Esperero Canyon

Tucson, Arizona

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A backpack from the Cactus Picnic Area to Window Rock. This trail climbs into the outer cordillera of the Santa Catalina Mountains, passing scenic landmarks that include Bridalveil Falls and Window Rock. This basin is home to some of the most vigorous stands of saguaro in the range. The trail crosses the basin, mounts low hills to the west, then drops into Bird Canyon. Look for hummingbirds here when the ocotillos and desert honeysuckles are in bloom. This draw bears the traveler into the mountains, climbing at a steady pace as grasses and upland shrubs appear among the cacti.

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"A backpack from the Cactus Picnic Area to Window Rock. This trail climbs into the outer cordillera of the Santa Catalina Mountains, passing scenic landmarks that include Bridalveil Falls and Window Rock.

This basin is home to some of the most vigorous stands of saguaro in the range. The trail crosses the basin, mounts low hills to the west, then drops into Bird Canyon. Look for hummingbirds here when the ocotillos and desert honeysuckles are in bloom. This draw bears the traveler into the mountains, climbing at a steady pace as grasses and upland shrubs appear among the cacti."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 4,520 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,950 feet
Top Elevation: 7,300 feet
Local Contacts: Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Sabino Canyon, Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
Driving Directions: Directions to Esperero Canyon

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May 2018