Busy Days in Tucson

Tucson, AZ

It has been a week and a half since we left Naco and moved to Lazydays KOA in Tucson.  Since we’ll be here for a month we reserved one of their “deluxe” sites, with a larger patio, hedges around the site, and a small area of grass.

Site 1364 in Lazydays

The afternoon of our second day here we hosted a happy hour with some RV friends who are also staying in this park.  Dave and Sue from Beluga’s Excellent Adventures and Bill and Jodee from On the Road Abode joined us.

John, Sue, Dave, Pam, Jodee, and Bill

There are many citrus tree in this park so one of Pam’s first activities was to fire up the juicer and make some delicious orange juice and grapefruit juice.

It wasn’t very long after our arrival that the nimble hiker had us out on the trail.  Our first couple of outings were in the Robles Pass section of Tucson Mountain Park.

“Beauty” among the Saguaro

“Beast” among the Saguaro

Downtown Tucson in the distance

Passing an old friend from last year’s visit

Tucson has some great bike paths and the area is very flat so one day we headed out for a 20 mile bike ride.  Along the way we passed through the campus of the University of Arizona so we stopped by Old Main to check out another old friend.

Pam has been following the blog Jim and Barb’s Adventure for a long time and when we learned they were in the area, we arranged a late lunch at the Barrio Brewing Co.  We enjoyed a tasty adult beverage, some good food, and some great conversation.  A hike together just may be in our future.

Barb, Jim, Pam, and John

A few days later we drove north of Tucson to the Dove Mountain Brewing Co. (seems to be a pattern here) to meet with another couple we have met during our travels.  Rick and Joanne (Rick and Joanne’s RV Travels) have a home outside Denver but travel for much of the year.  We first met them when they were camphosting in Glacier NP a couple of years ago.

John, Pam, Rick, and Joanne

The nimble hiker found a newspaper article from a couple of years ago that described a hike near Gate’s Pass, just west of Tucson in Tucson Mountain Park.  The writer of the article called one part of the hike the Unnamed Trail as she couldn’t find any name for it on maps.  The hike begins at the parking area on the south side of Gate’s Pass, which is the location of the northern terminus for the popular Yetman Trail, a long trail that runs the length of the Tucson Mountain Park.

Going through Gate’s Pass we could just make out a trail above us

Trailhead for the Yetman Trail

This hike begins with a half mile trek up the Yetman Trail to where it intersects with the Gate’s Pass Trail.  We turned left (north) on the Gate’s Pass Trail and headed around a steep peak.

Gate’s Pass Trail sign on the left, Yetman Trail on the right

Looking west on the Gate’s Pass Trail, the parking area is visible in the lower center

After a fairly challenging climb along the Gate’s Pass Trail we went through a saddle between the peaks.  Just after the saddle we found the Unnamed Trail on our right and headed south.

Hiking south on the Unnamed Trail

Lunch with a view

The writer of the article about this hike described an end point in the trail overlooking a ravine with a nice view looking both to the east and the west.  We could see the trail continuing into and through the ravine and over another saddle to the west.  We knew the Yetman Trail was in that direction so we continued on the trail, confident we would intersect with it.  We could then head back north to the parking area, making a nice loop hike.

Although a bit steep and narrow in spots, the trail wasn’t too difficult and, after a bit, we came to the Yetman Trail.

Heading back north on the Yetman Trail to the parking area

Although only about four miles long, this hike seemed much longer due to the steep, rough, loose stone terrain.  But we will definitely be recommending it to some of our hiking pals who are in the Tucson area.

The weather for the weekend predicts wind, rain, and cool temperatures forcing us to curtail our outdoor adventures.  But the forecast for next week is much improved so we’ll be out and about soon.  More on that later . . .

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18 Responses to Busy Days in Tucson

  1. Jan Woodall says:

    Love your blog! We are parked at Lazy Days as well. #1653.

  2. Susan Bank says:

    Glad to be here with you both. Not to be judgmental, but it’s normal to wear matching shoes and socks when one goes out isn’t it? Around the house, dress as you like, but you never know when someone might take your picture when you’re out in public.

  3. Gay says:

    You have been busy! Tucson seems to be a “happening” place this time of year! Nice to see pics of you two amongst the Saguaro.

  4. pmbweaver says:

    We love to make grapefruit/oj juice. Looks delicious.
    LOL…Beauty and the Beast….oh brother.

    We went on one bike ride so far. Not 20 miles though!!! Haven’t hit the campus yet either. We definetly didn’t allow enough time this trip. Even though this is our third time here, we should know 8 days is not enough!

    My gosh but you two have so many friends here. Keep the party going!

    I love that photo of Pam with all the Saguaros. Beautiful.

    When was it warm enough to wear a sleeveless top? You must be warm blooded than I!

  5. That trail might just be calling us we are only a few miles at the Sarasota Trailhead which intersects with the Yetman trail.
    Lets keep the party going, were here now!

  6. Jodee Gravel says:

    Always so fun to meet up with you guys 🙂 Great pics among the saquaros – both the Beauty and the Beast! We sure didn’t get the amount of rain expected here – hope you’re able to stay dry.

  7. Debbie L says:

    Wow!!! Great hiking and fun with friends. It’s great how we connect with others then meet up again.

  8. Laurel says:

    Oh, a whole month in Tucson! That sounds perfect! The unnamed hike looks like a good one—I’m adding it to our list. Sunshine, great hiking, fresh citrus, good friends…I don’t think life could get much better. We want to be there, too!!

  9. colibabas says:

    Looks like some great hiking trails that we’ll have to keep in mind the next time we’re in that area.

  10. I especially love that crested saguaro on the university campus, it’s got character!

  11. Jim and Barb says:

    Great to FINALLY meet the two of you! We got out to Camero trail yesterday and are doing Picacho Peak tomorrow. Hopefully we make it!

  12. Well add us to the list that might do that hike as we move over to Tucson on the 22nd…

  13. Janna Clark says:

    OK–let’s try this again–love your crested saguaros and we love Tucson–when we first started traveling south for winters, Tucson was our city of choice. Beaudry’s (aka Lazydays) was always a treat for us after boondocking in the desert.

  14. girlonahike says:

    I don’t know if you guys will have time to do this, but you might enjoy seeing/hiking to the Black Mesa Indian Ruins. There’s no trail, but it’s pretty straight forward to get to it and only 1 mile to the ruins. Here’s my post on it: http://www.girlonahike.com/2015/11/the-black-mesa-indian-ruins-arizona.html

    Alicia @ http://www.GirlonaHike.com

  15. Looks like a party down there. We have been enjoyed the fresh squeezed here in Mesa, AZ.

  16. Maxxtrails says:

    Sounds like a fun time in Tucson 😊 We will have to visit some of those brewing places the next time we are in that area.

  17. LuAnn says:

    Tucson sounds like the perfect place to land for the winter. And it seems that many other RVers think so as well. Let the partying begin!

  18. Nancy says:

    Welcome Back to AZ! Up here in the north… we are about an hour north of Phoenix…the desert is green with crazy stuff called grass. I am serious. There is a blanket of grass through out. And the wildflowers are insane with blooms.
    Hope all is well with you. I see you are still having a lunch with a view.
    I juiced a ton of orange juice as well and oh is it good.
    Welcome Back and enjoy the desert!

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