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Cathedral Rock via Esperero Trail
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Cathedral Rock via Esperero TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2013
rvcarter
Hiking17.10 Miles 6,090 AEG
Hiking17.10 Miles
6,090 ft AEG
 
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I posted a gps track on 3/14/2013 of this hike by 7 hikers from Saddlebrooke. It is an awesome, butt kicking hike that took us 12 hours from Sabino. I had 18.1 miles and 6400 aeg. Great flow at Bridal Veil Falls. The trail after the first few hundred yards from the saddle is difficult to follow; there are cairns all over the place, so be careful to pick the best way to go up. I recommend the route we used for our descent, even though there is one 20 foot rock chute with a knotted rope at one point where the trail goes thru a gap.

The best addition I can offer to the other triplogs is some guidance on finding the rope to help climb the highest peak. The highest point is the northernmost peak (it's difficult to tell which is the highest from the surrounding area) and is at 12S 514765 mE, 3583297 mN and the rope is on the west (left as you come up from the ridge) side. There is an opening that visitors have hacked through the brush to the bottom of the rope. Actually, there are two good ropes now, both attached to a well entrenched tree in the notch 40-50 feet above. Five of us climbed it, including one experienced technical climber who thought the rope was in good shape and safe (as of 3/13/2013). I can't imagine climbing this without a rope.

While on the top, don't forget to look WSW for an excellent view of Window Rock. On the way back to the visitor center, just try to keep your mind on something other than the hike. It's brutal.
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