Hiking on Linda Vista Trail in Oro Valley, AZ

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Hiking on Linda Vista Trail in Oro Valley, AZ

This weekend my husband and I took an enjoyable hike up into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, under Pusch Ridge.

I love the views.

Pusch Ridge in Oro Valley near Tucson, AZ

Here's a map so you know your way around.

Linda Vista Trail Map

Take plenty of water, a few snacks, and a camera!

Linda Vista Trail Head

Don't forget to watch for venomous creatures like rattle snakes and gila monsters.  We found several of these colorful little lizards, brave enough to pose for camera shots. 

They are common in this area, and are called the Crotaphytus collaris or eastern collared lizard.

Linda Vista Trail Lizard

Here's another.

Linda Vista Trail Lizard

And becoming ever more common, the very unpredictable male two-legged lizard, of the scientifically named variety known as the Pachyda-cellphone-ii.

Linda Vista Trail guy on cell phone

I found the higher I went the more often I stopped to photograph just about anything so I could take a pause.

blooming prickly pear on Linda Vista Hiking Trail

Pant, Pant

mica flecked rock on Linda Vista Trail

I love looking down as much as I love looking up.

view from Linda Vista hiking trail

Looking up, this boulder was a big as a 1 bedroom house and followed a natural wash area:

view from Linda Vista hiking trail

One last shot - the mountains in the distance are the Tucson Mountains often photographed in my blogs about Continental Ranch and Continental Reserve - Sombrero Peak.

Tucson Mountains view from Linda Vista hiking trail

Looking for things to do in the Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ area?  Take a hike!

Want more information on things to do in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley and Vail?  Call me!





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Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

That lizard is bigger than the ones I was fighting with today! Have you ever had cactus? (eaten it I mean)... I tasted it once... not as good as they claimed it was gonna be.

May 16, 2011 05:45 PM #1
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Cara,

I was looking for Linda in your pictures.

She must be hispanic with a last name like Vista.

Beautiful pictures


May 16, 2011 06:15 PM #2
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Cara - I did not know that Gila Monsters were venomous.

May 16, 2011 06:40 PM #3
Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.

Beautiful!  You are so good at showing us the beauty in your area!

May 17, 2011 12:22 AM #4
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Hi Lindsey - I've eaten prickly pear jelly - a bit grainy - and DO like it made as a sauce with chicken and salmon and pork.  But now, never eaten the actual "meat" of one, no...

Phil - you are a funny guy!  Linda Vista means "pretty view"! in Spanish.  Thanks for looking at my photos!

Ken- they are very venomous - but they leave you along if you don't antagonize them, usually.  I wrote a blog on them I think....yep, here it is!  Lizards, Your Tucson, AZ Roommates

Thank you Coral - I never get tired of each new "vista".  Thanks for reading along.

May 17, 2011 03:57 AM #5
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

These are great photos and beautiful scenery Cara. I really like the lizard ones. We had a Cub Scout hike here locally on Saturday. It was nice but nothing to compare with these views.

May 17, 2011 02:56 PM #6
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

I loved those little collared lizards when they're doing their "push ups".  It just cracks me up.  Great pix. 

May 17, 2011 06:33 PM #7
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

When I was young, Doug, I was a member of Camp Fire Girls - and we were always camping up near Mt. Raineer, in Washington State.  Every area seems to have their focal point and you certainly have WATER views!

Juli - Yes, the territorial "push-up" - their show of masculinity.  How funny...

May 18, 2011 07:12 AM #8
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