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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Dec 01 2013
sirena
Hike & Climb7.70 Miles 3,623 AEG
Hike & Climb7.70 Miles
3,623 ft AEG
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Finger Rock Guard doesn't have a description, so I'll add this to the others who have posted here.

What a perfect day to be in the desert! Bill and I started out around 8 and enjoyed shade for our ascent up the Finger Rock Trail. There was plenty of water flowing in the canyon. The Finger Rock Trail was just our warmup and near Linda Vista we turned off on our route to the Guard.

The route, well beat-in and cairned, descended to a lovely spot in the canyon with pools and small falls. I'd like to come back and explore up-canyon sometime. We started up the route which wasted no time climbing toward the saddle to the northeast of the Guard.

The saddle had a nice little campsite with views across Pima Canyon to the summit of Table Mountain and the Table Tooth. The visibility was so good that I could see the Superstitions, Weavers Needle, and 4 Peaks in the distance.

We still had a ways to go, following cairns through the maze of boulders that make up the Guard. There were great views of the backside of the Finger, We scrambled up several chutes and finally reached the the small summit.

What a view! The sheer walls of Prominent Point, the layers of mountains poking through the clouds. Views from 4 Peaks all the way to the Huachucas. We took a long break, looking at all the different landmarks and reading the small summit log.

We scrambled back down the rocky chutes and soon we were back to the route to the saddle. Going down the route went quickly, but the temperatures had warmed up. By the time we got back down to the creekbed, we were excited to splash cool water on our faces and take a break in the shade.

We hiked back up to the trail and joked that you know the route you've been on is tough when the Finger Rock Trail is a relief! It was great to look back at the Guard. Too bad that off-trail restrictions start soon, at least there are now bighorns to warrant the closures from January 1 - April 30.

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