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Pusch Peak via Pima Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.34 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,919 feet
Elevation Gain 2,447 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,501 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.85
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
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Pusch Peak Traverse
9  2015-12-28
Pusch Peak Traverse
Author Mountain_Rat
author avatar Guides 11
Routes 106
Photos 676
Trips 219 map ( 2,167 miles )
Age 58 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → Early
Sun  5:17am - 7:34pm
Official Route
2 Alternative

Pusch Whack
by Mountain_Rat

This is a great example of an alternate route to a frequently visited peak in the Catalina range. This is a true off trail hike. There is no trail, there are no cairns, just a ridge line to follow.

You’ll leave the Pima Canyon trailhead as usual, traveling east. Right at a half mile from the trailhead, you should arrive at a large slab of rock, sloping uphill to your left, which should work itself into a very distinct ridge. If this is the case, turn left and leave the trail, following the slab upward. From here to Pusch, the general rule is to stay on the ridge.

As you depart the Pima Canyon trail, it is important that you look up at Pusch and the ridge that will connect you to it. There is one pivotal feature, about 1/2 of the way up that should be your interim guide. It is a distinctive rock spine that is easily seen from any point along your journey. Now that you’re briefed, let’s go.

Head northish, ever mindful to keep on the high ground, even though the terrain may seem flat at times, remember the rule. You will come in and out of brush and shin daggers throughout the trek. This isn’t too bad, but I wear pants, gloves and long sleeves for this one. Once on the ridge for just short of a mile, you’ll reach the base of the ‘rocky spine’ mentioned earlier. There, you’ll want to pick your preferred method of climbing the scree field that guards its approach. Your path is definitely right (east), as there is NO passage on the other side. Be careful here, as it’s very loose. Now past the scree field, you will feel prematurely relieved, as once again, the terrain would seem to be more mellow. Don’t get used to it, as you will soon be confined to the ridge (a rather narrow one at times) until you reach the peak.

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2015-12-24 Mountain_Rat
    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.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Iris O. Dewhirst Trailhead
    Drive north from Tucson on Oracle Road (US 89). Turn east on Magee Road and drive to the parking area and trailhead at the road's end.


    From Tucson, drive north on Campbell Avenue until you reach Skyline Drive. Turn left on Skyline, which will eventually become Ina Road. Continue on Ina Road until you reach Christie Drive. Follow Christie Drive north until it dead-ends at Magee Road. Turn right on Magee and follow it until you arrive at the Iris O. Dewhirst Trailhead on your right.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 110 mi - about 1 hour 44 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 9.6 mi - about 19 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 253 mi - about 3 hours 50 mins
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