Saturday, April 24, 2010

Starr Pass Trail, Tucson, AZ - 4-24-10

What a beautiful day in Tucson!  We thought we would do a quick hike in the Tucson Mountains before it gets too hot to hike at those elevations until the fall.  We had not hiked in the Starr Pass area yet so we headed that way.  The Starr Pass trail head is just before the resort off Starr Pass Blvd.  There is a little dirt road that turns to pavement at the trail head.

The trail for the first mile and a half was a nice leisurely stroll through the desert.  A lot of the cacti were blooming along with the wildflowers which made for a pretty hike.  After the first mile and a half we went stright through the next intersection and started gaining a little bit of elevation.  Eventually the trail climbs up to a small peak with nice views of the surrounding area.  The GPS said it was about 3200' at the top, with a gain of 800' to get there over a total of 3 miles.

There are a lot of trails in the area.  Most of them look to be very fun for mountain biking.  There were quite a few mountain bikers out on this day.  We didn't see any snakes but I am sure they were there.  Quail, Roadrunners, a couple hummingbirds and lizards were the only wildlife we saw.

The Starr Pass area is a nice network of fairly easy hikes.  Great desert views for all seasons except for summer.


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