Pusch Peak Hikeby Jim Gressinger on Mar. 08, 2012, under Hiking, Local Adventures, Southern Arizona Wildlife
The trail head is almost to Oro Valley off Oracle.
This is a strenuous hike, but the view from the summit is worthwhile. Plan on 2 – 3 hours up and an hour down.
From the summit on a clear day you can see all the way to Kitt Peak to the SW and Picacho Peak to the north.
Wildlife, including coatimundi, can be seen if you’re quiet and patient. The last official sighting of big horn sheep was in 2005.
Pusch Ridge was named George Pusch (1847–1921), who came to Arizona from Germany in the 1870s, established the Steam Pump Ranch on near the base of the ridge in what is now the town of Oro Valley. Steam Pump Ranch was one of the largest cattle ranches in the Territory of Arizona. Mr. Pusch also served as a state legislator and one of the delegates to the original Arizona Constitutional Convention in 1910.
Pusch Ridge has two peaks, one 5,300 feet above sea level and the other a little over 6,000.