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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2012
sirena
Hiking4.52 Miles 2,283 AEG
Hiking4.52 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   1.21 mph
2,283 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
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Finally hiked up Pusch Peak from the southeast ridge route! I have been looking at this one for a while and when I heard that temps were only supposed to hit 80, I decided to go for it. Driving up to the Pima Canyon TH, the mountains were covered in a dramatic low cloud. I had shade for most of my hike uphill.

I hiked about a half-mile on the Pima Canyon Tr. until I was near the base of the ridge and went off-trail toward the spine of the ridge. The route was made a bit easier by people who had been out pulling up buffelgrass on the slope. Thanks! There is a large rocky outcropping on the ridge that I was aiming for as my first objective. The ridgeline gets narrow and rocky in parts and steeply gains elevation. Getting closer to the outcropping, I angled right and hiked up along the base of the cliff. Toward the top end of the cliff, there was a saddle with great views and a spot to take a break before continuing.

The next objective was to get up the grassy slope above the cliffband. Once I reached the top of the slope, I could see the ridge stretching out in front of me and Pusch Peak looking very far away and to my left. I made my way along the ridge, contouring under Peak 4920. The skies had cleared by this point and the views were incredible into Pima Canyon and northward. The Cleaver looks amazing from this angle. The terrain gets more bouldery and dramatic as the ridge turns toward the summit. There is more vegetation, but nothing too bad. As I arrived at the summit, there were two college-age guys who looked like they were wondering where I came from. So I showed them- there is a great view of the entire ridge route from the summit. I relaxed at the summit for a while, it was an absolutely perfect day for it. The first cool day of the fall is so exciting!

I had to be back in town for a meeting, so instead of taking the southeast ridge back down, I opted to instead go down the Linda Vista side and call Mr. Sirena for a shuttle back to my car. You know you've been bushwhacking when you think the Linda Vista route seems quite reasonable and compact. Loved this route and can't wait for more Pima Canyon explorations before it gets closed for phantom bighorn season.
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