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Pusch Peak - 36 members in 199 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 08 2019
SpiderLegs
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2019
SpiderLegs
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,720 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.86 mph
1,720 ft AEG
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One last shakedown cruise with a loaded pack before my Grand Canyon trip next week. Been laying low to rest my feet a bit and hoping that the fitness from the summertime holds over another 10 days.

Perfect temps and in the shade the entire hike. Plus no bee sightings to report.
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Sep 26 2019
jrousoshammond
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31 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2019
jrousoshammond
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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Finally cooling down a bit! Lots of people headed to the summit for a weekday, including an out of towner here for work who was nice company for much of the hike.

TONS of what I assume was sheep scat on the trail...
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Sep 02 2019
jrousoshammond
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31 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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Significantly cooler weather than last week even with a later start. Very clear day, nice breeze, no bees, only one minor prickly pear incident. Autumn and pleasant daytime desert hikes are imminent...hopefully.
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Aug 26 2019
jrousoshammond
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31 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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Hot and no breeze until the very top. Luckily I started early enough to only get sun on the last ~30 mins of the descent. Otherwise a nice day, trail is in good shape, no sign of the bees in their usual spot.
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Aug 01 2019
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog3.10 Miles 1,670 AEG
Run/Jog3.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.07 mph
1,670 ft AEG
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Sweaty Pusch climb today. Went up for 45 minutes and turned around. Bees seem docile for the summer, let me pass without issue today.
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Jul 14 2019
jrousoshammond
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31 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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A fairly routine summer Pusch - it was nasty humid from rain the night before, but the sun is on the other side of the mountain the whole way up. Saw one sheep looking down at us from the flatiron.
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Mar 15 2019
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
SpiderLegs
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   2.11 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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Heading out of town this weekend and wanted to sneak in a quick hike/run with a bit of AEG. Did a simple out and back, went up for 45 minutes and then turned around. The trail is a bit loose in spots from all of the rain, a few rocks that were solid steps in the past were a bit shaky today.

The bees are out and active in the usual spot and I finally got nailed. Took a couple in the neck.
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Dec 31 2018
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2018
fricknaley
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   1.89 mph
2,676 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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before going in to work for a few hours

it was pretty frickin cold, and downright freezing on the summit with strong enough wind that i couldn't stand it for more than a minute or two :o

up in 1:14

Happy New Year HAZ friends :y:
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Dec 24 2018
Jim_H
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40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2018
Jim_H
Hiking4.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.96 mph
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4 years ago I did this quite frequently. Today it felt special. There were a lot of people on this hike, more than I ever saw before. Very worn trail, too. The air was clean down here, more so than the Valley. Enjoying the nice weather I did the longer half of the loop at the bottom and added in a mile.
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Dec 20 2018
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2018
Pivo
Hiking4.48 Miles 2,785 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.80 mph
2,785 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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Dec 20 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,644 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.76 mph
2,644 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
 
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I was on my way out of town for Christmas, and was going through Tucson and decided to stop and do this hike, which had been on my radar screen for a while.

This is a short hike, but you'll get a good workout -- the average grade is close to 25% for the 2.2 miles to the top. Most of the elevation gain is after the first mile, with the average grade being right at 30% during that segment (a gain of 1,900' over 1.2 miles).

People always seem to say that Blacketts Ridge is the toughest little hike in Tucson; however, I think that Blacketts takes a backseat to Pusch Peak!
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Nov 20 2018
jrousoshammond
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31 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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Perfectly timed trip up this standby- good weather and just enough sunlight for the way back. Surprised to see just other one solo hiker.
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Nov 18 2018
ohiobike
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61 male
 Joined Nov 05 2015
 oro valley, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2018
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Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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Hiked to Pusch Peak this morning. On each of my previous 8 efforts, I always lose the trail in the upper reaches and end up bushwhacking and expected the same with the monsoon rains. However, the trail was very distinct and easy to follow. Came very close to a Bighorn as it crossed the trail. Awesome.
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Oct 14 2018
SpiderLegs
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2018
SpiderLegs
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   2 Hrs      1.60 mph
1,750 ft AEG
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Finally had a break in the rain this afternoon and needed to stretch my legs. Heading off to the Grand Canyon next week, so the next few workouts are nothing but easy strolls. Did this as a ruck hike with with a loaded pack and the only goal was to get out for a few hours on a glorious Sunday afternoon. My intention was to take it easy and head to the flatiron for about 90 minutes. But on the way up happened to bump into Roy for a chance meeting. So stuck around with Roy and had a pleasant conversation up to our turnaround point. We've been swapping emails over the summer and had been trying to find time to meet upon his return to town. Altered my plans and just kept hiking with him until we got back to our cars. We both went up to the vista I've gone to before that is just shy of where the trail gets really steep.

Overall a great hike up one of my new favorite trails and bonus points for meeting a mutual HAZ'r out on the trail.
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Sep 29 2018
SpiderLegs
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2018
SpiderLegs
Hiking4.20 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.68 mph
2,676 ft AEG
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Getting ready for a GC trip next month and taking a recovery week the past seven days. Cut my mileage and AEG substantially to take it easy on the legs. So used this as a shakedown cruise to fine tune some new equipment and finalize my shoe choice. Made it to the top in 1:13, so I was happy with that. First time to summit the peak and was trying to follow the trail without pulling out RouteScout to assist. The trail is a tad bit overgrown in spots, but easy to follow. With this being only 10 minutes from my house, I can see quite a few more summits in my future. Simply a great training hike, light crowds and views that put my old training hikes in Phoenix to shame.

Played it cautious on the descent, didn't want to risk rolling my ankle this close to my trip. Plus stopped a time or two for pictures or to chat with other hikers heading up.
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Sep 06 2018
SpiderLegs
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52 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog3.20 Miles 1,800 AEG
Run/Jog3.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.13 mph
1,800 ft AEG
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Training for another GC trip and need some quick and easy AEG. The trailhead is less than 10 minutes from my house, so I can get out there and back home before 8 AM. I haven't been here since all of this summer's rain, but a combination of the rain and sheep traffic has left portions of the trail pretty loose. So had to watch my footing coming down in numerous places. This week just wanted to get in 90 minutes, so went up for 45 and back for 45.

Lots of yellow jackets around, but they left me alone. Did see a few bees at my turnaround point, but didn't stick around long enough to find out how many of their friends were lingering about.
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Jul 29 2018
jrousoshammond
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 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2018
jrousoshammond
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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Super humid, but thankfully a bit overcast and breezy after the approach. Trail is in good shape. I saw some swarmy bees at the same place they were a few years ago, but only on the way up- didn't see any later. Hopefully they behave themselves...
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Mar 09 2018
markthurman53
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 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Pusch Peak, AZ 
Pusch Peak, AZ
 
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markthurman53
Hiking4.20 Miles 2,652 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.43 mph
2,652 ft AEG   1 Hour   49 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Pusch Peak has been calling me so I decided to do this today. It is only 2.1 miles up and with a return, a total of 4.2 miles. You know a trail is going to be tough when the Accumulated Elevation Gain (AEG) in thousands of feet exceeds the miles. This hike has an AEG of 2652 feet with only 5 feet of drop on the way to the peak, so it is not only steep but it is continuous. The first mile gains 600 feet so the last mile does the other 2150 feet, I probably spent about half that last mile on both hands and feet. Once at the top the 360 degree views were well worth it. I can’t decide what was worse, the going up or the down both were hard on the muscles and the joints. Great hike, although I probably won’t be doing this again anytime soon.
I did not see any bighorn on this hike but then I was concentrating more on the trail than on the surrounding hillsides. There was a trickle of water in the creek below the trail near the lower waterfall.
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Feb 25 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   1.92 mph
2,676 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Second hike of the day. Had a late lunch at BK's and then decided there was still enough time for one more. Pusch Peak always packs a punch! Love this little beast!
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Dec 24 2017
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,676 AEG
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Christmas Eve afternoon hike. The climb was a kick in the face as always, but it felt great. Some young woman was being hauled out by search and rescue on a bike-wheel gurney with a sprained ankle on my way down. Craziness.
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