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(from Linda Vista)
[Red trail line is approximate and for illustration
purposes only. For GPS details, see Google Earth image and National
Geographic topo map below.]
Begin at the Linda Vista Trailhead (off Oracle Rd). Free parking available.
[For points specified in blue,
see topo map below.]
- Go 0.73 miles. Turn right off the Linda Vista trail at (unreadable)
- Trail to Pusch Peak begins here (START:
0.73 miles, 3120 ft). It follows the right hand side of the side
canyon until the crossover point (XOVER).
- Follow trail until ROCK (0.99 miles: 3440
ft). Scramble over this 12'-14' rock and take the lower trail. Don't
cross over until XOVER.
- Squirrel Gap. (SQGAP 1.15 miles: 3700
ft). There is a miniature white squirrel placed at the gap between two
rocks here. I wonder who placed it here. The trail is sometimes marked
by small rocks piled at strategic points.
- Trail crosses over from the right to the Pusch Peak side at XOVER (1:34 miles: 4070 ft).
- There is a wonderful panoramic view at PANR (1.55
miles: 4490 ft). It's sort of at the bottom of the bowl that forms the
- 1.96 miles. Top of Pusch Peak.
2700 ft total including Linda Vista trail.
Rises 2200 ft from Pusch Peak trail START to top in 1.23
miles. (Average grade 34%.)
First time I did it, it took 4 hours round trip including many stops
for photos etc.
2nd time: I knew the route. 3 hours 30 mins.
3rd time: Just under 3 hours. About 85 mins to the top.
I think anything under 2 hours 30 mins would indicate decent aerobic
fitness and excellent familiarity with the route.
(1) USGS marker on top.
(2) 360° view on top. (See panorama below.)
(3) Clear canister wedged near marker: sign your name.
Google Earth Map
[Imported into Google Earth. Magellan waypoints
converted into KML format using MacGSPBabel.]
Click here for a larger view.
Some images of selected waypoints:
ROCK ahead at (0.99 miles: 3440 ft)
START (0.73 miles, 3120 ft)
Metal sign at turnoff from Linda Vista trail
SQGAP (1.15 miles: 3700 ft)
Miniature squirrel (now missing)
At the Top
There is a 360° view at the top of Pusch Peak. The top is fairly
flat, so you have to walk around to get the various vantage points.
There is a survey marker and sign-in canister right at the top.
Update: There are actually two USGS survey markers at the top.
Me at the top sitting on the survey marker
USGS Survey Marker
Canister with sign-in sheets (and writing implements).
Here is another (in my series of) low-resolution cellphone camera
panoramas, except this one's a 360° wrap.
(That's me standing on the left. Mount Kimball (7200 ft) is behind me.)
[Click on image for a larger view. Picture courtesy of Emily Wang.]
May 16th 2006
(Updated June 2nd)
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