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Window Loop (Ventana and Esperero)

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Highlights:

Two amazing hikes in one
Near:Tucson, AZ
Scenery:
Distance:16 miles
Elevation Gain:5150 ft
Hike Time:11.5 hours
Difficulty:Strenuous
Trail Condition:Bush wacking
HikeType:Point to Point



Summary: Not for the faint of heart, this once in a lifetime hike offers two jewels of the Santa Catalinas in one hike: La Ventana and Bridal Veil Falls.

We started this point-to-point hike from Ventana Canyon (Window Canyon). The first mile of La Ventana Trail is gentle and coercing. Be aware that she quickly turns rugged through Maiden Pools, and gets punishing as you ascend the canyon's walls via Esperero Trail to a calming ridge-walk to La Ventana (pictured at left).

From La Ventana the trail becomes tasking; few people travel beyond this point. Esperero Trail is hard to follow over the craggy precipices of Window Peak; GPS is recommended. Once found, the sure-footed trail winds down Esperero Canyon to Bridal Veil Falls. From there the trail takes you to pavement that takes you down to Sabino Canyon Visitor's Center.

Be sure to take plenty of food and water. I drank one gallon on this hike in early Spring. Also, don't forget the camera :-)

Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell drive east on Speedway 4.1 miles to Craycroft Rd, turn left. Follow Craycroft Rd 7.4 miles north. Craycroft becomes Kolb Rd which you will follow for 0.1 miles to N Resort Dr, turn left. Take your first left after pulling onto Resort Drive. The trailhead parking is at the very back of the parking lot, behind the employee parking. (Lat:32.32882 Lon:-110.85244)
Trail Guides for Window Loop (Ventana and Esperero):
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact:  Santa Catalina Ranger District (520) 749-8700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted  27 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by GT on 3/9/2014
We hiked this loop except went the other way, from Sabino Canyon/Esperero Trail up to the Window, then down Ventana Trail where it ends at Loews Resort. Highly recommended! Going up Esperero was spectacular, up "Cardiac Ridge," then to Bridal Veil Falls (through a wonderful forest). Then it gets tough, up to the trail marker for Cathedral Rock, and beyond as you continue up Esperero. At the very top it is indeed hard to keep the trail over to the Window, but as you ascend and see the highest, massive spire of rock, go around it clockwise, so that the view of Tucson is on your left and the northern view is on your right. You'll eventually find the Window for a nice rest, then onward to descend on Ventana Trail. One gallon+ H2O.

Reviewed by jen on 4/5/2011
I hiked this starting from Esperero trail in sabino canyon to cathedral rock then continued on Esperero trail which connects to ventana window and then down ventana canyon. it's extremely hard but beautiful hike. prob the hardest hike i have ever hiked in tucson area but so worth it but it's not for light of heart. it took me about 12 hours to hike and you will need one car in sabino canyon and other in ventana canyon. it's about 10 hours uphill!!!!! so will take the meat off of you but the views are incredible.

Reviewed by wishbones on 3/30/2010
hiked up to the window from ventana for the first time in november 09. trail was fairly easy to stay on. very difficult hike, it will test you. its not the distance its the elevation gain..but it was worth it.

Reviewed by as on 1/3/2009
window peak is a hike that will test your true hiking heart, only a true hiker will make it to this point. me and two other friends made this hike, it was harder that we thought, but only in the way of time, we left at 10.00am and got down at 5 or six a clock be prepared for the diffrent climate changes, and pack lots of fliuds ,and lots of food

Reviewed by as on 1/3/2009
window peak is a hike that will test your true hiking heart, only a true hiker will make it to this point. me and two other friends made this hike, it was harder that we thought, but only in the way of time, we left at 10.00am and got down at 5 or six a clock be prepared for the diffrent climate changes, and pack lots of fliuds ,and lots of food

Reviewed by as on 1/3/2009
window peak is a hike that will test your true hiking heart, only a true hiker will make it to this point. me and two other friends made this hike, it was harder that we thought, but only in the way of time, we left at 10.00am and got down at 5 or six a clock be prepared for the diffrent climate changes, and pack lots of fliuds ,and lots of food


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