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Finger Rock Trail #42 - 29 members in 149 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 23 2015
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2015
Pivo
Hiking11.46 Miles 4,656 AEG
Hiking11.46 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   2.16 mph
4,656 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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First time doing this going up Pima Canyon. Perfect weather today, very mild. Met Amy at the Finger Rock TH at 0635 (I was late). She jumped into the Mini and we headed over to the Pima Canyon TH, to start our hike.

Somewhat surprisingly we saw very few hikers out today. Mild weather and a Holiday Weekend I think would bring them out in droves. We took our time, taking breaks for equipment adjustments and snacks for me.
Still didn't see any sheep.
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May 07 2015
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.10 mph
4,200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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After yesterday's slog up to Kimball (losing 2 lbs I might add :) ), I took a totally different approach today. 2 liters, my Lobo pack, my phone and my Fenix. I know that there are plenty of tracks for this hike already, but I'm kinda proud of this one, so it's posted. I started at 8:10, making Kimball at 11:00 (2:49 :) This with a 5 minute stop for a shoe modification). At the peak, I took a flat 15 minutes, then headed out at full bore. I expected my return to take close to 2 hours as it had yesterday, but I came in at 1:42 and some seconds, ending at 12:58. Not a bad run :y: . On the way home, my legs started acting up, so I popped in at the river park for a very gentle, 5 mile cool down on the nice flat ground (3.3 mph). Now it's cocktail hour, bed, and back to work for another 4 weeks.
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May 06 2015
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.95 Miles 4,275 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   1.68 mph
4,275 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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I've been disturbed at gaining 7 lb this past month, and decide to put the hurt on my 'food reserves'. This morning I dawned a pack, loaded with my basic outdoor gear, lunch and about 8 quarts of water. The trip up was absolutely agonizing, taking 4:15 less a 25 minute break at the 4 mile mark. I was pretty wiped, so I took a long lunch followed by a short nap at the peak, waking good as new (almost, anyway). I lightened my load by dumping all but a liter of water for the trip home. I watched the clock till 13:30, and GO!!! I ran as much of the trail as I could for my return, arriving at the Exploder at 15:31. I'm back to daily weigh in again. I hope tomorrow's is kind to me.
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Apr 21 2015
PrestonSands
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44 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2015
PrestonSands
Hiking2.60 Miles 584 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
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Short evening hike with Niko; highlights included an angry Black Tailed Rattlesnake photo op, a few cactus flowers, and bear-hugging the biggest barrel cactus I've ever seen. Perfect weather and a great trip!
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Apr 03 2015
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Kimball - Window Peak - Cathedral Trifecta, AZ 
Kimball - Window Peak - Cathedral Trifecta, AZ
 
Hike & Climb avatar Apr 03 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hike & Climb22.26 Miles 9,799 AEG
Hike & Climb22.26 Miles   15 Hrs   15 Mns   1.65 mph
9,799 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Let me start by saying that I fell short of the title, but have listed it as such for comparative. That said, I set out as prepared and confident as I could be; I was well rested, the weather was perfect, I had a full moon to assist in the predawn and evening ends of the hike, I even had a massive water cache 2/3 of the way in. I had it all covered. To put icing on the cake, I hit the TH 5 minutes early instead of my usual 15 minutes late. Topping that by bagging Kimball 1/2 hour ahead of Schedule, I had 35 minutes in reserve. The details of what happened between Kimball and Cathedral are but a haze. I was so focused on the final acquisition that I turned off all that was happening along the way. Imagine my dismay as wandered the base of that massive rock pile, after all those hours, after all those miles, after all that sweat, just to run out the clock without reaching my goal :(

The return trip had now begun under an aire of defeat. Every mile seemed to last for hours. I crawled into my car at about 8:45 p.m. and reclined the seat, where I napped for about an hour. From there, I took myself home to sleep on the carpet (I didn't even have the energy to shower). My last thoughts as I faded into slumber were of how greatly I had failed. Somewhere in my sleep, that turned around and I awoke this morning feeling a great self-worth. I fell short of my goal today, but had made huge accomplishments, the mountain may have beat me today, but I fought it every inch of the way, and I'll be back.

Just on the side, maybe someone can enlighten me, but aren't tooooo many cairns just not helpful? I thought that hikers built cairns to help other hikers find their way. Have you ever been to the base of Cathedral Rock? It's like a cairn farm. It's like "guess how many cairns there are per square foot and win a prize". You need a track just to get you around the cairns, or you could use the 'odd-even' cairns as your guide. I have never seen sooo many cairns on every point of the compass... end rant. Goodnight. :D
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Apr 02 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Catalina Trifecta II, AZ 
Catalina Trifecta II, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2015
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking23.46 Miles 10,069 AEG
Hiking23.46 Miles   10 Hrs   33 Mns   2.36 mph
10,069 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We hit this one over the weekend and came a little under prepared. It fought back and hit us hard. Today we came back for redemption. It went well enough this time that we added in a second trip up to Mt Kimball on the return. :y:

Near the top of Cathedral we saw a black rattler. Then on the way back I stepped on one who was napping in the middle of the trail near Window Peak. :o It woke him and he wasn't the most cooperative for a photo. I told him I was sorry and we kept moving.

All in all a great trip this go round.
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Apr 02 2015
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Catalina Trifecta II, AZ 
Catalina Trifecta II, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2015
joebartels
Hiking23.46 Miles 10,069 AEG
Hiking23.46 Miles   10 Hrs   33 Mns   2.36 mph
10,069 ft AEG      36 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Five days ago we were lucky to get out out alive on the exotic wager despite close relations to the field. Slight adjustments sent smiles home today. Nothing high tech. Just watered the horses and changed the pace on the first twenty four furlongs. Looking forward to hitting the state fair circuit.
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Apr 01 2015
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Window Peak via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking15.65 Miles 7,044 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   10 Hrs   35 Mns   1.76 mph
7,044 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break23 LBS Pack
 
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Packed up with water and took a stroll. My primary mission is always to burn the day away hiking. Mission 1 accomplished. My secondary goal was to drop a stash of water near Window Peak to facilitate an upcoming run to Cathedral Rock. Great hike on my favorite trails. I hope my stash is still there Friday.
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Mar 31 2015
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking7.48 Miles 2,782 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.39 mph
2,782 ft AEG      45 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
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I had a half day and was thinking of a jaunt up to Kimball, but about 20 minutes into it, it was just too hot to even entertain that thought. I wasn't about to turn around, so I decided to go see Linda Vista. Along with that I poked around here and there along the way.
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Mar 12 2015
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Window Peak via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mountain_Rat
Hike & Climb15.65 Miles 7,044 AEG
Hike & Climb15.65 Miles   8 Hrs      2.13 mph
7,044 ft AEG      40 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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A great end to my weekend. Met John at the TH around 8 and we set out under overcast an sky. John was pretty lethargic, but I didn't let him slow me down too much. I just kept prodding him along. Well, that might not be completely accurate, but I kinda like the way it sounds. Anywho, this one destroyed me, but will certainly be memorable. John took it easy on me, allowing me to drag the out the accent, however, the decent was more a trail run than anything. Thanks for the company John. Again sometime. By the way, I've ordered my Fenix...

and now :stretch:
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Mar 12 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Finger Rock to Window Peak, AZ 
Finger Rock to Window Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2015
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking15.62 Miles 6,938 AEG
Hiking15.62 Miles   7 Hrs   48 Mns   2.38 mph
6,938 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
 
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Matt the Mountain Rat only gets a couple days a month off so I have never had the opportunity to hike with him. Today that changed and he showed me a great hike. I have hiked Finger Rock to Kimball several times and I have hiked up to Window Rock and Window Peak a couple times but never linked them. Today we hiked Finger Rock Trail up to the junction with the Pima Trail. I went ahead and hit Kimball. Matt would have too but he was already there yesterday. :o From the junction we continued on the Finger Rock #42 trail over to the junction in Ventana Canyon with the Esperero Trail. Than we took that up to Window Rock. While in the area I went ahead and hit Window Peak as well and then we returned the way we came. Weather was perfect with a nice overcast all day.

Recently a crazy man suggested this hike plus a trip over to Cathedral and back. That one is still rattling around in the back of my mind and hopefully it will come to fruition prior to the Summertime heat.
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Mar 11 2015
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.25 Miles 4,703 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   1.82 mph
4,703 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I drug myself out of bed early, so as to be on time at the TH. I had planned to meet JJ for a death march from Finger Rock to the Window. I hiked Rincon Peak yesterday and was feelin a bit beat up, but I don't get to hike enough, so I was on deck. As I sat waiting, I perused my emails and such, discovering that my hike with JJ was not until tomorrow. I know better than to reschedule events during cocktail hour, but indeed I had. Now feeling less than perfect, with a chance to go back home and get some rest for tomorrows event, what do ya think I did? That's right! I hiked up to Mt. Kimball :y:
With some attached regret, I think I made the right decision. Any hiking in this weather is awesome. I'll deal with the repercussions later. Now I'm ready for tomorrow :)
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Feb 21 2015
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67 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2015
kwpapke
Hiking5.80 Miles 4,172 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
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The trailhead was crowded, as usual. Tons of wildflowers in bloom.
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The Crossosoma bigelovii – Ragged Rockflower were in full bloom along the trail. Fragrant!

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Feb 10 2015
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,613 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   1.83 mph
4,613 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Beautiful day on the trail. I had short warning on a three day weekend, and decided to hit Kimball. Took an hour at the top to watch the ravens and hawks do their air show as they do this time of year. Great time, weather and warm-up for for the next two days. :)

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Excellent flow from the bottom to the top of the canyon. At the top, it was clear and cold enough to drink right from the stream.
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Feb 06 2015
rvcarter
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75 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2015
rvcarter
Hiking5.96 Miles 4,062 AEG
Hiking5.96 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.60 mph
4,062 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break
 
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I segmented FR #42 on a Finger Rock/Ventana Cyn Loop. Nice key exchange with the Saddlebrooke group. Fantastic weather, but some slippery rock and hairy water crossings at some spots due to the recent rains. Some the trail from the Mt. Kimball cutoff and the junction with Ventana is a little overgrown, but is easy to follow because of the numerous cairns. Some beautiful vistas along the way, especially the view back up to Mt. Kimball. Great key exchange, elevation is nearly the same in reverse.
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Jan 19 2015
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
Pivo
Hiking6.07 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   1.80 mph
2,650 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Fitness hike with friends
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Jan 14 2015
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2015
Mountain_Rat
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,449 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.11 mph
1,449 ft AEG      14 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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After a dud yesterday, I was going for gold today to get to Kimball and back, starting at 12:30. I was pushing, but was making just the right time to pull it off wiyh a short, headlamp finish. I psyched up, I packed light, I was on a quest, then just where you come to that cave at the 2 mile mark,.. The rain started. Long story short, I pulled the plug, turned around and slid back down. I should note that it did not stop raining until I was back at the trailhead. On the upside, I was informed that I have a full day off tomorrow. I'm thinkin something cactus to clouds and back again... :)

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Water on the surface, but not moving on the way up, but got my feet wet on the way down.
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Nov 29 2014
Jim_H
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42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2014
Jim_H
Hiking5.80 Miles 2,630 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   6 Hrs      1.45 mph
2,630 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Up to the view point that overlooks Pontatoc Canyon. Absolutely gorgeous out, which would probably explain the hordes of humans. Plus, it is snowbird season. I took lots of breaks and I note that the canyon is quiet most of the time. It isn't spring, that is for sure.
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Nov 17 2014
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Ventana Trail to Window Rock, AZ 
Ventana Trail to Window Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2014
markthurman53
Hiking14.80 Miles 5,216 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   9 Hrs   15 Mns   1.98 mph
5,216 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This is one of those trails that my father use to take me and my brothers and sisters up once a year (or at least it seems). This is in my list of the top 5 most difficult trails. Since I have spent many days hiking the Grand canyon in the 70's, people always ask me what they should do to prepare for the Grand Canyon hike. I always tell them to hike the Window Rock trail and if they can do that there isn't a trail in the Grand Canyon that will come close. This trail isn't difficult because of its length or elevation gain in itself but because there are numerous steps (12 inches and more) along the trail that will wear the legs out fast. That said it is a great hike. From Tucson's west side, near Campbell and Grant you can actually see the window and say to yourself I've been there. Good hike for March to April depending on snow.
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Oct 17 2014
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 Joined Sep 14 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2014
forbecj
Hiking5.80 Miles 4,172 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.29 mph
4,172 ft AEG
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Didn't make the whole way, I did 4 miles up. Water running in stream, a lot of growth do to rains - I would recommend wearing hiking pants (lots of bugs too!). Great hike!
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