Summit Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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A day hike to the base of one of the most distinctive peaks in Arizona. This trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and climbs steadily to the base of Baboquivari Peak where the “standard” climbing route begins. The trail is easy to follow. Hikers will need to turn around here. Distinctive 7,734-foot Baboquivari Peak is a sacred place to the Tohono O’odham. The peak marks the center of the universe and the home of Elder Brother I’itoi, who taught the Tohono O’odham how to live in the desert. Many birds are attracted to the area, including the rare and unusual thick-billed kingbird, five-striped sparrow, northern beardless-tyrannulet, and zone-tailed hawk. Vegetation varies from saguaro, palo verde, and chaparral communities to oak, walnut, and pinyon at the higher elevations. Permit: Permit required from Tohono O’odham tribe. Payment for the permit can be made to the manager at Baboquivari Park every day except Wednesday and Thursday. On those days, obtain permits from the Baboquivari District Office in Topawa.

Summit Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike to the base of one of the most distinctive peaks in Arizona. This trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and climbs steadily to the base of Baboquivari Peak where the “standard” climbing route begins. The trail is easy to follow. Hikers will need to turn around here. Distinctive 7,734-foot Baboquivari Peak is a sacred place to the Tohono O’odham. The peak marks the center of the universe and the home of Elder Brother I’itoi, who taught the Tohono O’odham how to live in the desert.

Many birds are attracted to the area, including the rare and unusual thick-billed kingbird, five-striped sparrow, northern beardless-tyrannulet, and zone-tailed hawk. Vegetation varies from saguaro, palo verde, and chaparral communities to oak, walnut, and pinyon at the higher elevations. Permit: Permit required from Tohono O’odham tribe. Payment for the permit can be made to the manager at Baboquivari Park every day except Wednesday and Thursday. On those days, obtain permits from the Baboquivari District Office in Topawa."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,840 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,500 feet
Local Contacts: Tohono O'odham Nation
Local Maps: USGS Chiuli Shaik, Baboquivari Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Summit Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/27/2005
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Finding trailhead corrections: 1) Coming from Tucson, turn left (south) at Sells onto Indian Highway 19 and proceed 9.9 miles south of Sells. 2) Turn left (east) onto a graded road at the Baboquivari District Office 3) Go 11.2 miles on the graded road to the campground 4) Find the trail near the east end of the campground, on the right or south side. The trail passes a 10 ft tall red water tower. The trailguide says 8 miles round trip. We felt it was more like 10 miles



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May 2018