Cathedral Peak

Highlights: Strenuous hike, spectacular vistas, remote location Near: Tucson, AZ Distance: 16.5 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 6000 ft Hike Time: 12.5 hours Difficulty: Strenuous Trail Condition: Bush wacking HikeType: Out and Back -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Summary: This hike will take you one the summit of one of the Santa Catalina Mtns most prominent summits. If hiked in its entirety this trail is one of the most difficult trails in southern Arizona. The hike can be partitioned into three legs; the first leg lead (approximately 3 miles) ends at a prominent saddle called Cardiac Gap. The next leg follows Esperero Canyon to Bridalveil falls (5/12 miles). The last leg of the hike is the most difficult. It is very steep, overgrown, and can be extremely difficult to navigate. Follow the faint trail above Bridalveil fall for 0.9 miles to a signed intersection, go east. Follow cairns for 1.1 miles to a saddle. At the saddle head west up the steep faint trail marked with cairns to the base of the prominent cliff band to the north (0.9 mile), look for more cairns leading to summit. Cathedral Rock is the highpoint. I'm thinking that this is a really tough hike. It may be 18+ miles depending which site you believe. You must be in very good shape. We will attempt to get as close to the summit as possible. The last bit may require a rope or technical. I may not do this last part, but that will be up to the individual. There is more information on the following websites. This hike will be cancelled if even marginal weather exists.
http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Cathedral_Rock_8520.asp
http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=560 Bring lots of food and water. There is a possibility of water at the falls. I will have a water filter but do not count on getting any more water. Hike at your own risk. Any suggestions from knowledgeable people are very welcome.

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  • Vagabond J.

    Definitely one of the toughest hikes I've done in this area. Really great group of hikers made it easier. I'll look forward to this one again. In about 3 years that is.

    December 20, 2009

  • Donna

    Hike of Hike's! The views were grand, the boulders of Cathedral Peak awesome, and the trail hard. Great company!

    December 20, 2009

  • Katie

    perfect day and group for this hike! thanks Jeff for organizing it!

    December 19, 2009

  • Karen

    The times that I have done Cathedral there has been a fixed rope if it can be trusted. The last time it looked like a fairly new one and some of us used it and some went up without it. I have seen alot of snow in this area too.

    December 2, 2009

  • Vagabond J.

    I'm changing to a later start time in that yesterday Donna and I got to the signed intersection in 3:20 with breaks. We should easily get to the summit by noon if we leave at 0700. Please be 5 minutes early so we can start hiking at 0700.

    December 2, 2009

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