Summary: The Linda Vista Loop is really a network of trails offering four miles of great views of Oro Valley and an optional, very steep trek to a picturesque dry waterfall. If you want to get to the dry waterfall, there is an unmarked metal sign near the South Eastern-most portion of the network. Take the smaller rocky trail to the right. There is a bit of climbing on all fours up a bare, rough-surfaced rock face to get to the top of the dry falls. The rest of the trail network has some climbing, but it is extremely mild in comparison (in fact, it is rather fun).
Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, head west on Speedway Blvd and follow for 2.2 miles. Turn right on Main Ave and follow for 0.3 mi. Main turns into Oracle Rd. Continue on N Oracle Rd and follow for 9.9 miles. Turn right at E Linda Vista Blvd and the trailhead will be on the right. (Lat:32.38058 Lon:-110.96123)
Trail Guides for Linda Vista Loop, et alii:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Forest Service 670-4552
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by JK on 9/12/2016
Took less than an hour to circumnavigate snd I would rate it as easy. One barely feels like one is getting away from the city, but there are some nice views and cool desert flora and vegetation. When I hike it again, there is apparently a side trail by the southeastern point of the loop that makes the hike a couple of miles longer and also gives access to an optional steep climb up a dry waterfall. There was a sign that stated that beyond this point it is not a forest service maintained trail. That will be my route next time.
Reviewed by CAB on 4/28/2015
Met a hiker shortly before the unmarked sign to head off to Pausch Ridge.. This hiker had been about 1/4 mike into the hike up when he encountered a swarm of bees. He said he quickly turned around to head back down - unfortunately since he was trying to outrun the bees, lost his footing which explained the blood. Thankfuly he was the lucky hiker today. Just a warning for hikers attempting to do the Pausch Ridge hike. For me hiking the loop as always was beautiful!
Reviewed by Ed on 10/21/2013
I normally like running this trail once or twice depending on how I feel. I enjoy it. It's a good workout and I have seen many Javelina, hawks, & Gila Monsters here. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get into hiking or trail running.
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