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Name: Linda Vista Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: (based on one vote)
Type: Hike Difficulty: (Beginner) with the side trip described here rated as 3 (medium, but short)
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: SE Arizona
Length:Approximately 1.75 miles (include at least another ½ mile if you do the upper trail) Elevation gain/loss/change: +406 / -406 ft / +0 ft (total)
Type: Loop Avg Elevation: 2900 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Medium Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Low (upper Linda Vista = medium) Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: April, 2009
Short Description: A nice urban hike that's short, but fun.
Geocaches:Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's one. Pretty View
References / Contact Information: Local Hikes
Points of interest: Rock dam (Upper Linda Vista), nice saguaro stands
Special Considerations: No dogs allowed. Parking can be tight on weekends (only about 8 spots). A highly traveled equestrian trail (some places may have large amounts of manure)
How to get there: Just east of the Oracle Rd and Linda Vista Rd intersection in Oro Valley. Parking lot (Waypoint 001) is on right just before entering a small neighborhood. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

This is a fun, short trail that is right in town (Oro Valley/Tucson), but doesn’t seem like it. There are a series of side trails associated with this trail that rate from moderate to difficult. The scenery and views of northwest Tucson are wonderful.

This is a great, short hike for people who don’t have time for a long drive and you still feel like your away from the city.

General Information and History

If you follow the difficult portion of the trail (the Upper Linda Vista portion), you can get 360 degree views of the area.

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The Trail

Take a look at the map at the trailhead. There are numerous choices here. I’ve always taken the northern most trail, but have no specific reason for this. One of these days, I’ll map the southern loop also. Anyway, the trail begins a steady, but not too steep, climb up the foothills.

After a few hundred yards (Waypoint 002), keep going straight at the Y-intersection (this will be where you come out on the return loop), then left at another Y-intersection shortly afterwards. At Waypoint 003, keep going straight. Take a left at Waypoint 004 (a right is the southern loop).

A hundred feet or so after Waypoint 004, you will come to another intersection. A slightly used trail signed by a rusted metal post (no words remain on the sign), leads up to the right. I call this trail Upper Linda Vista. I doesn’t appear on the map. It quickly becomes steep as it switchbacks up the side of the mountain. I believe it goes all the way up to the top of the bluffs on the right, but I have only taken this trail halfway up. If you decide to take this trail, be prepared for some steep climbing. If you’re afraid of heights, this isn’t the trail for you. I stopped at the top of what would be a nice little waterfall during the rainy season. A small rock dam was built on top. If you enjoy a challenge, the views and scenery up here are wonderful. Once your done with the Upper Linda Vista trail, return to the main trail at Waypoint 004.

After Waypoint 004, the trail dips down into a wash, then back up again on the hills to the north. Keep going as the trail winds past Waypoint 008. You’ll reach the top of the hill at Waypoint 009 and start your descent. You’ll see how close you really are to the neighborhood at Waypoint 010 as the trail takes you by a few nice homes. When you reach Waypoint 002 again, take a right and make your way back to the trailhead.

Have fun and be safe!

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