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Ventana Canyon to Maiden Pools

  • Mar 10, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Total Length: 4.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 4240 feet
Lowest Elevation: 2950 feet
Elevation Change: 1290 feet

With the colder weather this weekend, let's do an afternoon hike up Ventana Canyon.  This is one of my favorite hikes due to its striking beauty.    We will hang out at Maiden Pools for a short time before heading back down.  This is an intermediate hike and is not suitable for beginners.

What to Bring:
-2 liters of water, hat, snack and sunscreen

Directions to Trailhead
From the intersection of Tanque Verde and Grant/Kolb Rd head northeast on Tanque Verde. Turn left at the second light on Sabino Canyon Rd. Go about 3 miles up Sabino Canyon Rd. and turn left on Kolb Rd, which forks off Sabino Canyon Rd. to the left. Go up Kolb Rd. for a couple of miles and go straight through the first light, which is the intersection with Sunrise. After passing Sunrise you continue on Kolb about another mile or so until you see a sign for Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Turn right into the resort. Be sure not to turn into one of the earlier entrances to residential developments with the word Ventana in the name; hold out for the resort. Take the first left off the entrance drive to the resort, which should be signed as the way to the Ventana Canyon trailhead. Go all the way to the back of the lot, behind the gates, to park. The front part of the lot is for resort employee parking, and you may get in trouble if you park there.

Hike at your own risk

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  • Elaine

    I couldn't find you guys. It looks like I went to the wrong trailhead. I'm not familiar with the area, and the man at the gate told me to go to the trailhead that was 2 streets down. I took him at his word. So,, I'm sorry and mad.

    March 11, 2013

  • Don W.

    Thanks to Don for getting us going and to Derris for filling in as leader. It was my first hike with the group and was a wonderful hike. Great views, stream, pools and hiking companions! My GPS indicated we hiked 5.4 miles in 3.5 hours. We climbed 2200 feet, with an elevation change of 1237 feet. Here is my GPS track for the hike. http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2045300&code=419c2fbe35af0c03fedc03a3c4981fc3.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I concur, Don, it sure says a lot about your character to show up sick! I sure hope that you and Jan are both feeling better. A wonderful hike! George, I waited up for the rest of the group...you are one fast descender! :) And I did make it back in plenty of time, thanks!

    March 10, 2013

  • George C.

    What a wonderful hike! Don, you are one classy guy to show up to get us going when you are under the weather. The hike was great and I look forward to doing it again. Also, this was a great group to hike with although I lost Casie coming down, hope you made it in time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Roger N.

    Very nice hike, one of my favorite and an awesome group to go with, just sorry Don wasn't feeling well. Several made comments that they'd like more of these early afternoon hikes, I would too!

    March 10, 2013

  • Jenn S.

    Kudos to the organizer! Don you are so committed thank you for making the hike happen and hope you feel better soon! The hike is a great hike - lovely views the whole way! I had a great time, thanks to everyone!

    March 10, 2013

  • Don B

    I'm so sorry I couldn't join all of you on the hike due to the flu. I hope everyone had a good time and enjoyed the beauty of the canyon.

    March 10, 2013

  • Janet (.

    I really enjoyed as far as I got but I was feeling ill and thanks Don & Jenn staying behind with me. Lucky for them, 2 nice gals were going down and I followed them and felt alot better reaching the bottom.
    I hope Don gets well soon. Enjoyed all those I had met before and for the first time! Sorry I was a problem............:(

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • SaMaNtHa

    Was this moved from 1pm?

    March 9, 2013

    • SaMaNtHa

      oh no, it said 2 p.m. yesterday! I better get myself going! I might be a little late!

      March 10, 2013

    • SaMaNtHa

      do not wait up for me please I will just go on the trail and hope that I run into you guys!

      March 10, 2013

  • merri p.

    sorry for late notice.

    March 9, 2013

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