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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2010
Don Graydon
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.80 mph
2,700 ft AEG
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NOTE: I'm not up on the exactitudes of listing info here. I put down 4.5 miles as the round trip distance, 2-1/2 hours as my time one-way up, and 2700 as the total elevation gain. Maybe someone can set me straight if need be.

On my last visit to Tucson, someone told me there was a scramble route up Pusch Peak that started at the top of a little hiking trail called Linda Vista. So I went there Nov. 11 and hiked the seven-tenths of a mile to the top of the trail and, sure enough, found a 9x12-inch metal sign mounted on a metal pole at a point where a rough spur trail heads up toward a canyon to the right of Pusch Peak. The fact that nothing was printed on the sign didn't seem too important: it still seemed to be a signal that "This is it!"

I was overjoyed to discover that the spur trail -- rough and steep and slippery -- goes all the way to the summit. I had envisioned some cross-country bushwhacking, but blessedly there was none. No switchbacks here: it's all relentlessly straight upward. I started out at 7:30 and hiked all the way in shade -- no sun until the top thanks to the trail's northern exposure.

The average gain per mile for the summit spur trail is around 1400 feet. Compare this with the average gain per mile on the steepest section of the Wasson Peak hike: 800 feet.

At the comfortable summit you can stretch out on rounded, sloping granite and take in the 360-degree views. This is a highly recommended outing because it's a relatively quick and uncomplicated ascent to an attractive nearby peak.

As usual on a hiker's track like this, coming down is trickier than going up. Lots of opportunity for slipping. For me, trekking poles are an essential to save the knees.
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