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Little Kimball, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 4.63 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,061 feet
Elevation Gain 4,002 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,919 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 21.02
Interest Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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14  2013-05-10 Mountain_Rat
Author Mountain_Rat
author avatar Guides 10
Routes 91
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Trips 192 map ( 1,893 miles )
Age 56 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Sun  6:09am - 6:27pm
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by Mountain_Rat

Most who take the Finger Rock Trail have one of two goals in mind; Mt. Kimball and back, or the Finger Rock - Pima Canyon Traverse. It would seem that few know of this obscure peak, a mere 0.3 miles from the Finger Rock/ Pima Canyon junction. In fact the register at the peak has recorded only seven visits in it's four years of service. (This may be due to the shortage of paper and pencil at the peak. Keep that in mind if you drop pack at the saddle below).

Your excursion begins at a combined trailhead which includes the Pontatoc Canyon, Pontatoc Ridge and of course, the Finger Rock Trail #42 (Take the #42, obviously). The first mile you'll be thinking "this is not as bad as people make it out to be". At 1.2 miles you will have changed your tune, as you've begun a 26%, uphill grade for the next three miles, without relief. All of this is made more than acceptable by the ever present views ahead that just keep drawing you in.

I could go on and on about the trail, but that's not why we're here. Let's fast forward to Kimball Saddle. This is where the Finger Rock Trail tops out and where it meets the Pima Canyon Trail #62. 60 feet east of the junction is the actual saddle, offering one of the most beautiful camp sites in all of the Catalinas. Here, you are 4.36 miles in. The peak is 1,600 feet away, with just over 200 feet elevation gain, so drop everything but the camera (bring pen and paper) and head S/SE to that very visible, treed over knoll. There is a trail to the peak, though quite broken and sometimes overgrown. Not a real challenge, but it's not the AZT. Be prepared for a mild bushwhack.

You'll certainly know when you've reached the peak. It is the obvious high point, with a tiny clearing, and a stone shrine which houses an olive jar, registry. The precise peak offers no views as it is wooded over, but wanderings of it's circumference will. Don't forget to bring your own pen and paper if you wish to join the official list of visitors here.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2013-05-17 Mountain_Rat

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Little Kimball
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    Bobcat sighting in the wash before the spring.
    Met a gentleman in the Air Force from Kansas City who hiked Pusch Peak the day before or very recently.
    We hiked from the saddle to the summit and then I showed him the Kimball balcony.
    Did not see a single chipmunk on Kimball.

    A high-altitude balloon was in the sky all day.

    Felt strong all the way up and all the Blacketts training is paying off.
    Not even sore afterwards so I guess an attempt at a speed hike is on the horizon in a few months.
    Wasn't initially planning on it, but I decided to checkout Little Kimball on the way down.
    Little Kimball is a very beautiful place and I will be back to explore more of it particularly the east side.

    I'm also going to try going down to Pontatoc on the return trip next time.
    Finger rock, between around 6100 and 4000 (with the exception of the stretch from the finger rock climbing route junction to just after the linda vista junction), in addition to being rugged and throwing in many boulders to negotiate, has countless small up sections on the way down.
    These variations help on the ascent, but on the way down the tediousness really gets to me: 6'1 (standing on back paws) and 29 BMI might have something to do with it.
    Little Kimball
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    I tweaked my knee about 3 weeks ago and have since been stuck at home, living through the trip logs of others. Well, no more. Today I decided on a very tough, but short trail. I had expected to be turning back early, but made the whole round trip without a squeak or creek out of the knee. The best part is that I found the legendary register on Little Kimball. It's a really easy find, it just seems that no one goes there. The register is but a half sheet of paper with part of a map on the back side, stuffed in an olive jar. It's filled out by 15 hikers on 7 visits. I wouldn't have had any room to sign had I even thought to bring a pen to the peak (left my pack at the saddle).

    Anywho, it was nice to be back out, abusing my knees as nature intended. Oh, not a drop of water to be seen anywhere.

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    To hike
    From I-10 and Ina Rd. in Tucson, drive east 8.8 miles to Skyline Rd. Take Skyline Rd. winding briefly north, then east 0.7 miles to Alvernon Way. Turn north on Alvernon way, continuing 0.9 miles to the trailhead parking area on the west side of the road. There are no usage fees at this facility.
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