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Ventana Trail #98

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (18)

A front range access trail to the amazing Santa Catalinas.


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Map Key

5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

Point to Point

6,133' 1,869 m

High

3,012' 918 m

Low

3,172' 967 m

Up

51' 15 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

54%

Max Grade (29°)

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Features Birding · Views

Wilderness rules apply.

Description

The trailhead is located next to the Ventana Canyon Resort employee's parking lot. There is dedicated public parking lot for trail visitors and signage to the trailhead is excellent. The trail essentially follows the Ventana Canyon Wash up the canyon (it's typically dry). Two popular reasons to tackle this trail are the Maiden Pools (roughly 4.8 miles from TH) and that it provides access to reach "The Window" which is a 15 by 25 foot opening in solid rock (getting there requires connection to the Esperero Trail #25). The trail is fairly rugged and at times it can be difficult to follow the further from the trailhead you go.

There is a viewpoint at 2.0 miles (soon after the trail departs the drainage bottom for a short stretch) and is a popular destination that makes a good 4 mile round-trip.

For more information, visit the USFS website.

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Chad Dailey

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 18 votes

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The Window at the end of the Ventana Trail.
Oct 31, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ

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Mar 30, 2021
Bernie Marini
First hike in Tucson. Beautiful views, hard to find the trail at times, challenging climb in some places in the heat. 3mi
Mar 29, 2021
Leland Ewing
Round trip distance = 6.2 6.2mi — 2h 30m
Feb 22, 2021
Dana Smith
Dec 1, 2020
tango juliet
First (lower) 2 miles open and clear. No obstacles. — 2h 00m
Nov 2, 2020
Eric Y
11mi — 8h 00m
Feb 29, 2020
Eric Jovel
2h 27m
Nov 29, 2019
Semi Feral
Great trail with amazing views. Steep but well worth the effort.
Aug 25, 2019
Emily Freed
6mi