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Ventana Peak - Sawtooth Mountains, AZ

Guide 3 Triplogs  0 Topics
  3.7 of 5 
no permit
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 8.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,581 feet
Elevation Gain 1,038 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,387 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.04
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek, Perennial Creek & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
 Dogs not allowed
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20  2022-12-24 Jim_H
54  2022-12-24 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 40
Routes 59
Photos 2,320
Trips 202 map ( 1,137 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:20am - 6:02pm
Official Route
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from the lost stargate archway to the peak
by Mike_W

 Likely In-Season!
The Sawtooth mountains can be seen in the far distance looking west/northwest from Highway I-10 North of Marana and south of the Picacho exit.

It's obvious why these mountains are called the Sawtooths as there are many jagged peaks in the area. This guide describes how to hike to Ventana Peak (Peak 2630). About 200 feet below the peak is a natural arch/window. Also, see my guide on the Ventana Natural Arch which is the main attraction on this mountain.

Follow the guide mentioned above to get to the natural arch. From the natural arch, there are some white arrows on the rock leading up and over the arch. It is best not to follow these arrows as this area is steep and dangerous. There is a much easier way to get to the peak from here.

Head down the steep slope going west for about 200 feet total. You will see some large saguaros in this area. From here you'll want to head north and then northeast. Some areas will require some basic climbing. Spiral around and head toward the high point. Keep in mind that the peak is only about 200 feet as the crow flies from the Natural Arch. But, because of the cliffs in the way, it's best to hike around. Once you made it to the top, look for an ammo box under a pile of rocks. Follow the same route back to get down.

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2022-12-24 Mike_W
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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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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Follow I-10 W to S Sunshine Blvd in Eloy. Take exit 208 from I-10 W. Continue on S Sunshine Blvd to your destination. Turn left onto S Sunshine Blvd. Turn right onto W Harmon Rd. Turn left onto S Toltec Rd. Turn right onto Greene Reservoir Rd. Turn left onto Sunland Gin Rd. Cross over Greene canal and make your next right turn and go Northwest toward a gate. If the gate is closed, open and close it behind you. Continue along the dirt road until the road turns sharply to the left. It should be possible to park here off the road. Please allow room for other vehicles to pass by.
page created by Mike_W on Dec 24 2022 10:27 pm

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