Pusch Peak via Linda Vista Trail

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Pusch Ridge Wilderness

Pusch Peak via Linda Vista Trail is a 6.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cortaro, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until December.

Distance: 6.0 km Elevation Gain: 810 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Note: This trail is in the Coronado National Forest desert bighorn closure area, so between January 1 and April 30 it is prohibited to enter beyond 400 feet off designated Forest Service trails. 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 you're not up for a major hike this lower loop does just fine. A pair of climbing gloves is a big help as you're going to be scrambling on boulders. Definitely intense, but well worth it, you're in for a stunning visual experience.

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rocky
9 days ago

Steep most of true way. Rocky. Difficult. The peak, though, is definitely worth it. I lost the trail a couple times (see recording). Paid a lot of attention. To my footing so I’ll blame it on that. Great, challenging hike.

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rocky
14 days ago

Fun challenging hike with amazing views

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rocky
scramble
16 days ago

I started early in the morning so not bad at all, the trail is well mark, definitely it’s not for the beginners, the Hard level its could compare with the Finger Rock trail, it’s just shorter.

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rocky
16 days ago

One of the steepest climbs I’ve done. Very incredible views at the top! Difficult last mile would recommend starting early and bring water despite the short route.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
30 days ago

Really tough hike for this time of year, bring 4L or more per person!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
30 days ago

This is one of the hardest trails I’ve ever hiked! Straight up all the way to the top of the mountain. Pay attention when you’re up on top so you know how to get back down — I lost the trail a few times in the brush. Make sure you leave early! I started at 8 which was a little late. And bring plenty of water — I had almost 2 gallons and ran out on the way down.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Strenuous hike to some great views!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Relaxing and serene...the oasis I was dreaming of during this fairly brutal hike, and it’s more like 4.2 miles

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome trail-running trail

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no shade
rocky
snow
2 months ago

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