Yetman Trail - Trail, Tucson, Arizona

Yetman Trail - Trail, Tucson, Arizona


The Yetman trail is a fairly long and diverse trail that wraps around Bren Mtn (the mountain just South of Gates Pass). The trail starts at David Yetman TH on Gates Pass Road. The trail runs from the TH parking lot up through the pass between two mountains. This portion is probably unnavigable for most cyclists, requiring them to walk this portion. The back side of the pass is more manageable, but still provides solid downhill action. The trail then becomes flatter while crossing several narrow, steep-sided washes before traveling down a wider sandy wash. Southeast of the wash, the Yetman Trail connects with the Starr Pass Trail before crossing a small ridge and traveling northward along another wash until it connects with a street called Camino de Oeste.

note: signage for all TMP(Tuscon Mountain Park) is pretty poor. there are no maps at TH and junctions where major trails meet are poorly marked. you cannot get lost but you can easily loose the trail you are seeking.


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[Dec 24, 2009]
Cross Country Rider

if you start yetman from the TH on Gate Pass Rd., your first order of business is to climb up to the start grinding right away.

the 1st 1/2 mi. to the saddle is rock, scree, ledges and stairs. any but an strong advanced rider will walk 90% of this 1st half mile..once over the saddle you will have a scree strewn descent till about .8 mi from TH.

so basically you will have,overall more or less, a mile of walking..that is if you are a mere mortal....

i ran into a competive rider and he was telling how proud he was to bike that section...

so you are warned...

after that it settles down to an intermediate trail where either you can connect with Star Pass (4.5 mi from TH) or carry on Yetman to TH at Camino Ouesete TH

their are easier routes to yetman,(say riding in from 36st TH or Star Pass TH).That way you can approach the saddle from the south, avoiding the most techncial 1/2 mi.

but let me state this: this is a beautiful, isolated sonoran desert landscape with all manner of flora and faunam, minutes from downtown,

Ride will enjoy it tremendously.

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