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Mount Kimball via Finger Rock
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2015
The_Dude
Hiking9.82 Miles 4,675 AEG
Hiking9.82 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.25 mph
4,675 ft AEG      42 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Success!!! I had been foiled on my last three attempts at Kimball from the Pima Canyon side, twice by running out of daylight, once by lingering flu affects. I finished up work a little early today, so I thought I would give it a go on the steeper side, hit the trailhead about 2:30. As it turns out, the Finger Rock side is not nearly as overgrown as what I encountered on the Pima side this fall so I made decent time. Got to the north lookout in 2:45 with breaks, I feel pretty good about that. Views to the north were just incredible, despite it being a hazy day. I could make out the Superstitions, Four Peaks, and everything in between. I did manage to get off trail once in the wash on the way up, I think I have done that every time I have been on this trail. I had to bushwhack my way across to rejoin the trail, a bit steep but we managed. I saw quite a few other hikers out on the lower half, and surprisingly met a couple guys up at the summit. They had set out from the FR trailhead at 8:30 and were going down the Pima side. I stopped off at the Linda Vista on the way back for the sake of it. This was a great adventure. I love hikes like this when you can hike through 3 or 4 different climate zones, go all the way from low desert scrub to mixed Pine/ Juniper/ Oak woodlands. This will definitely be on the repeat hike list, absolutely fabulous.
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