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Pusch Peak Trail

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 4.5 (22)

A short but tough climb on Pusch Ridge's westernmost peak overlooking the Oro Valley and Tucson.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

Point to Point

5,332' 1,625 m

High

2,726' 831 m

Low

2,605' 794 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

27%

Avg Grade (15°)

75%

Max Grade (37°)

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Description

This trail starts at the Linda Vista Loop Trailhead but intersects the loop trail right down the middle. At just under .7 miles and 380 ft gain in elevation, an "unmaintained trail" sign will designate the beginning of the "real" route up to the peak. We're talking about 25% grade climbing up loose rocks and ankle-biting bushes, shrubs and cactus. This definitely requires long pants and good boots.

In just over 1.25 miles, you'll climb over 2,300ft in elevation on your way up to the peak through a well defined trail. There are a couple of points where the trail isn't defined because you're climbing over exposed rock face, but it's relatively easy to figure out once you've climbed over the rock face. Once you've climbed to the peak, it's a track back down the same way you came up. Keep in mind the loose rocks and possible dry vegetation that might make your steps down the mountain very unstable.

Due to the technicality of the route, this is not a trail for the novice hiker. This will definitely test your leg muscles. Bring electrolyte replacement, plenty of water, and snacks if you're going to be up there for a few hours.

Flora & Fauna

Hikers will see typical southwest Arizona desert vegetation and animals, almost all of it bristly and unfriendly. However, this area has possible ram sightings.

Contacts

Shared By:

Victor Othon with improvements by Eric Jackson

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 22 votes

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in Oro Valley

#146

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  4.5 from 22 votes
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#9

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#146

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You really can't go wrong with the views of Tucson and Oro Valley from the Pusch Peak Trail.
Dec 12, 2016 near Oro Valley, AZ
Sunset from the top of the hill on Linda Vista Loop Trail.
Sep 29, 2016 near Oro Valley, AZ
Gorgeous views of Oro Valley await all who enjoy the Pusch Peak Trail.
Dec 12, 2016 near Oro Valley, AZ
The Pusch Peak Trail offers up beautiful views of Oro Valley.
Dec 12, 2016 near Oro Valley, AZ
Oro Valley can be seen peeking through the mountains on the Pusch Peak Trail.
Dec 12, 2016 near Oro Valley, AZ

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Apr 18, 2020
Joseph Radigan
beautiful views and will definitely wear you out. great to spend a morning and afternoon on this hike. Look out for cacti! 7mi — 5h 00m
Mar 4, 2020
Mark Christy
Started @ 8am and was in the shade until the summit, this was the plan and worked out perfectly. Awesome Hike, took us 1:50 to reach the summit
Dec 21, 2019
hdjohnson
Up part way to do some rock climbing 2mi — 1h 15m
Dec 15, 2019
Arthur Shune
1.9mi — 0h 53m
Dec 6, 2019
hdjohnson
Up part way to check out some climbing areas 2mi
Nov 10, 2019
Nick Wilder
Sep 29, 2019
Eric Jackson
Didn't do the whole trail; just had an hour, but it was still fun 1.8mi — 1h 00m
Feb 25, 2019
Eric Jackson
very short hike before dinner 1mi