Pusch Ridge towers over Tucson and the surrounding desert as one of the most prominent features of the Santa Catalina Mountains. With its lower slopes dotted with cactus and its upper reaches dark with pines, this unmistakable landmark makes the point in no uncertain terms that this is a land of extremes
Great trail with great variety of terrain. The initial three quarters of a mile are difficult with steep rocky ascent of about 750ft or so. After that the trail becomes more level while traversing grassland with some less arduous ascents to a saddle and eventually to where it ends, meeting other trails. The views are spectacular.
Great, hard hike but much longer than 9 miles - I clocked 12 and took about 6 hours, finishing up just after sunset (bring a light). I also carried 3L of water and used 95% of it. The view at the top is terrific, since you can see the city of Tucson as well as the other side of the Catalinas.
This trail was accurately described as difficult. The first part of the loop is just rocky terrain but the trail up the mountain is rocky, loose and strenuous. Good workout and worth the views at the top. Careful on the way down, the loose rocks make it just as challenging on the down trip.
I highly recommend this trail if you are looking for a short hike with some good elevation gain. The path is relatively easy to follow and end of Soldiers Trail is very rewarding. The water stream has shaped a very unqiue water fall that is worth checking out. When you come to the clearing and hear water, all you must do is follow the flow of water and it will quide you to the cool rock formations. Added perk is that it's dog friendly so a portion of the hikers will have their cute furry friends along side. Arguably one of the best hikes in Tucson for dogs. If you do bring your dog, be sure to clean up and keep our trails clean. Thank you!
Incredible hike! Challenging both on the up and the down due to the rocks! We made it 12 KM up before we decided to turn around. Overall, a beautiful, fun and enjoyable hike! (PSA: Bring lot's of water and wear good footwear if you plan on hiking past 5 KM)
This was a beautiful area, but be warned that about 1/3rd of this is not on a trail and requires serious bushwhacking and wading through unforgiving cacti. There are some river beds that are easier to get through, but we started on the baby Jesus ridge trail and once we got to the 'sutherland junction' the trail petered out, and didn't come back into the picture again until well after the petroglyphs. By the time we got to them we were pretty exhausted from the bushwhacking and were just anxious to get to a trail. Would recommend doing this from the start to the petroglyphs and back rather than as a loop.