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Yetman Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
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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