Pontatoc Canyon

Tucson, Arizona

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A day hike to an overlook above Ventana Canyon. The trail begins by gently climbing through rugged country populated by saguaros, prickly pears, and palo verdes. There are early views of the vertical rock faces of Prominent Point, including a distinctive formation known as Finger Rock. The hillsides steepen around Pontatoc Canyon, and the towering walls of Pontatoc Ridge rise to imposing heights straight ahead. The trail crosses the canyon floor and makes a brief climb onto the shoulders of Pontatoc Ridge. High on these slopes, the Pontatoc Ridge trail splits away to the right, while the Pontatoc Canyon trail drops back to the watercourse. This is followed by a hard ascent up the far wall of the canyon, and the saguaros fall away to be replaced by lechuguilla and upland shrubs. From the heights, one can look out over the Tucson basin, rimmed by the volcanic Tucson Mountains. Beyond this range, the distant Sierritas and Baboquivaris

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"A day hike to an overlook above Ventana Canyon. The trail begins by gently climbing through rugged country populated by saguaros, prickly pears, and palo verdes. There are early views of the vertical rock faces of Prominent Point, including a distinctive formation known as Finger Rock. The hillsides steepen around Pontatoc Canyon, and the towering walls of Pontatoc Ridge rise to imposing heights straight ahead. The trail crosses the canyon floor and makes a brief climb onto the shoulders of Pontatoc Ridge.

High on these slopes, the Pontatoc Ridge trail splits away to the right, while the Pontatoc Canyon trail drops back to the watercourse. This is followed by a hard ascent up the far wall of the canyon, and the saguaros fall away to be replaced by lechuguilla and upland shrubs. From the heights, one can look out over the Tucson basin, rimmed by the volcanic Tucson Mountains. Beyond this range, the distant Sierritas and Baboquivaris"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 3,020 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best September to May
Trailhead Elevation: 3,050 feet
Top Elevation: 5,740 feet
Local Contacts: Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
Driving Directions: Directions to Pontatoc Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

3/13/2010
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This was a great hike. We did not bring enough water with us though, so don't make the same mistake. Oh, and bring plenty of sunscreen since most of the hike is exposed to sun.


3/1/2001
0

The trail becomes increasingly overgrown as it ascends, becoming difficult to follow. Other nearby trails are superior.



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May 2018