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This is a very pleasant, rather short loop through an area of bubbling springs, green grasses, big trees and long distance views. It is located conveniently close to Bog Springs Campground and the other developed recreation sites within the Madera Canyon Recreation Area, making this a popular trail where you can usually count on having company. The two friendly paths that form this loop afford excellent opportunities for observing birds and other wild animals drawn to the desert oases nourished by the springs

The Bog Springs Kent Spring loop starts in Bog Springs Campground and wanders up and around a shallow basin these drainages have cut into the western slopes of the Santa Rita Range. Forests of silverleaf oak, alligator juniper and ponderosa pine shade the trail as it meanders between springs and seeps sheltered by stands of gnarled old Arizona sycamores. In addition to these silver and green barked old-timers, communities of other moisture-loving plants cluster around these reliable water sources including Arizona bamboo, Arizona walnut, alligator juniper and colorful clumps of wildflowers. As you might suspect, such lush pockets of riparian diversity also attract a variety of birds and other wildlife.

The convenience of these trails and the wild abundance that surrounds them makes them extremely popular. Favorite trailside lunch spots and viewpoints are well worn and easy to find. Where the trees part to provide overlooks, you can expect to enjoy good views of Madera Canyon while panoramas stretch to the Baboquivari Mountains and Kitt Peak Observatory in the distance. The trail steepens in the vicinity of Kent Springs, but few people would call this a very strenuous walk or ride. It takes only a couple of hours to complete a full circuit, but don't be surprised if you spend all day.

2.3 miles of the Bog Springs Trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness.
Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness areas.

Directions: From Tucson, Leave Interstate 19 at the Continental Road/Madera Canyon Exit #63. Turn east and follow signs to Bog Springs Campground in Madera Canyon Recreation Area. Turn left into the campground and drive around the loop to the trail parking area. The trail follows an old roadbed past campsite # 13.

Elevation: 4,820 feet

Ending Elevation: 6,620 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet

Distance: 2.7 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate

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