Pusch Peak is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Note: This trail is in the Coronado National Forest desert bighorn closure area, so the Pusch Peak Trail is closed to the public between January 1 and April 30. Short but difficult hike with incredible mountaintop views. Definitely not for the amateur. Although short in distance, this hike will carry you up 2000 ft in no time. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended, you're venturing into serious ankle-breaking territory. However, if properly equipped, this hike will give you plenty to smile about as you scramble up onto 3 separate peaks before reaching your destination of Pusch Peak. As you start out, be sure and head down the trail on the left side, after about 500 yards you'll come to a fork in the trail, stay to the right on the "main trail". Once you get to the "mileage" marker look to your right (East) and you'll spot the trail leading you into the mountain range, otherwise, you'll end up making a big circle and winding up back at the trailhead. If your not up for a major hike this lower loop does just fine. A pair of climbing gloves is a big help as your going to be scrambling on boulders. Definitely intense, but well worth it, you're in for a stunning visual experience.
We did the loop and it was great!
Beautiful, steep and remote. Plan to return next year to make the top. Plan to start early.
This trail is in the Coronado National Forest desert bighorn closure area, so the Pusch Peak Trail can't be used January 1 to April 30. The Linda Vista Loop is outside of the closure area, so can be used all year.
Don't go too late. We left about 3-4pm and didn't get down until it was about 7pm and pitch black out. Came home with a ton of cactus needles all over us. We also lost the trail about three quarters of the way up the mountain... Amazing views over the city though
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 went too late so I didn't make it to the peak. I will try again before heading home to PNW. I only wish to see a clearly marked trail direction otherwise I love the experience.
Loved the trail, the parking lot located right near the main street which is easy to access. I came on thursday afternoon and there are only 3-4 cars in the parking lot. This trail is hard but not extremely. It does have steep slopes and loose rocks which reminds me of the Elden Lookout trail in Flagstaff. Wearing appropriate shoes is recommended, there will be few parts that you have to climb over the rocks but they are not really dangerous though, those are good challenges. You may have to be careful on the way back, don't trust those little evil rocks :) i would wear a long pants in this trail since it is invaded by bushes and cactuses. The view on top will cover the oro valley area and part of tucson, very nice. Overall i rate this trail 5 stars since there are few good things about this trail. 1- easy to access 2- challenging (good workout) 3- short which means less time consuming. Good luck;)
Great views. Horrible hike. Loose rock make it near impossible to avoid falling. You will get bit by the cactus. Definitely need to be prepared to use your hands. I can now say that I've done this trail, but I will not do it again.
Great hike that I usually do once a year with friends and the views at the top never cease to amaze me. also you will find a logbook for those that like to sign in when you reach the peak of your hikes.