Pusch Peak via Linda Vista Trail

HARD 124 reviews
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Pusch Peak via Linda Vista Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2578 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

Note: This trail is in the Coronado National Forest desert bighorn closure area, so the Pusch Peak Trail is closed to the public between January 1 and April 30. Short but difficult hike with incredible mountaintop views. Definitely not for the amateur. Although short in distance, this hike will carry you up 2000 ft in no time. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended, you're venturing into serious ankle-breaking territory. However, if properly equipped, this hike will give you plenty to smile about as you scramble up onto 3 separate peaks before reaching your destination of Pusch Peak. As you start out, be sure and head down the trail on the left side, after about 500 yards you'll come to a fork in the trail, stay to the right on the "main trail". Once you get to the "mileage" marker look to your right (East) and you'll spot the trail leading you into the mountain range, otherwise, you'll end up making a big circle and winding up back at the trailhead. If your not up for a major hike this lower loop does just fine. A pair of climbing gloves is a big help as your going to be scrambling on boulders. Definitely intense, but well worth it, you're in for a stunning visual experience.

7 days ago

I’m 7 years old and made almost to the top then ran down and my dad could barely keep up. Fun trail. Will go back soon and make it to the top. Dad has to buy me hiking shoes and gear first!

hiking
8 days ago

Great challenging hike. Start early before 9am. Very rocky, hiking boots required.
The only thing - at the beginning of the ascent to the peak there is a little “cave” consisting of fallen rocks right next to the trail. Do not stop here. Both times I have done this trail I have been attacked by the bees that live right next to it. So try to get past that spot ASAP but be careful not to fall.

hiking
22 days ago

Tough and very steep. Awesome views!

30 days ago

One of the hardest I’ve done. Very rocky and gets steeper the further you go. BUT, The view from the top is totally worth it. 4hrs RT for me including breaks and snacks at the top.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice little climb!

hiking
30 days ago

One of my Tucson favorites! Making your way to the top gives some of the best views of Oro Valley and Tucson.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail doesn't get any easier even on my 6th time!! but will sure do it again and again!!

hiking
1 month ago

Made my friend Elizabeth make it to the top,, it was super windy and cold,, but awesome hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

Just finished this hike for the 5th time. It is very steep, great workout and awesome views. Last week I saw 5 big horns early in the beginning when just starting up the canyon. Very cool. Highly recommend it.

1 month ago

It really was difficult but had some of the most amazing views! Take your time and enjoy the view!

hiking
1 month ago

You can’t trail run after about a half mile. Great hike! Definitely not for beginners. We did it round trip in 3:45 with plenty of breaks.

hiking
2 months ago

That was one tough hike. 3 hours up, 1.5 hours down.

3 months ago

This hike kicked my ass... some serious elevation up a canyon with consistent rock stepping practically up to your waist. Sometimes on all fours.

Multiple saddles and peaks to climb to if you can't make it up to the tippity top. But gorgeous views all around of the mountain range across the way and of downtown Tucson.

hiking
3 months ago

Very steep hike felt like we were mountaineering and not hiking....very loose rocks everywhere. Got to about the halfway point and decided to turn around did not like having to crawl on all fours. I have noticed quite a few hikers have not completed this trail and or completed and never tried again.....that says a lot. Glad we tried, will be back to other trails.

hiking
3 months ago

What a brutal but awesome hike!! Second time and made it to the top again.. saw four big horn and a baby!, so 5 total!! Just amazing creatures!! Definitely will do this again!!

hiking
4 months ago

Some loose areas and a little overgrown in places, but an awesome hike. Long pants are suggested as there are many areas of with cactus and other thorny plants. As you leave the trailhead it starts out very gradual, but that doesn't last. Things get steep in a hurry. The peak is worth the struggle. Amazing 360 degree view from the top. Went 1:45 up and 1:15 down.

hiking
6 months ago

Great workout with impressive views of Tucson at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Hard hike but amazing views, finally got to see the bighorn sheep and some deer!!

hiking
9 months ago

wow, what a workout, but how amazing is it to get to the top...so worth the pain.

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of fun, nice cool breeze, sometimes gusting, it blew my baseball cap off. Beautiful scenery. Love all the flowers, just be careful of the thorns. God gets all the glory for His beautiful creation! Wearing hiking boots and using walking sticks sure helped.

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