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Pusch Ridge towers over Tucson and the surrounding desert as one of the most prominent features of the Santa Catalina Mountains. With its lower slopes dotted with cactus and its upper reaches dark with pines, this unmistakable landmark makes the point in no uncertain terms that this is a land of extremes

hiking
19 days 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
21 days 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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

I loved it! I like challenging hiking trails, and this one was. I only made it half way up. Was interesting to find all the power lines cut down, yet not removed. Will go again for sure. Views were breathtaking.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, seemed to be steepest during the initial assent. Fun connector to Sycamore Reservoir and further trails. Great views throughout!

great hike! but if you bring your dog, boots are highly highly recommend. the terrain is very rough and will quickly cause pad damage. also, if you hike during summer, be prepared for your self and dog. Not too many sppts for shaded breaks, heat can really take a toll on your dog if you are not careful.

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

hiking
2 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
2 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.

Nice easy trail. I lay on the stone beside the river for a while. Watching the blue sky, listening to the music, I spent a satisfied morning.

When you get to the top of the saddle go easy to Window Rock. Another mile or so. Best hike in the Tucson area I think.

This was an enjoyable 2 hour hike with my tween daughter. This canyon has a tram traveling a ways up on a paved road. There are 2-3 places within the first half of the hike within view of this road/trolley. We enjoyed 2 crossings on rocks over a low stream. The second half is less busy, and most of the time we felt like the only ones in the canyon, with no sight of the city on the other side of the ridge. Beautiful views. A sign warning of recent mountain lion sighting. The only wildlife sled saw were the small lizards though, which was fine by me!

Great hike/run! Spectacular views leaving desert floor and Saguaros behind to high desert. Amazing options to connect up to AZ trail as well. Make sure you have good shoes.

Very difficult, long pants, gloves helped. the 1st .8 mile is almost flat, then at the sign that says 'not a real trail' it gets hard hard hard. The views at the top were amazing. Last year saw a Bighorn Sheep.
Not a beginner trail, bring food & food. Took us 2 hours up and we hike 3 times a week!

Very challenging hike, especially the last 0.2 mile. After the end of the FS maintained Trail (less than 1 mike in), it’s very low traffic and can be super steep in some areas. You’ll be scrambling up some short rock faces and sliding around a bit. Don’t do it if you’re afraid of heights (or do it??). Plan to be on all fours through parts of it and bring lots of water and a camera for the top. You won’t need boots, Trail shoes will work fine. Views are amazing, hike will kick your a**!

Maiden Pools is one of several destinations on the Ventana Canyon Trail. See instructions and reviews for that trail. Not sure why this section is rated moderate and the longer trail hard. I’d say the lower canyon is easy (first mile or so) but as the trail ascends it gets much steeper and more rocky - i.e. hard. The trailhead is within the Ventana Canyon Resort and the first section of the trail runs along an easement through private property. It is well travelled and the trail is obvious.

Great short hike!

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