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Point 6237 - Ventana Esperero Traverse, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Shuttle 8.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,015 feet
Elevation Gain 3,222 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,950 feet
Avg Time Hiking 5-8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 21.66
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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16  2016-12-30 air
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Routes 17
Photos 307
Trips 44 map ( 349 miles )
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Location Tucson, Arizona
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Sun  5:17am - 7:34pm
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Point 6237 is the first high point on the ridge to Window Peak between Ventana and Esperero Canyons. A lovely ridge is visible from many parts of town leading up to it from Ventana Canyon. When at Cardiac Gap on the Esperero trail, one can see a way down that seems doable.

Start at Ventana Canyon trailhead and attain the ridge at whatever point you think is right for you. I started off-trail at about 1 mile from the trailhead. Once you achieve the main ridge, follow it to the peak. The beauty of the entire ridgeline is stunning, and you will have a hard time not stopping to take it all in. On close approach to the peak, you will see a relatively wide gully between some of the cliffs, which is the easiest way towards the summit. At the summit is a group of hoodoos. It should be somewhat clear which one is the highest, and a bit of scrambling will get you there.

I decided to return via the ridgeline that falls towards Cardiac Gap. This ridgeline is much broader but also just as beautiful. As you approach Esperero Canyon, you must take care, not to cliff out. My track went into a very thorny gulley and then into a notch right before the falls. It's likely better (though I can't guarantee it) to cross the creek a bit south, but the falls area is pretty nice. Next is a steep section up to Cardiac Gap, where you will find the Esperero trail. It's about 3.5 miles to the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center from Cardiac Gap.

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2016-03-17 air
    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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    To Ventana Trailhead
    1) From I-10 head east on W Ina Rd for 6.9 mi
    2) Continue onto E Skyline Dr for 1.9 mi
    3) Continue onto E Sunrise Dr for 3.2 mi
    4) Turn left onto N Craycroft Rd and follow 2.5 mi
    5) Turn left onto N Resort Dr and follow 0.1 mi
    6) Ventana Trailhead Parking is on your left. It is a large slender lot. Trail takes off from the end.

    If you continue to far on N Resort Dr you will quickly enter the resort on Flying V Rd, turn around.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 117 mi, 1 hour 57 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 15.4 mi, 29 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 260 mi, 4 hours 6 mins
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