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Tucson’s Urban Desert Trail: Linda Vista Loop

Last week we hiked a short local trail in anticipation of the extra calories we would be consuming for Easter festivities with friends. The Linda Vista Trail is within Tucson’s Oro Valley city limits, less than 5 minutes away from El Conquistador Golf Resort. These series of trails near the end of Linda Vista Blvd lets the hiker get right up close to the towering Pusch Peak, a prominent feature of Oro Valley.

Hike Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
Having never been here before, we opted for the longer loop totaling 2.11 miles.

Pusche Peak views from Hiking Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
You see two diverging paths, we see an unmarked grave. I think we’ve been exploring too many ghost towns… To follow in our steps, bear right. You will return from the left trail.

Pusche Peak views from Hiking Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
If you lose sight of these peaks, you’re probably in Mexico. Go back! You took the wrong turn.

Pusche Peak views from Hiking Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
This is a great spring hike. Flowers are in bloom everywhere, making for a pretty lush desert trail.

urban views from Hike Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
Oro Valley can be seen from all parts of the Linda Vista loop.

Pusche Peak views from Hiking Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/

cactus on Hike Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
Probably one of the most epic Saguaros we’ve seen to date! This one has to be at least 150 years old! (Saguaros grow their first arm at about 75 years old)
Pusche Peak views from Hiking Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
Pusche Peak views from Hiking Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
Pusche Peak views from Hiking Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
Hike Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/
Hike Linda Vista Trail Loop, Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/linda-vista-loop-trail/

We didn’t know at the time, this hike being somewhat spur of the moment, but the Linda Vista Trailhead connects to the top of Pusch Peak. Climbing/hiking to the top of Pusch Peak is #1 on my Tucson bucket list therefore we will be back in the fall to cross that off!

Linda Vista Loop Trail Overview

  • Coordinates: 32.380549,-110.9610873
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Length: 2.11 Miles
  • Things to note:
    1. While the trail looks well kept, the terrain is pretty rocky.
    2. This is a desert hike however with the towering Saguaros & shrubbery, there is plenty of shade.
    3. There are a lot of bees on this trail. We did not encounter any issues but have heard they can get aggressive.
  • Pets allowed: No. But horses are allowed…
   

How About You?
  • Have you hiked here before? How about to Pusch Peak?
  • Do you have any tips? Feel free to leave a comment below!
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