Tucson: Bog Springs Loop

Take a walk on the wildlife side on this moderate 4.5-mile half-day hike in the Santa Rita Mountains to springs, shady campsites, and pleasant views.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.3



Location: 31.7263698577881, -110.875602722168

From lot, hike to 3rd campsite on R and head S on Bog Springs Trail (start early to beat midday heat; bring water)


Location: 31.725679397583, -110.875701904297

Stay L, passing junction to lower parking lot


Location: 31.7251796722412, -110.874397277832

Continue straight on abandoned jeep road, hiking under blotchy shade of oak, mesquite, and alligator juniper


Location: 31.7189807891846, -110.872001647949

Turn R for a counterclockwise loop on Kent Springs Trail


Location: 31.7177505493164, -110.870697021484

Stay L on Kent Springs Trail


Location: 31.7134704589844, -110.86540222168

Cross unnamed creek and the former plot of Lucky Ledge Mine


Location: 31.7154197692871, -110.862998962402

Climb 200 ft. to Sylvester Spring. Wildlife tip: The shy Coues whitetail deer, smallest in the U.S. at only 30 in. tall, hangs near water sources and blends into tawny landscape (look for moving bushes)


Location: 31.7128105163574, -110.856903076172

Steady rise up drainage to Kent Spring; break then start down the sunny S slope (good canyon views ahead)


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Nice, flat, and shady campsites


Location: 31.7212104797363, -110.864196777344

R @ Y to Bog Springs, a fairly reliable water supply. To return to trailhead, descend picturesque
hillside above Madera Canyon and turn R @ WPT 4.