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Took me 1:20 to the top, 3 false summits, great views.

Such a fun hike. Not too long, takes about 2+ hours, so I just carry a water bottle and I'm set. Beautiful view at the top is a big motivator to make it to the end. My favorite part is the way down, if you're sure footed you can fly down the trail like a staircase which I love.

21 hours ago

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

Beautiful

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.

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.

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13 days 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.

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20 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.

Dogs not allowed on this trail.

25 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!

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.

This is a nice hike that will get your heart pounding. The distance on this is incorrect, it is closer to 5.5 miles from the edge of the parking lot to the pools and back. The elevation gain is also around 1200 feet. The first 1.5 miles is easy but the last portion is mostly straight uphill. The pools are nice and frequently have water except in the driest times. Plenty of flowers and wildlife if you keep your eyes peeled and the views are great.

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.

This is a short hike but it is a good workout hike because it has lots of elevation gain. I recommend starting this hike before 6 AM in the summer because it heats up quickly at this elevation.

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

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.

probably one of the more decent trails in the area. The falls area is worth a look if you can back in there.

The trail at some of the dry river bed crossings aren't marked so keep your eyes peeled or you might end up scrambling up or down the river bed for a while before you realize you aren't in the trail.

This is a solid 4.4 mile hike (8.8mi out and back) starting with a mild 1.4mi flat / paved surface climb. The remaining 3 miles is mostly a gradual 1,000ft climb with mixed rocky, sandy, and step up & down path. Took us about 2hrs with few breaks. The trail ends at the falls which cannot be seen until the last few hundred feet of the trail.

Signage along the path is confusing and limited. It is easy to get off the trail. You will cross the Bear Creek like 3-4 times which also makes it easy to lose the trail. It is heavily trafficked so adjusting should not be difficult. Cellular signal was available throughout the trail.

The falls were dry when we arrived. The water was pretty murky. Beyond that, this is a moderate trail with beautiful scenery. Well worth the trip!

Head out on the trail before 8 am and you will have a nice amount of coverage from the sun one the way to 7 falls. Water felt great and even though it wasn’t running, the upper pool was a very nice place to take a dip and cool off. The hike back will offer little protection from the sun so make sure to re-apply sun screen after swimming and save a majority of your water for the hike back.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous views! However, the upper section of this trail was more difficult than I thought it would be from previous reviews- once you turn up toward the window, it is more scrambling than hiking. Definitely possible that recent rains have washed out sections of the trail; I would recommend high ankle boots and bounding poles for the more difficult sections. The view was amazing though.

Pretty good hike. Make sure you bring lots of water and use sunscreen as you will be in the sun the majority of the time. No flowing water at this time though...

Great hike with amazing views... but it's easy to go off the path.. needs more signs showing the way up/down. bear canyon trail #29

Giving this trail 5 for brutal!! Awesome trail but kinda hard areas... sometimes hard to follow trail but we found it back easy!! Saw javelinas and mama deer and baby!! Started at 6am but coming back down got pretty hot!! Will do again for sure!!

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