DISTANCE
13.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4609 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

over grown

no shade

no dogs

hiking
4 months ago

Three of us decided to work off too much turkey on the day after thanksgiving by hiking this trail. We started at the sabino visitors center and headed out on what we thought was a 14.1 mile journey based on all trails which ended up being over 16 miles. When we got to the saddle on Esperaro we did get off the trail a couple of times but with the excellent help of all trails we quickly got back on the trail and were able to continue. I figure total extra distance due to being off the trail was less than a quarter mile. Because we didn't read the past reviews we were surprised at how over grown the trail was and how quickly it could disappear. Once we started following some of the cairns which lead us in the wrong direction. We were also surprised, which we shouldn't have been, on how long it took us to get up some of the steeper sections and how slow the downhills were going down Ventana Canyon. The worst part was thinking we had one mile to go and finding out we had closer to 3 miles left. The last 1.5 miles was done with headlights. Thank goodness we were prepared. This ended up being a 12 hour adventure and it was well worth it. As a word of caution if you do this hike don't rely on the mileage listed by AllTrails and make sure you have at least 5liters or more of water.