Hiking in Starr Pass
Living at the base of the Tucson Mountains has its perks- there are so many trails to discover in the rolling desert- and plenty of wildlife to see too!
Even in the Starr Pass neighborhood in west Tucson there’s plenty of options for easy, moderate, and rigorous hikes, depending on your skill level. Start at the Starr Pass trailhead at the end of Clearwell Road and check out several trails that come together to make a number of different loops.
There’s the Starr Pass trail itself, which is 4.6 miles long one way and winds through the mountains and then along the edge of the Tucson Estates neighborhood, creating easy access for local residents. The Starr Pass trail connects towards the end of the Yetman trail, which is a little more rigorous as a 6.2 mile trail one-way, starting up farther north at the end of Camino de Oeste off of Gates Pass Road. However, you can use the Fifth Avenue trail to take a shortcut, cutting your overall trip down.
There are many connector trails like Rock Wren trail that create easier loops and opportunities to devise a plan for your own hike that will better match your skill level. All the terrain goes through in the gorgeous Tucson Mountains and the elevation rises and dips the whole way. If you’re looking to experience the raw nature of the desert, you are likely to see deer, rabbits, and even some scaly creatures. It is important to note that preservation is really vital to Tucson Mountain Park officials, so these trails remain true to the Sonoran Desert landscape.
Lastly, most of the trails are not dog-friendly because of the desire for preservation and safety of all trail visitors. Also, these trails are commonly used for mountain biking, so be cautious of your surroundings if you choose to check out these beautiful hikes!