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Esperero Trail #25

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A trail leading from Sabino Canyon to the high peaks of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.


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9.7

Miles

15.6

KM

Point to Point

7,271' 2,216 m

High

2,722' 830 m

Low

4,844' 1,476 m

Up

1,389' 423 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

50%

Max Grade (27°)

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Wilderness rules apply.

Description

The trail begins approximately 0.1 miles from the start of the Bear Canyon Trail #29 in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, but it is often started from the Cactus Picnic Area approximately 0.5 miles up the tram road.

The first mile is fairly tame, but from there until the 4.5-mile mark is a more strenuous climb, and you'll enjoy a slight reprieve before the climbing resumes. Just before mile 7, the Cathedral Rock Trail #26 jaunts to the northeast. After passing the high point, you'll reach the reason most folks head up this rugged trail: "The Window". At the end, the trail joins both Finger Rock Trail #42 and Ventana Canyon.

This trail is often combined in a loop with Ventana Canyon or more commonly the combination of Sabino Canyon Trail #23, East Fork Trail #24, and Cathedral Rock Trail #26 for a 21+ mile jaunt through the canyons (the loop is recommended CCW).

For more information, visit the USFS website.

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Chad Dailey

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The Window at the end of the Ventana Trail.
Oct 31, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ
The Window in Ventana Canyon
Apr 22, 2015 near Oro Valley, AZ

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Nov 21, 2019
JT Anderson
Feb 17, 2019
Levi Kenyon
Did 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… 10mi
Feb 17, 2018
lisa picard
Dec 9, 2017
Abby Wellumson