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Sep 24 2022
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2022
SpiderLegsTriplogs 778
Hiking3.23 Miles 1,843 AEG
Hiking3.23 Miles   2 Hrs      1.62 mph
1,843 ft AEG
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The plan was to hit the summit, but the overgrowth is so thick I ended up off course. Where the trail took a bend, the most obvious looking route ended up being a game trail. After floundering around trying to find an alternate route and getting cliffed out, decided to play it safe and retreat.

Lots of activity on the ridge to the north. Kept seeing the DPS helicopter making multiple passes and saw firefighters on the ground waving around. Asked a friend on SARA what was going on, but said that rescue was being done by the local fire department.
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Dec 11 2021
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 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2021
BubbaJuiceTriplogs 9
Hiking4.55 Miles 2,756 AEG
Hiking4.55 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   1.18 mph
2,756 ft AEG      10 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Back on December 31, 2020 I hiked Pusch Peak for the first time. It was super cool. I took a picture of the benchmark and forgot about it. Over the summer, I looked more into benchmarks. I found out how they were everywhere and how unique the PUSCH benchmark was. I learned that it had reference marks, which I had no idea about initially. I studied Google Maps photospheres to get a feel of the layout of the summit and I analyzed pictures of the benchmarks from the geocaching page for the benchmark, knowing the exact location of each benchmark in relation to the layout of the peak. After this effort, I had to hike the peak, but I would have to wait until cooler weather, and therefore winter. As the days passed, Pusch Peak sat there towering with it's impressive orange and white granite cliffs.

I decided to get back onto trails a couple of weeks ago. I decided that I would hike Wasson Peak and then 2 weeks later, Pusch Peak. As the day neared, I checked the weather forecast, Saturday had a high of 67, following a rainy Friday, perfect conditions for hiking.

Today was the day. I got water, oranges, my bag, hiking poles, and tissues. I got to the trailhead at 8:37. It was 40 degrees outside. My hands were freezing, holding onto hiking poles. I quickly traversed the forest service maintained Linda Vista Loop part of the trail. All of the dirt of the trail was moist. Most of the rock faces on the trail were sandy, making them treacherous to go down. Making it to the start of the trail, I saw the welcoming sign for what lay ahead, "Not a forest service system trail beyond this point". The trail quickly steepened and I took in the views of the surrounding area. I saw two rock climbers, at the base of the Pusch Flatiron, getting ready to climb the cliff. My hands had got to a reasonable temperature now. Looking down into the canyon, I saw pools of water and even heard a tiny trickle. I continued up, stopping every once and a while to look behind me at the views. Someone on the way down said that there was a group of 15 heading up the peak in front of me. (It was actually ~25) I thought to myself, "Oh great." I continued on, going uphill towards the peak. I found a spot where there was a footprint of a bighorn sheep on the trail and on a rock outcrop next to it a pile of bighorn sheep scat. Moving on, I noticed the trail steepened a bit more and became rockier and a tiny bit more technical. I made it to maybe 100 feet or so in elevation below the summit that I remembered the trail being flatter up here. It was just as steep as the rest of the trail. Once I was getting close to the top, I saw my first glimpse of the other side of the mountain, containing The Cleaver and Bighorn Mountain. It was pretty cool. I continued on for the last little bit and too the summit. There were upwards of 20 people up there, with only 1 or 2 in the large hiking club group. I thought to myself, "This sucks." I quickly found reference mark 2. I went back to the summit to try and find reference mark 1. I went over to the location if it. It should have been right where I was. I checked past photos of it and I still couldn't find it. I decided it was where a little discolored dip in the rock is. I took another picture of the triangulation station and then went to the south summit. I ate 3 oranges there. I then took a group photo for the hiking club and started heading back down. I immediately noticed that going down was quite a bit harder than going up. Rocks became slip traps and moving along was slow. On one particular, small rock section I placed my foot down on the rock, slipped and I slid down the little section. I slid down on the the left side of a bush and my right arm had scraped up against a dried up stick with thorns all along it. The cuts were minor and I cleaned up my arm with some water. Immediately after standing up I noticed my knees were shaky. I continued on, down even more sandy rocks. This part sucked and I feel like my hiking poles were just a nascence at this point, rather than helping like they did on the way up. I put them in my pack and continued down. From this point on I was periodically accompanied by music being blasted by either the church or the school and being echoed off of the cliffs. I saw one of the two climbers repel down the final portion of the cliff. I finished up the hike, thanking the dirt surface of the Linda Vista Loop trail.

This was tiring I had fun. :) :)
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Nov 27 2021
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2021
Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.46 mph
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The trail is not overgrown, so you won't have to fight vegetation if you want to summit Pusch. It is in pretty rough shape and seems over used, so there is that. People are hiking this one far more than in the past, these days, and either tourists or snowbirds are out with the season.

Pusch is one of those hikes that was better 7 years ago when I was in the Tucson area the first time. It was a beater then, but now it's a sometimes hike. After beater hikes like Piestewa or Camelback, Pusch loses some luster. At least I had a really nice afternoon for it, and it was gorgeous on top.
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Nov 20 2021
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50 male
 Joined Dec 30 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2021
Mike_WTriplogs 162
Hiking6.81 Miles 3,666 AEG
Hiking6.81 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   1.44 mph
3,666 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Hiked with Brian up to Pusch Peak but instead of taking the trail, took the canyon up, turned left and bushwhacked up to the North ridge and then bushwhacked east to the trail and then continued up to the top of Pusch Peak. Probably my 10th time here or more. Used the trail to come down. Met Dave on the Linda Vista trail who was still recovering from a leg injury. Hiked another loop around Linda Vista trail to complete the day.
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Oct 09 2021
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34 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
jrousoshammondTriplogs 186
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
2,645 ft AEG
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Started at 6:40, shared the summit with one other party. The parking lot was full, but the trail to the peak wasn't busy at all.
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Sep 02 2021
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2021
SpiderLegsTriplogs 778
Hiking2.05 Miles 883 AEG
Hiking2.05 Miles      50 Mns   2.46 mph
883 ft AEG
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Started a new job a few months back and any hopes of early morning hikes during the work week are dashed. Finally cool enough for me to try this afternoon hiking thing, generally not a fan of doing anything if it's over 85 degrees. This hike is only a 5 minute detour on my way back home and set my watch to do a 45 minute out and back to gauge how well I do in the heat.

Made it as far as the little rock scramble portion where you dip under the tree and headed back. Trail is pretty trashed from the rain, but the upshot is that you don't need a scythe to blaze through like some of the other trails in town after all the rain. Bonus points for zero evidence of bees that force a detour from the main trail.
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May 24 2021
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.34 mph
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No sheep today. Pretty quiet save for a few birds. I met a body in the rye, coming down as I was going up.
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May 23 2021
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47 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2021
RedwallNHopsTriplogs 1,355
Hiking4.17 Miles 2,682 AEG
Hiking4.17 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.61 mph
2,682 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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May 19 2021
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2021
Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.42 mph
2,645 ft AEG
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Been avoiding Pusch due to the heavy use of the trail and it's rough condition thanks to all of that traffic which can now be found on it. It wasn't like this 7 years ago. I really wanted to get some local AEG in today, and so headed up after 4.

The trail is pretty loose and eroded. With the sand and lose gravel, the average person would probably do well to wait until after some substantial rain has fallen. Still, aside from a few spots, the worst is the lower half leading up to the flatiron.

While coming down and almost at the level of the flatiron, I was thinking to myself that with the increased use, sheep will probably be rare and hardly seen here these days. I would see them fairly often in 2014. Seconds after I thought that I head some brush crunching and looked over to see 2 ewes and a lamb. The lamb was doing a little suckling, too. Seems the trail isn't really bothering them. They went up a little and I continued down. I then spotted those 3 with their ram, right about where the trail heads out onto the iron. I spooked them a little more this time, as 1 ewe was heading down slope and when she saw or heard me she turned around violently knocking down some rocks. She ran up slope briefly, which was when I saw the other 3 including the ram. Most of the time, they're so well camouflaged that if they didn't move, I wouldn't see them.
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Mar 29 2021
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.56 mph
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A bit tired following Sombrero in the warm afternoon yesterday, so slightly slower than expected. Overall nice, even if overcast.

Trail conditions are pretty eroded and loose in a few spots, and that makes me question how often I will want to do this over the next few months before heat builds and I prefer other things. Sombrero is a bit easier!

I am 95% certain I saw a bobcat when almost back at the trailhead. With the houses nearby, I thought it was a house cat at first. I started to question if it was a bobcat due to the short bobbed tail, it's overall size and leaner appearance, and the conspicuous black pointed tips on it's ears. Unlike the mother with her 3 cubs that was screaming at Dawn and I in October, this one wasn't super obvious. I recall it having stripes, which is why I am 5% unsure. Overall, it seemed unfazed by me, and it went out into the desert once it got tired of staring back at me.
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Mar 13 2021
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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.11 mph
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What I consider a rare snow hike up Pusch. The trail has had a lot of use just today, with at least 2 other sets of tracks, and another hiker arriving on the summit shortly after me. Great snowy view, too. Going down was treacherous. Not so much the snow, as that was mostly melted, but the clay was greasy and wet. Falling and hurting my left shoulder wasn't fun. Hopefully, it is healed by the end of the week.
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Mar 05 2021
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Much better this time without that ferocious wind. No blowing dust, either. This might be a solid replacement for Kimball since that trail is in bad shape post Bighorn Fire, and I did beat that to death 6 years ago. Plus, this is shorter and sweeter.
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Mar 03 2021
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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
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Super windy with dust blowing to the NW off the farm fields west of the Tucson Mountains. It was hard to breathe from the strong winds on the summit. Lots of traffic on this, and the Pusch Flatiron, but the trail is in better shape than Finger Rock.
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Dec 30 2020
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,388
Hiking4.20 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   1.85 mph
2,645 ft AEG      7 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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i needed to stay in range of cell signal and be very close today, so i had to change my plans. lot going on right now, and frankly, none of it good.

busiest i have ever seen it. By FAR. the route is more well defined than ever

with all that's been happening, i was surprised to make it up in 1:13. didn't really realize i wanted to hit the gas until about 1/3 of the way up already. i think i could have clocked a good one if i had it in my mind from the get go.

to echo Matt's sentiments, i also am a big fan of the one pole cane technique on this hike. funny how these things just naturally come to us
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Dec 30 2020
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During the first month or two of the year I stopped religiously recording workout hikes. I know, I know, it was blasphemy. I estimated somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000' of AEG were lost to the ether of space time, never to truly matter in the grand scheme of the internet.

Well, all that aside, Pusch puts me over 200,000' of AEG for the year. It would have been tragic if this had not occurred. Probably not.

Not as fast as last time, but I am still recovering from Table on Monday. Actually, I didn't even pay attention to the time, so I have no idea. Let's say 30 minutes up, and 20 down. You don't believe me? What!? shocking. I am shocked.

Pusch is good. I enjoyed it.
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Dec 23 2020
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43 male
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Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,005
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
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Tomorrow will be 2 years since I last hiked Pusch, so it was in order today. Plus, I'm close by again. Must be in better shape than I believe, as I was up in 1:10. Only 9 minutes (not in the recorded time) on top as it was cold and windy, with a lot of haze or dust below an inversion in the Santa Cruz and Avra Valleys, worse in the Avra, but it looked bad out towards the Picacho Mountains. Pretty clear towards the Superstitions and the Pinals.

Table looks really, really attractive. Intact, post Bighorn fire, too.
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Dec 04 2020
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59 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch Peak TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mountain_RatTriplogs 240
Hiking4.93 Miles 2,622 AEG
Hiking4.93 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   1.07 mph
2,622 ft AEG      42 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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Nov 21 2020
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47 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedwallNHopsTriplogs 1,355
Hiking4.06 Miles 2,682 AEG
Hiking4.06 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   1.49 mph
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Nov 21 2020
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
SpiderLegsTriplogs 778
Hiking4.80 Miles 3,076 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.43 mph
3,076 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Social hike with one of my neighbors and his coworkers. Pretty easy and steady pace all day, never once huffing and puffing. Nice to be able to slow down and smell the roses on occasion. Plus once on top of Pusch Peak actually just sat around and took it all in rather than tag the top and hurtle myself straight back down. On the return trip down, took a detour over to the Flatiron and my neighbor showed me a new route down.

As an experiment I decided to use trekking poles to see if they make any difference, this trail is so steep that I wasn't sure if they would help. For the most part they neither helped nor hindered. The poles did come in handy in that section of loose dirt and rock coming down.
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Nov 15 2020
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 Tucson
Pusch PeakTucson, AZ
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jrousoshammondTriplogs 186
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,645 AEG
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Perfectly timed hike in terms of sunlight - got to the car just as the sunset finished - but there were too many people clogging up the trail and not making an effort to distance. It's hard to tell what kind of shape upper Pima Canyon is in after the fire; there's more green than I expected, but obviously a lot of burn areas.

One sheep! As usual, posed dramatically on a ledge.
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