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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!

Fairly easy trail (if you're good on distance) and enjoyable hike with stunning destination. For those who wish to be more challenged, plenty of opportunities to navigate up the falls (though use caution, particularly when wet), while the rest of your party relaxes down below.

Beautiful! Very nice in the late fall, definitely worth it and not too hard.

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.

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.

Love this trail because it alternates between flat and easy to rocky and difficult. Rather than the same terrain, you get a variety.

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16 days 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.

This trail has a variety of interesting vistas and interweaves along the creek bed, which when water levels are on the higher side, creates some fun little creek crossings. The pay off on this hike comes when you reach 7 falls (provided there is water at the falls). The falls are not visually impressive, but make a very chill setting. This is a great hike for hikers of a range of skill levels.

Hot but beautiful hike. The area is so green because of the recent rains. And the pools were running and full and refreshing.

Good trail. Pools were full after all the oct rain

loved it and the pools are the best way to cool off from the heat

Dogs not allowed on this trail.

This is really difficult. I couldn’t quite finish the last 15 minutes to the peak because of the height. I’m a lil afraid of heights so I turned around. I’ve never seen anything like this hike. Definitely need gloves for all the cables. Beautiful trail. Fairly populated on a Saturday

that was really fun! never a dull moment.

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.

21 days 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!

Was great. Everything green. Made it about 30 minutes to the damn. Took a break in a nice area and had my vortex with me but no need. Huge big horn ram appeared 10ft from me. starred at me for 30 secs trying to figure out what I was wind was perfect. Awesome day and trail. People were friendly.

This was a great hike! The trail clear but not marked very well. It seems like the pools should be bigger at the end, but definitely explore more and you’ll find cool little water falls and bigger pools. The water was flowing yesterday! Also from the parking lot to the pools is more like 6 miles round trip. Definitely worth it!

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26 days ago

Challenging hike but rewarded with views at each challenging step. Definitely worth it and will definitely be back.

Great hike! Wanted to go further towards Mt Kimball but couldn’t find the rest of the trail. The views are stunning. One of my favorite trails. I started around 11am and was back at my car by 2pm.

BE CAREFUL!!!!! CAR BROKEN INTO!!!

We got our car broken into over this last weekend. I was in town visiting my wife and they stole everything I brought for the trip, as we were staying the night in Tucson. They even stole the bottom halves to my convertible north face pants. If you see someone wearing just the bottom halves, either they miss the 90's leg-warmer look or they may be the guy I'm looking for.... Just keep a watch out for each other when down there. We never would have thought we'd get broken into as the trail parking is in a very nice area. Once again, just raising the trumpet of warning.

The trail itself is real good. Certainly steep but doable, even for my sea-level living lungs. We did go on a good evening, if nothing else.

I hiked this trail with my husband back in January when I was 38 weeks pregnant (my ambitious idea, not his) and loved it! It was a rewarding challenge with incredible views the entire way. The falls were dry at that time of the year, but it was still well worth it to get to the end. Lots of people were out, but everyone we passed was very encouraging along the way.

went up the trail 5 miles. still 2 miles from making the window. trail is pretty tough. took me 5 hrs 10 min to do 10.07 miles. there wasnt a ton of water flowing at the maiden pools but there was a good amount a couple more miles up. definitely going back and making it to the window.

on Ventana Canyon Trail

1 month ago

Amazing views but never made it to the rock! The map ended my trail and I couldn’t find directions to make it. Very strenuous trail specially on the way down very hard on the knees. I want to do it again but not alone. I’ll make sure to get extra cushioning on my boots, a flashlight, extra battery pack and to begin the hike at 5am. Definitely a trail for long pants/leggings. My legs and arms looked like I had been attached by a mad cat. Couldn’t go up stairs when I got home and my knees hurt all night. Very peaceful and lonely hike good for soul cleansing but I must say I got a little panicked when saw myself so tired, in so much pain and still 5 miles away from my car in pure solitude. Gotta get back to climb the Window though ❤️ Overall challenging but rewarding prepare to be climbing for 7-8 hrs definitely more then 9 miles maybe more like 10-11

Great Hike, all said and done, we went to the 2nd set of pools where the water was flowing and beautiful. Coming down in some spots were tough on my knees, but others were going down no problem.

The first 2 miles are on hard pack dirt or paved road from the parking lot. The shuttle service was no longer running. The scenery the entire route is beautiful. I hit a dry season so the creek crossings were easy and dry. I can see more difficulty when water is flowing and would bring water shoes or prepare for soggy feet. The difficult part the trail is about a mile from the falls but it’s not super hard. I did find the trail relatively poorly marked given the 7 creek crossings. Because there are side trails by the crossings, pay attention to picking up the trail on the other side. Basically you are following the creek into the canyon so you cannot get lost but can end up searching a bit for the trail. The falls were almost nonexistent but there were pools of water and it didn’t take much to envision how spectacular it would be in the wet season.

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1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Leaving by 8am is great advice. My wife and I were fine with 2 L of water but it wasn't a hot day. Strangely enough, one of the creeks was bone dry on the way up but running pretty good 3 hours later when we go back to it. We ended up using the road from that point on.

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