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Linda Vista Trail - Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,680 feet
Elevation Gain 400 feet
Accumulated Gain 450 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.25
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2  2018-12-17 gummo
6  2017-11-09 mike2cons
1  2016-04-19 fricknaley
9  2015-12-28
Pusch Peak Traverse
2  2015-12-05
Pusch Peak
5  2015-03-04
Pusch Peak
1  2013-08-23
Pusch Peak
1  2008-11-14 tecdivr
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Author JimmyLyding
author avatar Guides 109
Routes 335
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Trips 568 map ( 3,575 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:12am - 6:21pm
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by JimmyLyding

Easy trail. Start at the trailead, and you head south-southeast. The trail looks daunting from the trailhead, but don't worry. It doesn't gain elevation like Finger Rock Canyon or Ventana Canyon. If you catch a cool day when the sun is positioned just right (good luck), you'll have many opportunities for taking photos. You go up a little until you hit the junction with the faint trail to the top of Pusch Peak. The trail isn't that difficult, but you'll still feel a little bit of work. You'll follow a relatively shallow canyon up towards the junction. Go right at the junction, and you head down. Again, it's not that bad. You'll have lots of views of Oro Valley. You'll have beautiful views of a saguaro forest below, and the rock formations of Pusch Ridge above. Follow the trail down until you about level-out. Follow the trail due north until you return to the Linda Vista Trailhead. The trail will go along the east side of a school. There are spectacular views of the Tortolitas at this point. An easy after-work hike for people who live in north- and northwest metro Tucson. This trail is a great place to see the more-mundane smaller wildlife around Tucson including rabbits, doves, quail, and snakes. On a clear day you can easily see Picacho Peak.

I have heard that the trip to Pusch Peak is not "too difficult" from the junction, but it looks as if the trail to that summit should best be left to very experience hikers. That trail looks very rocky, unstable, and steep.

A good trail for those who are looking to experience as many trails in the metro Tucson area as possible.

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2007-03-04 JimmyLyding
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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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Linda Vista Trail - Loop
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I headed up Pusch from the Linda Vista side today. I wanted to look into a supposed route between Pusch and The Cleaver. A friend of mine gave me a printed version of the route, which I did my best to replicate into a GPX. He is a climber and has used the route to get from Linda Vista to the Table, so I'm thinking 'Great'.

I left the TH at about 5:45. The temp was 68 and the humidity was high. I was feeling pretty good and was anxious to get to the peak and start my adventure. I passed 2 hikers on their way down, and chatted a bit with them. I got to the top at about 7:30 and took a little break, eyeing The Cleaver, a half mile to the east.

Pretty quick I headed south down the ridge about a tenth of a mile to a small, saddle like drop to the east. I soon saw signs of traffic through the area. The bits and pieces of trail through here seemed to have been forged by humans. The track I had appeared to be pretty consistent with the trails I was following. The brush was rough at times and the going was very slow. I had covered about a third of a mile when I came to a steep chute, dropping 80 to 100 feet :scared: . This was where I pulled the plug for this round. The route definitely looks doable, but in cooler weather and with a partner.

On the return trip, I somehow ended up on the north fork of the Linda Vista Loop. By the time I realized my mistake, I was 10 minutes past the junction, so I decided to finish out the loop. Not as exciting as one would hope, but it's off my list without every having been on the list.
Linda Vista Trail - Loop
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Hiked the south/west/central part of the loop, taking the trail to the right at the Linda Vista trailhead and heading south along the boundary almost to the Calle Concordia trailhead, then heading east to the Pusch Peak trail junction before heading back northwest to the Linda Vista trailhead.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Take Oracle Road north from Tucson. Go right at Linda Vista just north of Calle Concordia. Trailhead is on your right just off of Oracle Road.
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