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Window Peak, at 7458', is the second highest peak on the Pusch Ridge. Many who hike past Window Peak might not know there is a pretty easy way to the summit. With a trail coming so close, it is hard to believe so few seem to summit it. A short class 3 scramble is required to do so, but if you've been on rock at all, you should have no trouble gaining the summit.
The fastest and shortest way to Window Peak is up Ventana Canyon to the Esperero Trail Junction. Take the Esperero trail towards the Window, and continue past that to the second saddle, or the one on the south side of Window Peak. Once at the second, or southern saddle, look north toward window peak. From here, there is a small social trail marked by cairns leading to the north. You can follow the cairns almost to the summit, which is not visible and is behind two large pillars. The trail isn't always obvious, but as long as you go up, and try to go towards the pillars, you'll be fine. As you enter the space between the pillars, continue to the back and you will end up at the base of a very short, two pitch scramble.
The lower scramble is aided by an oak tree, and gains some large boulders. From there, the upper scramble is hindered by another tree and takes you almost to the summit. Specific directions are not that useful for this climb, just go up. On top, there is a small jar for a summit register and some really great views, as always. Descend down Ventana Canyon, or Esperero Canyon if you are doing a shuttle.
This is in season almost all year, with the exception of when snow or ice might make the climb dangerous, and those active monsoon days when storms are around. Just bring lots of water in summer.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.