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black Esperero Trail #25

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9.7 mile 15.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 4,844' 1,476 m
Descent: -1,389' -423 m
High: 7,271' 2,216 m
Low: 2,722' 830 m

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Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)

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Trail shared by Chad Dailey

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Minor Issues 63 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 trail leading from Sabino Canyon to the high peaks of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.

Chad Dailey

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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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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

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