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Pleasant hike off the main road that runs through Catalina State Park. There is an immediate elevations change via man made steps... Beautiful views... variety of cactus . .

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail, we did it with our dog. Flora is just beautiful

hiking
2 days ago

One of a best hike to do in winter.. thoroughly enjoyed 9 stream crossings.. A real worth the climb!!! will come back again for refreshing in the chillness and water.. This is a family hike , just guard the rocky terrain with children...

Super easy trail that runs next to a small creek.

hiking
3 days ago

Some really nice moments on this trail. Starts with a climb that tops out quickly with some great views all around before heading into the canyon. Shady section near the springs with huge old cottonwoods is really beautiful. Overall, though, as other reviewers have noted, it felt like there wasn't really a destination, just a point where hiking over the rocks has worn you out and you decide to turn around. Feet took a beating on this one, even with boots...very rocky.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail on the Northeast side of Tucson, ascending up into Pima Canyon. The trail was very narrow at times as trees, grass and vegetation grow onto the trail (yes, trees!)

Didn’t see much wildlife although I know there is a lot around. Beautiful day, mid 60’s and bright sunshine. Trail was heavily travelled, we saw lots of people.

Underestimated this hike; started at 9am, 6 hours to The Window (totally worth it) and another 3h 45m descent (hiking the last hour by moonlight and iPhone flashlight). Bring sandwiches.

Wear pants as the trail is super narrow and over grown, not to mention rocky and rugged...and know that every plant out there is sort of trying to kill you.

This was an intense hike! Gorgeous views! I’m assuming hiking sticks are suggested to alleviate some of the leg strain. Don’t discount the altitude gain, I was certainly very winded on the way up by mile 2. Keep all trails map handy, met a few others who’d wandered off trail like we had. In total, our out and back was 10.8miles :) very easy to keep walking and miss the actual trail. Took us less than half the time to go back down-which I didn’t find difficult. Trail is rocky and overgrown. I suggest sleeves/gloves, pants or socks. I slid my hand on a few cactus. Bring tweezers!

Always a good hike, keep your feet dry!

trail running
8 days ago

Visiting Arizona from British Columbia, Canada. I found this trail captivating and unique to the usual terrain I usually run in.

A beautiful and easy little hike. Perfect for days you don't have much time.

Great hike with nice views of city and mountains. Beautiful sunset tonight.

hiking
18 days ago

This trail is amazing I was challenged big time !The views are definitely worth it !

hiking
18 days ago

Easy hike with terrific views; good for dogs, families, and geocaching. Great in the evening as the sun lights up the mountains. Fall colors are beautiful right now along the wash.

hiking
21 days ago

In Tucson for a week visiting family and was looking for a challenging and beautiful hike. Started this hike at 7:15 am on 11/21/18. Temperatures were perfect, and I was excited to hit the trail. This meanders through some fenced in areas for the first 3/4 mile to keep you off private property. The first 1.5 is relatively easy, but then it begins to climb dramatically. Trail continually crisscrosses the dry river bank. Keep your eyes open for markers so as not to miss the trail on the other side. What a beautiful trail this is. As you climb, you see so many different climate zones- dry desert, lush desert, high desert, and, finally, mountains. The views are breathtaking all the way to the top. It is close to 5 miles to the intersection of the trail that will take you to The Window Rock and about 6 miles to arrive there. I arrived at my destination at 10:35 after climbing a total of 4100 feet. This trail is no joke. It climbs, and climbs, and climbs. Having hiked the Grand Canyon last Spring, this would be a great training hike. Had some snacks, checked my water (2 liters wasn’t enough), signed the summit register, took some pics, and began the descent. It wasn’t until 2.5 miles away from the trailhead that I ran into my first person of the day. The downhill will wreck your knees- hiking poles highly recommend. I left the top at 11:15 and arrived back at my car at 1:45 tired, sore, and thirsty, but grateful for the experience. Some tips: wear pants - the trail is overgrown and in need of maintenance and your legs will get all scratched up in shorts, bring lots of water - I hiked in fall with mild temps and still wanted more than 2 liters, bring a camera, not recommended for trail running as a majority of the trail is rocky or has unstable footing. All in all, a difficult hike that rewards you with non-stop beauty.

trail running
23 days ago

Love this trail. Some great views and terrain. A few little streams to cross too. It’s never too busy but you do see a few friendly people along the way!

trail running
23 days ago

It’s a great little trail through some beautiful woods. We included it in a trail run with the Canyon Loop. It’s kid friendly too.

24 days ago

Amazing views. Well worth the hike. Tough rocky terrain at times. Great hike

Great hike!! Loved all the river crossings. Saw frogs, and enjoyed the views from the top. Beautiful photo opps along the way!

Fantastic! Awesome views south of Tucson and beyond on the way up. If you make the peak, a whole other vista opens up of Mt Lemmon and the Catalinas (as well as the western side of Tucson). While the trail is not that difficult, as others have commented, the ascent can be a butt-kicker (most particularly miles two and three) - have plenty of water if doing this in the heat. Some of the smooth rocky areas get slick in the rain; some degree of washout on trail after heavy rains - use caution. Great, challenging hike though!

Great trail to take visitors for a short 1hr hike.

Great and easy trail.

Make sure u are at the falls before 1400 if u want to have enough fun for a swim.

OUR PHYSICAL CONDITION, We have been hiking for about 6 years, both retired. I'm mid-66, husband a bit younger. :) We had not done a hike rated this strenuous in a while as I have a rotator cuff tear that I'm scheduled for surgery on. Right now, using a pole in that hand really bothers me. I used 2 poles this hike(recommended). We decided to give this a go and agreed we would only go as far as I could. We ended up going 3.5 miles (7 RT). Which is a bit past Linda Vista. My GPS to this point said the elevation gain was 2850 feet, with most of that in 2.5 miles. Linda Vista would be a good turn around point if you don't want to do the entire trail. Based on the distance we did, I can tell you this trail is more like 10 miles in/out. It is very doable, but don't get to cocky as those slippery places could make you bust your butt, at the least. There is a lot of rock hopping, which requires big, big steps if you are short like me. Always have 3 points of contact when stepping. The first mile or so of the trail is easy so that means you will do most of your ascent in the last 4 miles. There are a couple places it is easy to get off the trail, but if you do, it's easy enough to get back on with a little bushwacking. Overall, the trail is pretty well defined. Once you start climbing, the trail is fun, but a challenge. After mile 1, you won't get a reprieve until about mile 3 (just before Linda Vista) then it is easier, but only for about .2 miles, before the climb starts again. The descent will put a lot of strain on your joints especially the knees. Things that I feel are important: START EARLY (we started at 6:45 a.m.). WATER - we both used almost 3 liters. BOOTS, lug sole is best as some of the hike is on slick rock. FOOD, plenty of snacks and food. Blocks or some other electrolyte replacement. SUNSCREEN, if you start early, you will be shaded most of the way up, but if you don't, you will be in a lot of sun. MAP/GPS. TWEEZERS/FIRST AID, there are some cactus that crowd the trail and we picked out a few stickers. We took our time, as I could take no chance on falling. We did the 7 miles in 5 hours of actual hiking time, but 7 hours total with many stops for pictures, lunch, snacks and just to enjoy nature. TIME, allow plenty so you can enjoy the scenery. I really liked the hike, but was very grateful to hop in the hot tub after.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike awesome views. decent elevation after the first mile.

Trail is hard to stay on towards the top. Tall grass and erosion makes the trail a little sketchy. Phone recorded 3920 elevation gain. It’s worth the workout. Springs are running now too. Not great for newbies, kids, or solo hikers.

10 miles roundtrip if going to Kimball . 4200 elevation gain. Great hike but be prepared for a tougher hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Really awesome, hard, rewarding day hike. This trail map doesn't take you all the way to the window... that's a 12.8 mile total hike and 4000 ft elevation gain. Once you get get to the end of Ventana Canyon Trail, turn onto Esperero and keep going until you're past the plateau and you get some really big rocks to your right - the window will be right by the trail but is easy to walk by. We took about 8 hours and probably should have taken more than a couple of bottles of water apiece.

Lovely, so mani variety of cactus to enjoy and quietly beautiful. Mostly shaded in at 9am when I was hiking. Rocky in some places, overall moderate trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery, very loose rock trial. Make sure to have ankle support.

My 1st desert hike since I was a kid....great trail with nice elevation changes with even trails mixed in!

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