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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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Oct 10 2014
Mountain_Rat
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 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.95 Miles 4,903 AEG
Hiking10.95 Miles   9 Hrs   47 Mns   1.40 mph
4,903 ft AEG   1 Hour   58 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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It was about 5 weeks and 15lbs ago that tried this run, failing and suffering for it. Today, I put a pin in Hill 6989. After making my goal, I decided I could take it easy on the the down run (as if that's any better on this trail...) while paying respects to Mt Kimball and Linda Vista (turns out I even had time for Little Kimball, but didn't realize it in time :/ ).

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Heavy rains yesterday. Several shoe soaking crossings today.

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The spring structure was actually under flowing water today.
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Sep 14 2014
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 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Pivo
Hiking6.23 Miles 2,635 AEG
Hiking6.23 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.35 mph
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Sep 04 2014
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Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.30 Miles 4,401 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   1.57 mph
4,401 ft AEG   3 Hrs   16 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
 
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Got word this morning that I had a day off. I received this tidbit of info at about 5:40, now it's an hour drive back home to try to pull some sort a an adventure out of the bag. As easy as that seems, I put a lot of thought and calculation into a hike. With the pressure on and all the numbers zingin through my head (miles, AEG, solar noon, hours of light, temps, humidity, liters, lbs...), I was just a basket. Ultimately, I decided on a training hike. Me and my gear, weighing out at 250 lbs, trucking up the Finger Rock trail to the campsite at Kimball Saddle, with a T time of 9:00 sharp. Now there's a well thought out plan! I had other plans beyond that, but I was lucky to just make the saddle and get back down (and just before the pounding rain hit). All in all, I feel ok, and I probably dropped a few lbs.

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The upper canyon has a bit here and there, but nothing in the lower couple of miles.

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Jun 13 2014
Jeffshadows
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 Old Pueblo
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jeffshadows
Hiking8.40 Miles 3,625 AEG
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The canyon is extremely dry. Can't wait for the summer rains. Super windy up around Linda Vista.
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Apr 27 2014
Pivo
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Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Pivo
Hiking11.59 Miles 4,872 AEG
Hiking11.59 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.08 mph
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Apr 01 2014
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Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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tarryon
Hiking16.00 Miles 6,100 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   10 Hrs   15 Mns   1.76 mph
6,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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The beginning of this trail gives no indication to the mystery of this trail. I had not asked any questions other(to my determent). It is so well marked and highly used at the beginning that surely it is going to be no problem to do. I do ask a hiker after a few minutes how many miles to Finger Rock. He does not remember, however with wide eyes & emphasis says that it is 5,000 to 6,000 ft of elevation. That's okay, I can do that if I keep a good pace. It doesn't take long before I have past the highly used part of trail. Just 45 minutes into hike I feel dizzy. I decide to atleast press on to the 1 hr mark. After hiking more incline and reaching my 1 hr mark I feel worse. The towering peaks, many huge socorro, and gorgeous desert blooms encourage me to go on. I decide to find a marker, so I can atleast say how far a went and perhaps try again another time. I head for a pinacle at top of canyon. I begin to feel stronger. I get to first long rock slab. This is a nice place to turn around. I do not turn around (also to my determent). I push on to top where trail sign for split is. I am now 2hr 30 minutes into my hike. I suspect that I am only half way there.

It does not take long before I realize "I'm no longer in Kansas"....LOL It is wooded & very faint trails. I keep on, however there are no carins sign of previous human use. I go back to reorient. I do find a trail and carins. This type situation continues many more times. It slow going & trying to make up the time is a waste. I must keep at a very alert steady pace.

I must say that I am so grateful for my predecessors that took the time to do the carins. I have always thought there were "cute"....not on this trail.

I use all the skills I've learned. Look at the big picture, Stay Calm, When it feels wrong check it out, and Stay present (which I am highly motivated to do). Finally I come out of the wooded area to another trail sign. The other trail (I think "Express???) looks like a LA freeway compared to what I've been on. I move much faster, however my strength is waning. I see a huge totem of rocks. "Perhaps that is Finger Rock????" I think. The trail goes past the structure. Okay so perhaps there is a view from above. I decide to turn around at 12:30 no matter what.

I finally must asses my supply situation. I heard that not so good sound of the water bladder running low. I put some mole skin on a hot spot, change my socks, eat an orange and see that I have plenty of food, however only about 20 oz fluids left. Fortunately, I do feel strong and it is a cool day. I decide I will back my turn around time to noon.

I get to this massive rock structure & follow the trail around a bit. To my right a glimpse what looks like a window into a deep blue ocean. I go to check it out. It is an arch and the blue is the sky. I remove my pack an climb to the most spectacular of sights. I have arrived to my destination at 11:50 am. I do not care about any Finger Rock. This is too great a reward to my effort to not call a Peak Experience!

This hike was for me alone thus I did not want to spoil it with pictures, however I did so want to keep this treasure. As I set up for my selfy, with the wind just narly, I see this protrusion of rock behind me. Is that Finger Rock???

The joy and beauty rejuvenates me for the return trip. I am quickly back to my first trail split and with confidence I enter back into the "Alice and Wonderland" experience of the wooded area. The confidence & rejuvenation do not last long. The "Am I going in circles?" & "I feel so terrible that people will have to go through such effort to find me" thoughts pound in my head. (lest you think I'm totally stupid, I did have my Spot Device Tracking on) My feet begin to hurt & each climb feels like Mount Everest. I finally reach the next trail split and feel that I'm home free.....Wrong. The rocks & down climbs begin to hurt every part of my body. My body is weak, yet a dare not eat anything to make me thirsty. I get to where I estimate 2 hrs to finish and 4 ounces of water. My feet are hurting so much I vacillate between speeding up to get something to drink & conserving energy. (why didn't I bring that second water bottle and tennis shoes.......I chide myself with)

I can see I'm quite close to the finish so I drink the rest of my water. I am so weak now that I can only focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

There is the trailhead and a few more feet I will be back to my Jeep to drink the water I remember I had left in it. Which comes first?...remove the boots from the hurting feet or drink water....I get the water and remove the boots as I sitting drinking the water. I am so depleted the hot water does nothing, but make me nauseous. I drive find some Orange Juice. The 7-11 catches my eye & I do not hesitate to whip around into the parking lot. Downing the juice so fast as to cause brain freeze, I begin to realize how precariously close I was to severe dehydration.

On the way back to hotel, I pick up some epson salt & realize I neither remember how to get back nor the name of the hotel. The key card only say Dominoe Pizza on it. I use the same retracking & reminder skills I used on the trail.

Back at the hotel I am looking forward to a nice bath with epson salt. There is no stopper for the bath tub. I will not be denied...surely I have overcome too much today to not figure this out. I do & soon I'm fast asleep.

No this is not "based on a true story"...it is the true story (and I left out the really scary stuff)
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Mar 03 2014
Jeffshadows
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 Old Pueblo
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2014
Jeffshadows
Hiking6.30 Miles 2,640 AEG
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Was headed to Pontatoc until I saw the wagon train of people dropping in there. That's one thing you gotta love about the Finger trailhead - options. Broke left and visited good ol' Linda Vista. One of these days I need to go hiking when I don't have a bunch of stuff to do afterward! The brittle bush are exploding all over the mountain right now.
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Brittle bush galore, some isolated poppies starting, lots of mallow and penstemon. Saw a few other smaller things I couldn't readily ID blooming, too...

dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
For all practical intents, it was dry. You'd have to dig. The storm this weekend might have changed that, though.
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Feb 09 2014
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 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock to Ventana, AZ 
Finger Rock to Ventana, AZ
 
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Sarae
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.50 mph
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This was a great day for a hike. The weather was perfect for all of that uphill, and we had great visibility.

Wendy put together a group of friends to make a shuttle hike out of the Finger Rock and Ventana trails. I had never completed the whole Finger Rock trail, and it is quite a bit of work, but not as bad as I had feared. The section between the junction of Finger Rock /Pima and the junction of Finger Rock /Ventana is by far a path less traveled except by bear apparently (lots of bear scat). The trail is much narrower and not perfectly clear in sections, there is grass and shrub overgrowth, and there seems to be some rerouting that is sometimes confusing. However, there were a decent number of cairns when we passed through, and it's totally doable for someone with good route finding skills. The Ventana trail on the way down was just as pretty as I remembered. However, I didn't have my camera with to capture the afternoon glow on the canyon walls. We took our time and enjoyed.
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Feb 09 2014
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 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock to Ventana, AZ 
Finger Rock to Ventana, AZ
 
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writelots
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
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Can you believe it was almost 80 degrees on this beautiful February day? It was the best of conditions for hiking in the front range - sunny, occasional breezes and clear air. Perfect! I packed my fleece in case it was cold and windy on the ridge, but I never took it out. In fact, I took my long sleeves off while eating lunch on the ridge!

We started at about 7:30 am after setting up the shuttle from Ventana. The canyon was in the shade until we reached the "Heart Attack Hill" portion of the trail. There were some early wild flowers out - mostly Hooker's Primrose and Wiry Lotus, but a few others peaking out. I saw no sign of a poppy bloom, and the few lupine starts I saw looked to small to flower even later in the season. Looks like the perennials might have a good year, though (penstemon and brittle brush in particular). When the trail ascends the eastern wall of the canyon, we could see pools of standing water in the creekbed below, so it's not completely dry yet.

We were at the Pima junction by lunchtime, so we stopped to have a quick bite and enjoy the views off to the northeast. I'm glad we recharged here, because it was slower and tougher going on the Finger Rock trail from that Junction to Ventana. As Sarae mentioned, it seems like it's mostly used by bears and a few trail walkers who seem to decide whilly-nilly when reroute is necessary (and use sticks and cairns to do the strangest walk-arounds). I've done most of the trails in the Catalinas now, and this one won't ever be a favorite, though it's certainly not the worst. When it finally begins to wrap around the southern face back toward its meeting with the Ventana trail it's at its worst. That was the only moment when I felt hot and frustrated, but it was short lived (thank goodness!).

The Ventana Canyon trail was as it always is: seeming unending and punishing on the feet. But, it's not loose and it's so easy to follow that you don't have to think about anything but your next step down. There was flowing water in places along the trail, and the pools were clear and cold. We even saw some spots where the cottonwoods were greening up already! Unreal!

I was immensely relieved by my ability to do this hike. After all the troubles with my Achilles tendon in the fall, I was worried that tough climbs would be out of the question for a long time. But, laying off of it for a while seems to have done the trick, and it performed better than expected. Now, if only I could get a these pounds off that I packed on while not hiking...
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Oenothera, wiry lotus, Ragged Rockflower

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Pools in shady bedrock areas

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Dries up in spots, but Maiden Pools were nicely full
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Feb 03 2014
azdesertfather
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Mount Kimball via Pima Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
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azdesertfather
Hiking14.57 Miles 5,222 AEG
Hiking14.57 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.90 mph
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GREAT trip. After overworking for the last month trying to catch up from the holidays, I played hooky today and enjoyed the Catalinas. It didn't disappoint! Preston & I decided to do a traverse that few if any have reportedly done...going up Ventana Canyon, down Pima Canyon.

We left Ventana Canyon TH at 8:45am. As we hiked up the lower 1/2 of Ventana, I have to say this was the most BEAUTIFUL canyon I can recall in the Catalinas. I loved it! It kind of encloses around you...reminded me of LaBarge Box in the Supes. As we went further up Ventana, I was surprised to see all the buffelgrass. There is a good section of trail maybe 1/3 of the way up Ventana that is just taken over with the stuff! Unfortunate. But man, some nice views as we ascended!

When we turned off Ventana onto Finger Rock, we were surprised at how poorly maintained this section of trail was from there to where it connects with Pima Canyon's northern end. The trail is there, and it's not as bad as the section of Sutherland Trail up around 7000 feet, but it's really not in great shape. Once we hit the end of the Pima Canyon Trail where the Finger Rock Trail takes off down the canyon, then we were fine.

SURPRISE of the day ... once we reached about 7,000 feet and closing in on Kimball, snow flurries started falling. The temps were just above freezing. We also hit more snow flurries near the top of Pima Canyon, once we had reached the area where we could start descending into the canyon itself. Thankfully we never hit any real rain...it was raining all around as we could see from our (incredible!) views, but we stayed pretty dry.

We made it to the top of Kimball from Ventana TH in about 5 hours (I was putzing a bit :sweat: ), but we made it down Pima from the top in just over 3 hours. Finished up a little before 5:30pm.

Preston ... thanks for the great trip, and the great company! Sorry I was too full this morning to down the Gatorade, but thanks a bunch for offering!!!

NOTE HAZ READERS, LOST & FOUND -- we found a pedometer today that had been yanked off someone's stuff by a tree branch. With the rain coming, we knew that if we left it, it would be toast. If it's yours, PM me!
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puddled water & faint trickling

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Feb 03 2014
PrestonSands
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Mount Kimball via Pima Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking14.57 Miles 5,222 AEG
Hiking14.57 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.90 mph
5,222 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break19 LBS Pack
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Met up with Dave at Pima Canyon trailhead, shuttled over to Ventana trailhead, then set off under sunny, chilly skies. I had forgotten how beautiful Ventana Canyon was. Window Peak and banded cliff walls framed the greenery perfectly. Maiden pools called to me, but in this cold, I knew better.

Turning onto the path less traveled, upper Finger Rock Trail was slower going as we moved from cairn to cairn, and we had to search for the route a few times. The forest on this stretch was quite nice, and so were the views down Ventana Canyon. I battled the eye gouging, hat-thieving branches overhanging the trail along the way with my aluminum yeti-wand as best I could, and added a few cairns.

Clouds had arrived in full force and the temperature had dropped significantly by the time we reached the south shoulder of Mount Kimball. A bearded gentleman suddenly emerged from the trees, whom we talked with briefly before he vanished like a ghost. This was the third and final person we would see all day. "Snowflakes? Cool!" A bit more climbing brought us to Kimball's summit, where Dave and I took a lunch break and watched misty white snow curtains tease the slopes of the Catalinas.

The temperature dropped into the upper thirties as we began our descent on the wonderfully woodsy upper Pima Canyon Trail, under a dark, gloomy sky. Nearing Pima Saddle, our route entered a forbidding gathering of cliffs and rocky peaks. I admired the route finding skills of the original trail builders as we dropped through them. Below Pima Spring, we left the biting cold, and I enacted savage vengeance upon a catclaw mimosa bush that I had become tangled in.

We made great time during the last few miles as the terrain eased, passing the access canyon for Table Mountain and its thorny guard hedge of catclaw along the way. A few misty sprinkles and a cold wind came rolling over, but the weather held. Pima Trailhead was pretty quiet when we arrived, tired and satisfied after a full day of fun on mighty Pusch Ridge.

I had a great time as always, Dave. Thanks for a fun trip! :)
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Jan 14 2014
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Finger Rock Trail Mount Kimball, AZ 
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Hiking10.50 Miles 4,649 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.88 mph
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This is one of those trails I went on with a friend from High School and after this hike he never spoke to me again. I never thought to tell him it was a long and steep trail (went from Finger Rock to Mount Kimball and down Pima canyon). I just assumed every body hiked like me. So in this description I will tell you it is steep and fairly lengthy. The views from Mount Kimball are great in all directions, but it's not the views that intrigue me about this trail it's the canyon itself, so narrow and ever changing as you climb up. I was attempting to cross over to the Saddle in Ventana Canyon but lost the trail midway from Mount Kimball to Ventana Saddle, it's not heavily traveled. There was snow covering the ground along this portion of the trail on the north facing slopes, so this added to the difficulty in locating the trail. I have since been on this portion of the Finger rock trail and found the trail easy enough to follow so I don't know what my problem on this hike was.
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Jeffshadows
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Jeffshadows
Hiking5.80 Miles 4,172 AEG
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Just went to Linda Vista. Lots of unseasonal water and the trail was packed until that first major vista point overlooking the canyon. The throngs thinned quickly thereafter. PCSD was doing some kind of special enforcement event with the NFS LE Rangers due to some kind of incident involving a bike on the trail the weekend before. After hearing about it, all I could do was shake my head!
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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb7.70 Miles 3,623 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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Pontatoc Ridge to Finger Rock trail, AZ 
Pontatoc Ridge to Finger Rock trail, AZ
 
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GrottoGirl
Hiking11.79 Miles 6,038 AEG
Hiking11.79 Miles   9 Hrs   47 Mns   1.67 mph
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This is definitely one of my favorite hikes in the front range! The trip up Pontotac Ridge is awesome! This year I mixed it up some by going up the Pontatoc Ridge Trail instead of the Canyon. Then we went down Finger Rock instead of Ventana.

We were done with our goal peak which is the best one in the Mount Kimball area and we bushwhacked to the Finger Rock Trail. I see Gary studying his GPS and then he says that we have to bag Mt Kimball too because we're just too close. At that point my GPS was showing some stellar AEG numbers so I was thinking "no way!". But somehow Gary had us up on the peak in no time. I need to have some of what he's eating/drinking as he's supposed to be the 'tired old man' but instead he hiked us 30-somethings into the ground!

One of the newbies brought an entire bag of oranges and duct taped his shoes since we were bushwhacking, so be sure to check out the photos...
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Nov 02 2013
RedwallNHops
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 Guides 1
 Routes 10
 Photos 548
 Triplogs 1,290

46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Ridge to Finger Rock trail, AZ 
Pontatoc Ridge to Finger Rock trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2013
RedwallNHops
Hiking11.79 Miles 6,038 AEG
Hiking11.79 Miles   9 Hrs   47 Mns   1.67 mph
6,038 ft AEG   2 Hrs   43 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
really kicked my pumpkin.
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Sep 27 2013
Jeffshadows
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 Guides 28
 Routes 20
 Photos 672
 Triplogs 169

43 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2013
Jeffshadows
Hiking3.20 Miles 2,840 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
2,840 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Good ol' Obscene Gesture Trail is best when you can stretch your legs out. Today was such an afternoon. No crowds, nice breeze.
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Jul 05 2013
Jeffshadows
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 Guides 28
 Routes 20
 Photos 672
 Triplogs 169

43 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2013
Jeffshadows
Hiking6.00 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
3,050 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Wasn't feeling it today so I hung out at Linda Vista and turned back. Nice view of the monsoon brewing above. There were a couple of other travelers braving the heat, to my surprise :sweat:
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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May 19 2013
charlomechfry
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 Routes 78
 Triplogs 93

male
 Joined Nov 11 2011
 
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2013
charlomechfry
Hiking11.57 Miles 4,652 AEG
Hiking11.57 Miles
4,652 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
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May 10 2013
Mountain_Rat
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 Guides 11
 Routes 106
 Photos 676
 Triplogs 219

58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Little KimballTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2013
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.16 Miles 4,976 AEG
Hiking9.16 Miles   8 Hrs      1.55 mph
4,976 ft AEG   2 Hrs   5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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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.
Fauna
Fauna
White Tailed Deer

dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
Glassed the area all around the spring. Top soil looked dampish, but no sign of surface water.
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average hiking speed 1.75 mph
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