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
Only walked into trail for a few miles, but really enjoyed it. We were staying in a condo right near the trailhead so going for a quick morning walk was wonderful. It was easy as far as we went, but apparently the further you go, the rougher it gets... But apparently well worth the trip. Hope to do the whole trail next time we're in Tucson.
Really enjoyable moderate hike. A bit rocky in the beginning but not steep. Scenery beautiful and lots of saguaros. Near the turn around was quite overgrown and too many trees and ferns for my liking in the desert. The walk back has beautiful views of the canyon. I would definitely go back again when in Tucson.
Great hike, although the path was hard to find this time of year. The way down through Pima canyon seems to find no end, the last part is especially hard since it is going to be early afternoon if you started early (6am or so).
It took me almost 3 hours up to Mt. Kimball, then - even subtracting all breaks - it was at least that time to get down through Pima canyon. I had to backtrack twice to get the right trail.
Great hike! Be careful when in the canyon this time of year, I found quite a few snakes. Including a relatively docile 4' rattler who seemed to be living very near the trail - I actually almost stepped on him. Make sure to look for cairns they help to keep you on the trail.
Please be careful folks! Temp's right now are dangerous if not properly equipped. 2 folks just lost their lives on this trail this week.
That being said we've been hiking this trail off and on the last week or so. In the evenings it's pretty well shaded and a very comfortable hike. It was still 90s when we hiked with camelbacks but we're just fine. Watch out for fire ants and the occasional bobcat. One of my favorite local trails though.
Beautiful little trail which takes you up into the Catalinas, through a small "valley" with a creek and some tall grass, then up and over a ridge to the nestled prison camp. near the camp ground, the trail splits; taking the left fork brings you through some beautiful slot canyons and nice climbs- go hang out with the climbers at the crags!
I LOVE this trail!! It is my go to if I need to clear my mind, don't have a lot of time, it's leg day, you name it. It's one of the first trails as you head up Mt Lemmon and by far it is not for the faint hearted.
I would rate the first mile as difficult, the rest of the way is a walk in the park. That first mile is almost entirely uphill with large rocks. You've texted about 1 1/4 mi when you get to the vista overlooking the canyon.
This can be a point to point however I usually hike it in and out. Also can make this a 3 mi if you continue from the vista and turn around once you've gone down to where you would begin trekking to some campgrounds to the East.
Plus this isn't heavily frequented, I like to take my pups and let them explore. This is also the ONLY trail I've been on that I've seen a Gila monster