the Gates Pass trailhead to the Camino de Oeste trailhead and managed to stay on the correct trail until we got to the 4 way intersection where a sharp left is required and we mistakenly went straight. An important sign had been torn down. We ended up on the golf course at Starr Pass Resort. After wandering around the resort for awhile, we realized we had to wend our way back to that 4-way, which we eventually did. A friendly cyclist pointed us in the right direction and explained the landmarks we would encounter, such as the Stonehouse, and a fork that could take us back to that much dreaded golf course. We forked left as required and ended up, as desired on Camino de Oeste. I'm confident I could easily make the correct turns on any subsequent trips and would recommend this as a great hike to combine with a visit to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

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Trail Information

Tucson Mountain Park
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Tucson Mountain Park
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Tucson Mountain Regional Park map (available at Saguaro National Monument’s Red Hills Visitor Center)
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