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blueBlack Ventana Trail #98

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5.2 mile 8.3 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,172' 967 m
Descent: -51' -15 m
High: 6,133' 1,869 m
Low: 3,012' 918 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 54% (29°)

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Trail shared by Chad Dailey

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Minor Issues 61 days ago See History
Some Mud, Fallen Trees - The rain has caused the river to rise a bit. There are many river crossings where you'll either have to get wet or scramble to find a way to jump across, rock to rock to rock. Someone had gone before us and set up Cairns which helped us out greatly. We also got losts a couple times towards the top, trail was quite overgrown and difficult to follow.

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A front range access trail to the amazing Santa Catalinas.

Chad Dailey

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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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Apr 7, 2019
Kenneth Fox
Feb 17, 2019
Levi Kenyon
d the Esperero Trail to the Window and then continued down the Ventana Trail. We completed 17 miles in 10hrs. Only stopped for a few pictures and s… 6mi
Jan 29, 2019
hdjohnson
Birthday hike with my sweetheart 5mi
Dec 27, 2018
Hemant Deokar
Apr 29, 2018
Nick Wilder
4mi
Mar 21, 2018
Eck Doerry
Awesome trail but not for sissys. About 15mi RT to window. And like 4500 elevation. You’ll be feeling it...
Mar 9, 2018
Annarose Peterson
4mi
Jan 7, 2018
Kristen Culliney
RT miles. Missed the trail around 2 miles in and accidentally followed a deer trail for until it became so scary we turned around and found real trail 4.8mi

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  4.2 from 10 votes

#2

in Tucson

#4798

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#139

in Arizona

#4,798

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