Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Pusch Ridge Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 hours ago

I’ve been here three weeks and this was my third hike (Pusch Peak, Mt. Kimball, now this)—up to The Window—a must-see happy ending. The canyon part, roughly 75% of the trail, is moderately grown up with foliage from the monsoons. I saw an Arizona Black Rattler, Tiger Rattler, Black-Nose Gartersnake, a centipede, and quite a few mammals. My dad would’ve labeled the canyon as “snakey”. If that doesn’t bother you, you’ll love this one of a kind hike. The trail crosses the dry canyon creek about 15 times, but the trail is well-marked with cairns. I blew through 6L of water and ran out about 45 minutes from the truck. Spending about an hour at the window, taking pictures, and getting snakes out of my way—took me 11 hours to go 20 miles. And I’m built like a goddamn mythological god. So start early, pack at least 6L of water, keep an eye out for snakes, and find the amo can at The Window so you can sign in!

hiking
7 hours ago

Great hike up to The Window. Tough. There’s a lot of small foliage in the canyon section (like 75% of the route) because of the rains. I started at 5:30am and saw three snakes, a centipede, and mule deer. Like my dad would say, “it’s snakey “. But if that doesn’t bother you, the canyon trail is unique to what I’ve done locally, and The Window is a true happy ending. Find the amo can and sign in!

Lots of wildlife since monsoon season has started. We just went an hour in, hour out. It was evening. Came across a rattlesnake in the middle of our path; he wouldn’t let us cross him so we had to make our own way around to get back. Trail was clear. Only two spots where it was narrow enough that the brush touched us. Didn’t see any goats this time but it was highly trafficked for being so close to sunset. A must do and easy trail for anyone!

trail running
8 days ago

The description of this trail is misleading. It might be 2030 feet of elevation gain starting on Mount Lemmon. But running it backwards it was greater than 2030 meters of elevation gain (we logged about 11,000 feet) making it especially brutal. The map directions are spot on, however there’s no reason to take the Meadow Trail 5a. The Mount Lemmon Trail #5 starts at the same Trail head. We took a wrong turn, our mistake not the maps, which cost us about 7 miles turning this into a 20+ mile day. Beautiful views, and running during monsoon season was an added bonus. We’ll definitely take another crack at this. 3 L of water was not enough, especially with our detour, and make sure to pack enough fuel if you’re going to try this as a day trip.

As many times as I have done this trail, it doesn’t get easier but by far my favorite trail!! Happy lucky Sunday, saw big horn at pretty close distance, 8 of them!! And a Gila monster at the top!! Well worth my Sunday!!

on Sunset Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Very easy quick trail with really great views. Bring a camera!

fairly easy trail rocky most of the time. beautiful scenery once past the homes. took me and my younger boys about 3 hours with a couple short breaks. shady 80% of the time coming in if your hiking in early.

Pretty difficult but totally worth it. Took me four hours. My iPhone recorded 7.5 miles for the trail.

Love this trail. I'm a runner but cannot run up this one because it is quite steep. The view going up/at the top is totally worth it though. Provides sweeping scenic views of Tucson and Sabino Canyon.

Easy hike for my kids!

very fun hike. great views of Tucson and beyond.

hiking
1 month ago

Terrific trail. Very pretty, and about an hour in the breeze through the Canyon was wonderful! Servers areas of kush green. Peace and quiet and nature.

I am not from the area (from Corvallis, OR), but it was an excellent hike to enjoy Tucson’s scenery. Great rocky views as you go into the canyon. I don’t think we went all the way to the end of the trail, but we must of been close. The rocky terrain is very doable, but I would suggest hiking boots. Went around 7:30 AM, lots of lizards out to sunbathe!

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike. First time on the trail. Saw 3 snakes though...one king snake at the bottom of the trail and two rattlesnakes within .5 from the end of the trail. One rattled and warned us, almost stepped on the other (was around 945 am). Other than that it was fine!

Love this trail,, saw big horns on the way up and again on the way down!! Lucky day!!

Assent frm. Sabino Canyon Visitor's Center to Mt. Lemmon Peak (El. 9159 ft.). Details: 2-day hike, 1-night camp, Hikers: 3 - 59yrs., 29yrs., 26yrs, Pack Weights: 36lbs, 25lbs, 35lbs respectfully. Water: 14L (2L harvested at Hutch's pool) total 16L for hike, drank 14L. Hike Start Time: 05:45, Trial Route: Parking lot to Tram Road to Sabino Canyon Trl. FS #23 to West Fork Sabino Trl. FS #24 to Mt. Lemmon Trl. #5 to Mt. Lemmon Peak. Approx. Hiking Time: 13hrs., 40min. Approx. Distance: 19miles. Hike End Time: 13:00, 04/15/18. Fantastic Hike! This is a Fall/Winter/Spring hike. Trail becomes much steeper after Hutch's pool. Mt. Lemmon Trail #5 is very technical. Be sure to bring poles.

on Pima Canyon Trail

2 months ago

Gateway to the front range and Pusch Ridge Wilderness. I'll never tire of it.

2 months ago

Aptly named. Pick a cool day, or what passes for cool in Tucson.

2 months ago

This a favorite. In March or April, you might find snow in places. Please do not attempt this in the heat of summer. On the way out, you'll lose a lot of elevation quickly and still have miles to go at low (hot!) elevation. I've assisted several people in the early stages of heatstroke here. Be smart.

hiking
2 months ago

Finally hiked Ventana canyon trail to the window. I've always wanted to get to the window and I finally did it! Perfect day for it. 4 hours up, 3:35 down.

hiking
2 months ago

Very rocky, wear your hiking shoes if you have them. Definitely steady incline on the way in. Very pretty hike!

A bucket list trail! Hiked with my scouts a month ago- only made it half way. Was determined to go solo to the top. Hiked 3.5 hours up and 3 down - not bad for 63 years young. Photographed a small herd of Bighorn Sheep (9) at about 4,300 feet elevation - made the trip really worth it. 360 views from the top were awesome - signed the book - took over 400 photos on this hike. A challenge - but I love challenges!

This was a tough, steep hike but well worth the view from the top. Saw some big horn sheep on the way up. Only lower portion is good for horses. After a certain point it gets too steep and rocky.

Stayed in a Condo sitauted right at trailhead. We used the trail a couple times for morning exercise before it got too hot! So only went halfway up. To that point about 2.5mi and 1000' elevation gain. Nice easy to moderate trek with some good views of the canyon.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful trails in Tucson. It goes on and on and on and unveils more and more of the beautiful Sonoran desert.. it really should be done before 1 April. Really really gorgeous enjoyable hike steady uphill not overly challenging.

Fairly easy hike, I enjoy the views every time I go!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail well indicated

We found the water tank and continued on the west side of the fence to a new house site; but never saw petroglyphs. Without GPS what should we look for?

hiking
3 months ago

First time on this trail. Very nice, good hike. Kids were on the trail and had no trouble climbing the "rock" stairs. (what we call them). We were fortunate to see Big Horn Sheep. Beautiful site

Great workout, pictures don't do there justice it's beautiful up there! Took us about four hours we left at seven and finished 11ish. Saw some bighorn sheep coming down! Bring lots of water.

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