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    David Yetman Trail

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    19.2 km
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    405 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The David Yetman Trail is a 19.3 km route in Tucson Mountain Park named for social scientist and host of “The Desert Speaks,” Dr. David Yetman. This route leads to the Bowen House, a long-abandoned stone home. While there are more direct routes to the Bowen House, this approach allows you to appreciate the entire David Yetman Trail with its views of Golden Gate Mountain. Bring lots of water and try to get your hike in before the heat of the day hits.

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    Route Description for David Yetman Trail

    David Yetman Trail honors David Yetman, Ph.D., a social scientist and host of “The Desert Speaks.” This trail is long but fairly relaxed in terms of elevation gain and it offers a nice view of Golden Gate Mountain and the Bowen House. The Bowen House is a long-abandoned stone home that sits in what’s now the Tucson Mountain Park. The house makes for a good picnic spot.

    If the out and back distance is too much, you can shuttle cars with one on N Camino de Oeste and one at the Gates Pass Trailhead. This would halve the distance required. Remember to bring plenty of water and wear sun protection as this route has very little shade.

    From the end of the road, the trail heads directly south. You’ll follow David Yetman Trail through a short canyon and then keep right at a split in the trail. You’ll round another hill through a broad canyon where the house can be found at the mouth of the next canyon. Stop here to explore, enjoy your picnic, and then keep going. There are a smattering of routes that intersect this trail in the clearing between canyons, but you’ll stay north at each junction. Once you reach W Gates Pass Road, turn around and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the David Yetman Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for David Yetman Trail is at the end of N Camino de Oeste.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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