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Pusch Peak Trail

 4.4 (13)

1.9 Miles 3.0 Kilometers


47%

Runnable

2,605' 794 m

Ascent

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Descent

27%

Avg Grade (15°)

75%

Max Grade (37°)

5,332' 1,625 m

High

2,726' 831 m

Low

Shared By Victor Othon

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

Victor Othon

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

Good trail running shoes a must. Watch for ankle high cactus and brush. Gaiter traps work well for that. Running gloves are also helpful for just incase of trips and falls.

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 runner. 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

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

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Jun 16, 2017
Michelle Staebell

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  4.4 from 13 votes

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pics don't do justice to the sheer madness of this trail. If you're in the area give it a try. A quick glance at the Strava should give you an idea at the effort. Water, water, water. Also, please don't do this with sun exposure. Early am in June this trail was perfect. Low 70's and always in the shade. You will need to focus on not tumbling down a ledge 1000 feet down into a ravine when "running" the down, don't add heat exhaustion to your sack of troubles. Jul 31, 2018

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