Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,333.00 ft (406.30 m)
Trail type
4.43 mi (7.13 km)
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The Babad Do’ag trail is a moderately challenging hike located in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness near Tucson, Arizona. Babad Do’ag translates to “frog mountain” in  the Tohono O'odham language. This is the tribe’s name for the Santa Catalina Mountains. This hike explores a beautiful section of the Sonoran Desert and offers city and mountain views. This trail is 4.4 miles long and gains 1,333 feet of elevation.

This hike starts at the Babad Do’ag Scenic Overlook located between mile markers 2 and 3 on the Catalina Highway. From here, cross the road and travel east to locate the Babad Do’ag Trailhead and a sign marking the trail. Begin hiking north on the Babad Do’ag Trail.

Hike uphill amongst saguaros, ocotillo, cholla, and various other Sonoran Desert plants. This trail is steep, and you will gain over 500 feet of elevation in the first mile. From here, you will have great views of the Rincon Mountains and Agua Caliente Hill. The trail briefly levels out here before continuing to climb parallel to a canyon.

Continue uphill for another mile as you take in views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Here, you will head west for 0.1 miles. There will be a sign marking the end of the Babad Do’ag trail. This is a great spot to rest and enjoy a view that includes canyons, mountains, and the city of Tucson. From here, retrace your steps to return to the parking area.

The Babad Do’ag trail is open year-round and has no associated fees. Dogs are allowed on this trail as long as they are on a leash. This hike can get very hot and there are not any reliable water sources on this trail, so be sure to bring plenty of water. The Babad Do’ag Trail is a great way for hikers to enjoy the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Mountain Views.


No Shade.

Trailhead Elevation

3,575.00 ft (1,089.66 m)

Highest point

4,713.00 ft (1,436.52 m)


Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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