Pusch Ridge Wilderness Trails

Tucson, Arizona

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The Santa Catalina Mountains, the northern rampart of the Tucson Valley, along with the Rincon Mountains, which define the valley’s eastern perimeter, are what earn Tucson, Arizona its reputation as one of the West’s top cities for quick access to the backcountry. Several trails heading into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness can be reached from the Santa Catalina foothills on the city’s north side. Others are easily accessible, either along the paved Catalina Highway, which travels twenty-six miles from the base of the range to the village of Summerhaven near its summit, or from Catalina State Park on the range’s west flank. With trail systems interlacing mile after mile throughout the wilderness, hiking and backpacking are the main recreational activities in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, but rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding are also popular. Rock climbing is especially popular in Sabino Canyon, the Wilderness of Rocks area, and at Windy Point, about halfway up the mountain on the Catalina Highway. This trail guide covers an area with over 100 miles of trails.

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"The Santa Catalina Mountains, the northern rampart of the Tucson Valley, along with the Rincon Mountains, which define the valley’s eastern perimeter, are what earn Tucson, Arizona its reputation as one of the West’s top cities for quick access to the backcountry. Several trails heading into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness can be reached from the Santa Catalina foothills on the city’s north side. Others are easily accessible, either along the paved Catalina Highway, which travels twenty-six miles from the base of the range to the village of Summerhaven near its summit, or from Catalina State Park on the range’s west flank.

With trail systems interlacing mile after mile throughout the wilderness, hiking and backpacking are the main recreational activities in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, but rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding are also popular. Rock climbing is especially popular in Sabino Canyon, the Wilderness of Rocks area, and at Windy Point, about halfway up the mountain on the Catalina Highway. This trail guide covers an area with over 100 miles of trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 100
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Safford and Santa Catalina Ranger Districts
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Lemmon, Oro Valley, Tucson North, Sabino Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Pusch Ridge Wilderness Trails

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May 2018