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Mount Kimball via Finger Rock
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Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2021
andrewp
Hiking10.61 Miles 4,270 AEG
Hiking10.61 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   1.84 mph
4,270 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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Last time I did this hike it was in a different millennium and back then it was just a matter of "going for a hike." No preparation, no question about fitness, just hit the trail. Now I'm old and slow... and missing those days.

My recollection of this trail was that it was silly-steep, but relatively manageable. I don't know if its the fact that my knees are now twice as old, I'm more risk-averse, or the trail has suffered, but I found this to be a nightmare to descend. I actually enjoyed the hike up, but the trip down was truly painful. Considering trying to exit via Ventana next time I do this one.

Started around 6:30 AM and made quick work of the flat section. Slowed down a bit on the climb up to Linda Vista, but it wasn't too bad. Once I got to Linda Vista I was already dreading the descent. Stopped for 20 minutes or so for a snack and to take in the view then continued up. Hit the first major burned area a bit after Linda Vista and then I was in and out of burned areas.

The area on the Pima Canyon trail was pretty well roasted and the trail became really fuzzy in spots. There's been enough traffic up there to figure it out, but I did end up following someone else's footprints to closely and overshot the trail a couple of times.

View from the Kimball overlook was spectacular and I spent quite a bit of time there enjoying the view and the company of a truly fearless chipmunk. I stepped away from my pack for a moment to take a picture and when I turned around he was trying to find his way into the main compartment!! There was also a blackhawk making the rounds and every time he was airborne the chipmunk vanished and once the hawk returned to his perch the chipmunk emerged.

Backtracked the way I came and as I feared the descent was painful. In addition to being ridiculously steep, the dirt sections of the trail are extremely soft and the rock sections are slick with runoff from the dirt sections. Heading down was really slow and by the time I was in the last mile I couldn't get to the car fast enough.


I really enjoyed the ascent and destination, but need to figure out a better way down.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Finger Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
'Moist' would be a better descriptor, but there was a very small amount of activity. Could see several pools in the canyon from above.
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