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Window Peak, AZ

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Warning! Technical climbing skills required. Risks include serious injury to death.  Risks are not eliminated by skill.
Climb Consensus (7) → View
Difficulty 3rd
Climb I Boulder
Rock Granite Excellent
Length 20 ft 2 Pitches
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Difficulty 4.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 13.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,002 feet
Elevation Gain 4,458 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,650 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 36.85
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
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9  2021-03-31 Jim_H
14  2018-12-08
Window Rock and Window Peak
25  2016-10-04 air
19  2016-03-16
Window Peak via Finger Rock
5  2015-04-02
Catalina Trifecta II
9  2015-03-28
Kimball - Window Peak - Cathedral Trifecta
7  2014-12-10
The Window via Ventana
2  2014-12-10
The Window via Ventana
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Routes 67
Photos 8,830
Trips 1,985 map ( 12,014 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Apr, Mar, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:42am - 7:16pm
Official Route
7 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
🔥 View (All) - over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

Open the window on this peak
by Jim_H

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 great views, as always. Descend Ventana Canyon, or Esperero Canyon if you are doing a shuttle.

This is in season almost all year, except 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.

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2012-07-19 Jim_H
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike & climb trip
    From Grant and Craycroft in Tucson, take Craycroft north toward the Pusch Ridge. Craycroft turns into Kolb, and shortly after doing so, there is a turn on the left side (right if coming up Kolb) for the trailhead. It is marked with a brown sign indicating the trailhead. Parking is at the back of the Ventana Resort Employee Parking Lot.
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