Ventana Trail

Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area, Arizona

Elevation Gain2,083ft
Trailhead Elevation5,957ft
Elevation Min/Max4215/5957ft
Elevation Start/End5957/5957ft

Ventana Trail

Ventana Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 5,957 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,083 feet. This trail connects with the following: Finger Rock Trail #42.

Ventana Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The hike to Maiden Pools off ers exceptional views of Ventana Canyon and is a fairly popular picnic destination. Above the pools, a less-traveled trail ascends through thriving woodlands to a ridge with views of Mount Lemmon and other landmarks. Keep going to a natural rock window, which makes for a satisfying destination and provides unusual photo ops."

"A hike up a rugged canyon to Window Rock, in the front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Special Considerations: This hike has 4,040 feet of elevation gain. Carry plenty of water during the hot summer months."

"A day hike through Ventana Canyon. Soon after entering the canyon, the path goes beyond the national forest boundary and enters the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Massive cliffs of metamorphic stone slant skyward to sharp points above the floor of the canyon.

Mesquite and other deep-rooted shrubs dominate the bottoms, while the slopes above them are sprinkled with saguaros and ocotillo. There are numerous crossings of the rocky streamcourse as the trail wanders northward, and the solid walls of the lower canyon rise into ragged pinnacles."

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A scenic canyon, but the first few miles can be quite crowded and it takes some time to get away from the foothill subdivisions. The trail spends a bit too much time in the rocky streambed for my tastes.

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Trail Information

Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Sabino Canyon, Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
Local Maps

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Sep 2018