Linda Vista Trail - Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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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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15  2020-12-04
Pusch Peak Traverse
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
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Author JimmyLyding
author avatar Guides 111
Routes 433
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Trips 781 map ( 4,566 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:34am - 7:27pm
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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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Coronado Forest
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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.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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