New Year's 2016, it being a holiday weekend, Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen, decided to stay away from the more popular hiking trails and try the Yetman Trail from the west entrance, located at the Southwest end of the Tucson Mountains. Years ago, our first encounter with the Yetman Trail was to hike to the Bowen Ranch ruins from the southern terminus of Camino de Oeste. You can also take the hike to the ruins from Starr Pass Resort, both short easy hikes of 3 miles or so, out and back.
Our exploration of the remainder of the Yetman Trail began last fall while it was still quite warm. We made it half way, then had to backtrack due to time constraints. (There is a joke in there somewhere.) This day in early winter was going to be in the low 70's, a perfect day in January. Jim drove us to the west side of Gates Pass. The trailhead is off the parking lot on the south side of the road, near the bottom of the ridge.
Our plan was to follow the Yetman Trail to where it forks north to the Bowen Ranch ruins, this time continuing east toward the Starr Pass Resort. The intent was to meet Jim for lunch at one of the fine dining facilities there. We chose the Catalina Barbeque and Sports Bar instead of the Signature Grill, due to our attire and after hike stinkiness. We figured that golfers are use to that. Next time we will try the Signature Grill's Sunday brunch. It has a lovely view of the golf course as well.Read More