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Esperero Trail #25, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 9.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,724 feet
Elevation Gain 4,573 feet
Accumulated Gain 5,095 feet
Avg Time One Way 4.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 26.48
Backpack Possible & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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3  2021-01-13
Sabino Canyon Social Trails
1  2020-05-20 Pivo
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Cathedral Rock - Hutch's Pool Traverse
7  2019-12-30 jtaylor
8  2019-03-09
Esperero Canyon loop
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Window Rock and Window Peak
2  2018-03-24 Pivo
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Esperero to Window Peak
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Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Dec, Apr → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:37am - 7:22pm
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23 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
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Elevator - Going UP!
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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.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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 $$
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2021 - FAQ
$8 per vehicle per day
$10 per vehicle per week
$40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

2021 Catalina State Park
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/bicycle: $3.00

2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

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 Sabino Canyon Recreation Trailhead
From the intersection of Tanque Verde and Grant/Kolb Rd head northeast on Tanque Verde. Turn left at the second light on Sabino Canyon Rd. Go about 8 miles up Sabino Canyon Rd and you come to a four way stop with Sunrise. Go straight through the intersection and take the next right into the parking lot of Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Signs marking the way start on North Kolb road.

This is the universal directions to Sabino Canyon Recreation Center. Hikes take off from all directions and some you might need to hike another trail to get to the start of your hike. Reference the hike summary for details.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 117 mi - about 1 hour 57 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 14.1 mi - about 30 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 261 mi - about 4 hours 1 min
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