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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2013
Mountain_Rat
Hiking5.26 Miles 3,283 AEG
Hiking5.26 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.12 mph
3,283 ft AEG      30 Mns Break9 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
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.
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Peak 4910 - The Cleaver
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