Esperero Trail #25
Many hikers start out along this trail, that includes several miles of hard climbing, because it leads to The Window, a 15 by 25 foot hole in a fin-like ridge that extends out from Window Peak on Pusch Ridge. For those who get all the way to the top, this notable creation of gravity and frost frames an unforgettable view of Tucson and the mountains and valleys beyond. For those who choose to stop at points of interest which can be reached with less effort, there are plenty of rewards as well. Esperero Canyon Trail starts at the Cactus Picnic Area in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area or just opposite Sabino Canyon Shuttle Stop #1, where Rattlesnake Canyon joins Sabino Canyon. If you come on any except the hottest days of summer, you’ll be surprised at the amount of wildlife there is to see in the desert. From its starting point, the trail passes through stands of saguaro cactus as it climbs up and over a low ridge into Bird Canyon. This serves as a warm-up for the lung-busting scramble up a particularly rocky section of the trail that takes you up and over a second ridge and finally drops you into Esperero Canyon. The trail then dodges its way up-canyon into Geronimo Meadow, crossing the creek on several occasions. Water can be found along this stretch during the wettest times of the year, but don’t count on it! Above Geronimo Meadow, the trail climbs steeply up and out of the canyon to the ridge near Window Peak, and finally to the Window itself. Take care when you get there. CAREFUL..there is a sheer drop of over a hundred feet just outside that window.
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||No dogs allowed. Motorized and mechanical vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. Don’t camp on private land in Bird Canyon.|
|Operated By:||Santa Catalina Ranger District|
|Information Center:||Santa Catalina Ranger District 520-749-8700|
General InformationDirections: From Tanque Verde Road in Tucson turn north on Sabino Canyon Road and follow it 4 miles to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Visitor Center. From the Visitor Center you can either follow the paved road or a foot trail to the Cactus Picnic Area and the Esperero Canyon Trailhead
Day HikingDesert canyon. Access to top of Pusch Ridge. Spectacular views. Watchable wildlife. 9 miles of the trail are in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. This trail is long and steep, not a good one for summer hiking. USGS Map(s): Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon.
|Elevation desc||2,700 - 7,400 feet|
|Difficulty Level:||More Difficult|
Alerts & Warnings
- CNF Stage II Fire Restrictions Terminated
- Bighorn Fire Trails Closure 03-05-05-22-021
- Douglas Ranger District Twin Spotted Rattlesnake Closure 03-05-01-22-023
- Santa Catalina Ranger District Control Road Closure #03-05-22-029
- Bear Wallow Closure Order: 03-05-05-22-025