|A Hidden Gem In The Catalina Mountains
Pusch Peak is the westernmost peak in the Catalina Mountains and beckons the brave to climb it.
The peak, comprising of what many refer to as "Pusch Ridge," is close to the bustling suburbs north of Tucson.
The standard route begins at the Linda Vista Trailhead (off Linda Vista Road, just east of Oracle Road), and is 3.9 miles round trip with a
whopping 2,676 foot elevation gain. Except for a relative flat section at the start, most of the ascent is steep and an ass kicker!
Trail Directions: At the trailhead, take the trail that goes left. After ~0.2 miles, the trail forks: choose right.
Go another few tenths of a mile, where the trail splits with a sharp switchback going right - go left instead.
Soon you'll see this sign (as of Jan. 2015), where you'll
continue toward the canyon's opening. This is where the steepness begins in earnest. Get ready. :)
From here on out, the route is a "social trail" that's well-marked.
There are only two spots where the route was a bit confusing for me,
but all in all, you're working up the canyon side. See the map below.
Facing Pusch Peak from Oracle Road in Oro Valley.