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Elevator - Going UP!
There are many reasons to visit this trail, but easy hiking is not one of them. Many hikers start along this trail that includes several miles of hard climbing because it leads to The Window, a 15' by 25' hole in a fin-like ridge that extends out from Window Peak on Pusch Ridge. For those who get to the top, this creation of gravity and frost frames an unforgettable view of Tucson and the mountains and valleys beyond. For those who choose to stop at points of interest that you can reach with less effort, there are plenty of rewards as well.
Esperero Canyon Trail starts in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, either from the Bear Canyon walkway just past the parking lot or pick it up from Sabino Road by Cactus Picnic Area or from Rattlesnake Trail opposite Shuttle Stop #1. If you come on any except the hottest days of summer, you'll be surprised at the amount of wildlife there is to see in the desert. From its starting point, the trail passes through stands of wildly shaped saguaro cactus as it climbs up and over a low ridge into Bird Canyon. This serves as a warm-up for the lung-busting scramble up a particularly rocky section of the trail that goes up and over a second ridge and finally drops into Esperero Canyon. The trail then dodges its way up-canyon into Geronimo Meadow, crossing the creek on several occasions. Water can be found along this stretch during the wettest times of the year and sometimes at Mormon Springs, but don't count on it!
Above Geronimo Meadow, the trail climbs steeply up and out of the canyon to the ridge near Window Peak and finally to the Window itself. Take care when you get there. There is a sheer drop of over a hundred feet just outside that window.
Attractions: Desert canyon, access to the top of Pusch Ridge, spectacular views, and wildlife!
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This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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