Mid-week Hike on the Bug Springs Trail

  • November 14, 2012 · 8:00 AM

Distance: 9.2 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet or 2,000 feet accumulated

We'll do the Bug Springs trail on the Catalina Highway. This trail more-or-less parallels the road (but separated from it by a ridge) and runs from its southern trailhead just north of the Gordon Hirabayashi campground up to its northern trailhead at the Bear Canyon picnic area, just south of the General Hitchcock campground.

The trail is 4.6 miles long; I will be going out and back for a total of 9.2 miles; there is an approx. 1200' elevation gain end-to-end, but the true elevation gain is more as the trail has ups and downs as it crosses a couple of ridges. Depending on your hiking speed, allow 2 - 3 hours each way. This is an Intermediate+ hike. It's steep in places. This hike is not recommended for beginners! Hike at your own pace, don't feel you have to keep up with the faster hikers. I have a medium pace  but I will stop occasionally to let slower people catch up. If there is a much slower (or faster) group we may split into two (or more) separate groups.

We will meet meet at LeBuzz Bakery at Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde at 8:00 AM for carpool.


Bring a good attitude and perhaps the following:

2-3 liters of water



Sun protection

No dogs please.

See you Wednesday for some fresh air and exercise!

The weather forecast for Tucson is 83F high and 50F low. It will be cooler at this trail elevation. Layering may be needed.

Hike at your own risk.

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  • Bill C.

    A little tougher than I remembered but still a fine hike. Thanks to all of my companions.

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful hike with wonderful people! Thanks to Rick for driving.

    November 14, 2012

  • Kerry W.

    Nice to be back up on Bug Spring after a summer hiatus. It's a great trail for a variety of scenery and challenges. Best of all, what a great group of folks to hike with!

    November 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Bill. Sounds like a great hike but just getting home from work so I'm not going to be able to make in am. Hope to join u on a hike soon.

    November 13, 2012

  • Bill C.

    If you need to contact me call my cell at[masked]

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm New to Tucson so not familiar with hikes in area nor your leadership style. . I must be at work early evening Wed so looking for a time frame for return to cars at Le Buzz. I realize there are several variables involved in estimating. Do you leave Le Buzz promptly at 0800? I googled 25 minutes to TH. What's your style for breaks on TH to rest and enjoy views? My calcs tell me we'll be seeing Le Buzz again by between 2 and 4 PM. Sound about right?

    1 · November 13, 2012

    • Bill C.

      Yes, Julia. We should return to LeBuzz around 2PM unless we run into some kind of problem. This is a strenuous but easy to hike trail.

      November 13, 2012

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