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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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Apr 27 2013
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
BiFrost
Hiking11.94 Miles 4,505 AEG
Hiking11.94 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.99 mph
4,505 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
SAHC - Group
This is the way to do Mt Kimball simply because you get two great canyons with very short car shuttle. Right at the start we had a bonus of a bull snake on the trail that freaked out another hiker until we told her it was not a rattler. Of course Finger Rock was very steep but we made it up in about 3 and half hours to beat the heat. The views on Kimball are awesome with a steep drop off on three sides and perfect place to sit enjoy an adult beverage and lunch. We spent almost 2 hours on top because the views are that good….and there was another beer in the pack :)

After lunch we headed back down….the others decided to go back down Finger Rock but I headed over to Pima Canyon. The top part of Pima Canyon is really nice…lots of trees, great views of Table Mtn and impressive Pusch ridgeline. Once past Pima Saddle the trail drops quickly into the main part of Pima Canyon and again did not disappoint. Lots of trees, cottonwoods, a few pools and definitely more water than I was expecting. Eventually the trail levels out some and the terrain turns to Sonoran desert. On the desert part was lucky enough to see a Gila Monster that I nearly steeped on and he gave me good hiss before moving on his way. Highlights of the hike were the views off Mt Kimball and the upper part of Pima Canyon Trail.
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Apr 04 2013
desertdutchman
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 Routes 2
 Photos 1
 Triplogs 9

69 male
 Joined Apr 11 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2013
desertdutchman
Hiking4.34 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking4.34 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   1.48 mph
1,450 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Hiked with my brother from Michigan. Could have gone further if we had taken more energy snacks!
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Mar 31 2013
cindyl
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 Routes 7
 Photos 2,650
 Triplogs 225

49 female
 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2013
cindyl
Hiking6.50 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
2,600 ft AEG
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1st trip
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southpawaz
southpawaz wanted to go up to mount kimball, but i didn't have it in me. he left me at linda vista saddle, while he motored on up. i sat at the saddle for a while before i got the bug. i had to climb whatever that was right next to me. i found a safe route up, looked around a bit, then came back down. i didn't bring anything with me up there, and i was expecting a text from southpawaz saying he was almost back down to the turnoff. i met him back there, and we headed down. my oh my was it getting toasty. i had just pointed to the shade of the cottonwood trees down by the spring, when suddenly i found myself head over heels. literally. i guess that i thought it might be faster to go down the trail with sideways somersaults :o (not cartwheels, as the bruises attest). i finally did make it down to that shade and had a little break and found no evidence of brokenness. nice day, but too warm for my blood to be down at that elevation at that time of day. we must find our way to higher ground soon.
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lots of flowers everywhere! of course i didn't go all the way to kimball...

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so nice to see water in this area!
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
Mar 16 2013
Jim_H
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 Guides 61
 Routes 58
 Photos 8,548
 Triplogs 1,877

42 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2013
Jim_H
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,522 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   9 Hrs      1.33 mph
4,522 ft AEG
 
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This was a little bit much just 2 days after Kimball from Pima Canyon, and more so with not really hiking for more than 2 weeks before that. There is a little water in Finger Rock, but you leave it very quickly and start the climb. Ordinarily I like that, but my legs were tired. Not just sore, but very tired. I had that about 5 years ago in Colorado and needed a rest day, and then the following day I was better and stronger. I guess I'm old enough to need 2 rest days. Anyway, it was a nice but hard hike to the top of Finger Rock, with the best part to come. It still seems a little early for most flowers, but there were a few out.

The highlights really came after the crest. Making my way over to the Ventana Trail junction, I knew I wasn't going to go to the Window. I still wanted to hike to the top of the ridge line, so I hiked the last few switchbacks adding in 360'. Almost to my turn around point, I ran in to Cindy. I recognized her face, and didn't notice her HAZ shirt until she pointed it out.

The grassy upper slopes are nice, but the oak filled canyon bottom and surprisingly heavy flowing creek in the desert riparian area was really great. You really don't even have to get that far up the trail to see the water, but the heavy flows are higher up. I stopped a number of times to soak my feet, listen to the water and birds, and enjoy the cool canyon shade in the late afternoon. If you want a low desert riparian area, Ventana Canyon is it.
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Let's go Brandon!!!!! Let's go Brandon!!!!
Feb 26 2013
Smiles7269
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 Triplogs 10

33 female
 Joined Feb 24 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2013
Smiles7269
Hiking6.92 Miles 4,085 AEG
Hiking6.92 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   2.14 mph
4,085 ft AEG
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that was AWESOME! Im pretty new to this whole thing and totally in love with it! I should've kept going but turned around at 3.5 miles (which doesnt add up to the end total?!:))I'd get all distracted by watching my footing and then when I'd look up it would feel like i got punched in the heart, every time! its so amazing and beautiful, everything is so BIG! :D ill go further next time!!
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Feb 19 2013
The_Dude
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 Guides 1
 Routes 114
 Photos 1,367
 Triplogs 351

43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2013
The_Dude
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,130 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.40 mph
1,130 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Got in a quickie before heading back home to Phoenix this week. I have been wanting to climb Mt. Kimball for a while, so I thought I would check out the start of the trail at least. I see some great possibilities for when I have a bit more time on my hands...
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Feb 15 2013
rvcarter
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 Guides 36
 Routes 310
 Photos 2,235
 Triplogs 241

75 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2013
rvcarter
Hiking5.80 Miles 4,172 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
4,172 ft AEG
 
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The only value add for this triplog is to mention that my gps route (rvcarter)includes a short but very doable climb to the little peak above the Linda Vista off the Finger Rock Trail. Just go around to the right and look for a crease in the rocks. It's not a hard addition.
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Jan 02 2013
Mountain_Rat
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 Guides 11
 Routes 106
 Photos 676
 Triplogs 219

58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2013
Mountain_Rat
Hiking10.23 Miles 5,075 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   9 Hrs   22 Mns   1.49 mph
5,075 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Wonderful hike on a perfect day with a great partner.
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Dec 21 2012
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 Dec 21 2012
Jeffshadows
Hiking3.80 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
2,850 ft AEG
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Went in to Linda Vista. The trail was packed but I met a few cool folks along the way.
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Dec 09 2012
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
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 Photos 11,581
 Triplogs 1,358

46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Canyon to Ventana Canyon, AZ 
Pontatoc Canyon to Ventana Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2012
GrottoGirl
Hiking13.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   10 Hrs   52 Mns   1.65 mph
5,000 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
This IS my FAVORITE hike in the front range of the Catalinas! It is one tough hike!

We connected Pontatoc Canyon with a bushwhack to Ventana Canyon. We stopped at an awesome lookout over Ventana Canyon. Then proceeded to climb a peak that had spectacular views in all directions. Then we hopped onto the Finger Rock trail and followed it over to Ventana Canyon. On the way down Ventana Canyon a fellow hiker hurt his knee so it took us a bit longer to come down.

I started the hike seeing a Cardinal and ended seeing one! Must have been my lucky day!
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Dec 09 2012
RedwallNHops
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 Guides 1
 Routes 10
 Photos 548
 Triplogs 1,289

46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Pontatoc Canyon to Ventana Canyon, AZ 
Pontatoc Canyon to Ventana Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2012
RedwallNHops
Hiking13.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   10 Hrs   52 Mns   1.65 mph
5,000 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
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What a butt-kicker. Was surprised to see that no-one had signed the Gorp Peak summit log since 09.
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Nov 29 2012
Mountain_Rat
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 Guides 11
 Routes 106
 Photos 676
 Triplogs 219

58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Window Peak via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Nov 29 2012
Mountain_Rat
Hike & Climb15.65 Miles 7,044 AEG
Hike & Climb15.65 Miles   10 Hrs   56 Mns   1.62 mph
7,044 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Just found this one on the GPS. Excellent hike. My main goal was to bag the entire Finger Rock Trail then I couldn't resist the short trot to The Window from there. The Finger Rock vanishes not far from it's junction with the Pima Trail, showing itself once again a few hundred meters before meeting the Ventana & Esperero. Though little sign of a trail exists, it's a pretty easy bushwack if you keep an eye on the huge spires ahead. The initial 4 miles of the Finger Rock (both up and down) are brutal, while the rest of this trek are relaxing and breathtaking. This is one to put on your list.
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Aug 05 2012
Pivo
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 Guides 2
 Routes 432
 Photos 4,638
 Triplogs 3,628

65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2012
Pivo
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.93 mph
4,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break27 LBS Pack
 
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Baja Arizona Hiking
This is never a fun hike; I always look at it as a conditioning hike. Thankfully it was overcast for the entire ascent,for about 30 minutes we had sprinkles too. This made it very slippery on the already slippery rocky areas.
Finished around 12:30, I headed straight home, to dive into a plate of homemade Super Nachos and a few Tecates.
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Apr 26 2012
sirena
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 Guides 2
 Routes 4
 Photos 3,873
 Triplogs 362

47 female
 Joined Feb 12 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2012
sirena
Hiking6.25 Miles 2,524 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   5 Hrs      2.08 mph
2,524 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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Partners none no partners
Started out at 9am and it was hot, already umbrella weather. Thankfully the clouds rolled in soon after. It's been a while since I've been on this trail and it's as steep as I remember, but also quite beautiful when stopping to catch your breath. The trail was colorful in the lower reaches, plenty of wildflowers and cactus blooms. It's always nice to see the first saguaro blooms of the season. I am hoping that this year is better than last one for saguaro fruit, as there was hardly any last year due to the measly rains. As I made it closer to Linda Vista, the skies darkened and the wind really picked up. It was really cold at the saddle and difficult to enjoy my break with all the wind, so I ate a snack and decided that was as far as I was going to go today.

As I started back down, it began to rain and I was not happy with the thought of wet, steep, slippery, sloping slabs. Then as quickly as it began, the rain stopped and the high winds blew all the dark clouds away. Before I knew it, it was clear, sunny, and warm again. Took a break to do some much-needed writing in my journal- I most enjoy writing when out on a trail and it's been way too long. So much going on right now with my transition from massage therapist to working on the river- my first trip is coming up in two weeks! I process things best when I sit down and write, old-school pen and paper style outdoors.
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Mar 31 2012
Dennyforreal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 149
 Triplogs 131

36 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2012
Dennyforreal
Hiking12.60 Miles 4,306 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   5 Hrs      2.52 mph
4,306 ft AEG
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Mar 11 2012
dsutekh
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 Triplogs 13

41 male
 Joined Sep 27 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2012
dsutekh
Hiking6.30 Miles 4,306 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles
4,306 ft AEG
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Feb 23 2012
sierrasoul
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 Photos 53
 Triplogs 6

46 female
 Joined Feb 09 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2012
sierrasoul
Hiking5.50 Miles 4,306 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.57 mph
4,306 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I did not make it to the top (again)... I did however complete about 5.5 mi by the time I got back to my truck. It was a gorgeous day and I knew I didn't have enough time to make it the whole way, but I also realized by the time I turned around that I did not have the desire to continue any higher haha! I don't really feel safe balance-wise up there, feel like I could lose my footing at any time on some of those gravel covered rocks and then off the cliff I would go :( So, especially b/c I go alone most of the time, I try to listen to my gut and not push my limits too much. Anyway, the flowers were out and I got some great pics and just enjoyed being out hiking instead of buried in my books. I could go on about the flowers I saw but the pictures say it best so check 'em out!!
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Feb 17 2012
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 Feb 17 2012
Jeffshadows
Hiking8.20 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
3,200 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Went into Loma. It was waaaay too cold for this trail with the low cloud ceiling and wind but it was a challenge we rarely get here so I didn't want it to go to waste.
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Feb 11 2012
Pivo
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 Guides 2
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 Photos 4,638
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Mt Kimball via finger Rock & Pima Canyon, AZ 
Mt Kimball via finger Rock & Pima Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2012
Pivo
Hiking10.52 Miles 5,658 AEG
Hiking10.52 Miles   6 Hrs      1.75 mph
5,658 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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Baja Arizona Hiking
Perfect day for this hike. after the summit we went down towards Pima Canyon for a ways and then back up to head down the Finger Rock trail.
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Nov 16 2011
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 60
 Photos 1,221
 Triplogs 830

47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2011
azdesertfather
Hiking10.00 Miles 5,100 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.15 mph
5,100 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Nice day out. Saw maybe a half dozen people out on the trail, mostly senior couples with :wlift:
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