Hike Detail Sheet,  Hikes,  Upper Intermediate

Ventana Canyon to Maiden Pools (UI)

Date:Destination:Ventana Canyon to Maiden Pools
Level:Upper Intermediate (UI)Area:Catalina Mtns.
Approx hike distance in miles:6Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:1350Hike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:1500Hike leader email:
Departure time - Union Center parking lot:Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in
Recommended gas donation:$10
Unpaved miles:NonePark entry fee per vehicle:No
Road conditions:GoodWebsite for reference info:hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1410
High clearance vehicle req'd:NoTrailhead GPS coordinates:32.327997


Maintained Trail:YesUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:YesSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):NoSlippery Trail Surfaces:Possible
Use of Hands Required:NoBoulder Hopping:Possible
Difficulty :StrenuousWater Crossings:Yes
Restrooms at Trailhead:YesGloves Required:No


Special Instructions:

This is an out and back hike starting at the east end of Loews Ventana Resort and borders private land for the first ¾ miles. The first 2 miles are fairly easy with several stream crossings, the last mile consists of steep switchbacks on boulder strewn terrain. After reaching a crest, the trail drops down to the lovely Maiden Pools. Hiking poles are recommended especially if there is water in the stream. This hike offers fabulous views of rock formations, desert flora and the city of Tucson. Bring water, snack and lunch.
Note: There are restrooms in the hotel, but the Resort doesn’t encourage their use.


Take Hunt Highway south to AZ 79. Turn south on AZ 79 and travel 45 miles to Oracle Junction. Turn right on AZ 77 for 16 miles and turn left on Ina Road. Travel on Ina Road which becomes Skyline then Sunrise Road for 8.5 miles. Turn left on Kolb Road and drive 1.2 miles then turn right onto Estes Drive. Continue straight to North Resort Drive and follow signs to Ventana Trailhead. The trail parking and trailhead is at the east end of the parking lot.