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Prominent Point via Pima Canyon - 4 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 29 2017
rvcarter
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75 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2017
rvcarter
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,981 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.15 mph
1,981 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Full disclosure: I didn't make it to Prominent Point, but my goal was to go only about half way in the first place. Didn't quite get halfway, but my two hiking buddies went all the way. The main reason for posting this is to recognize their accomplishment. Despite getting a 10:00 a.m. start, they made it all the way up along my previous track, then bushwhacked down to the Pima Canyon Trail, intersecting at about about the 2nd dam. The last two hours were in darkness. Neither of them have a GPS, but they love off trail stuff. They saw a possible drop-off point at about 12S 508531, 3580456 and went almost directly west to the 2nd dam. They described this way as difficult but at least shorter than the shindagger slugfest back down to the canyon below Rosewood Point, which is the traditional way up.

If you're interested in more details, I can put you in touch with them. All in all, the hike to the top is more of a one-and-done because it's not much fun. There are some good views from the point I turned around, but.... who needs the pain. I must be mellowing.

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Oct 28 2017
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30 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jladderud
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,950 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.23 mph
3,950 ft AEG
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Been lurking on this site for a while and figured it's finally time I contributed. I used the posted GPX file to make my way up to Prominent Point. Plenty of cat claw, shin daggers, prickly pear, and other assorted pointy things to keep me on my toes--even with leather boots and gaiters! Made it up in 3:10 with a 7am start. Visited the East Summit via some fun Class 5 stemming up a chimney. I was the first name in that summit register for 2017. Explored around a bit to see if free soloing Finger Rock was an option--but ran out of time and water so I headed back. Took me another 3:10 to get down. Having a GPS track was nice on the decent to stay "on route". A bit warm but not oppressively so. Didn't see a soul after the first 10 minutes. No sign of the bighorn sheep, either.
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May 17 2015
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30 male
 Joined Feb 01 2013
 Tucson, AZ
Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jajohnson11
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,710 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.14 mph
3,710 ft AEG
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Started at Pima Canyon, day was pretty hot. Took plenty of water. Grueling trip once you leave the trail. The first wash makes you think you've covered so much ground... You then get to the first slope, the summit seems to be in sight... but, not even close! Trevor and I called this "false prominent." From false prominent you see the actual ridgeline leading to the summit. That ridgeline was actually a blast to traverse. The end gets VERY steep. My legs started cramping up! The summit is awesome. Great views of the other side, nice cliffs, great views of the cleaver, table, pusch, mt. bighorn, and of course, the city! Made it down in about half the time it took to get up. Another great Catalina bushwack, and one I've wanted to do for quite some time.
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Dec 31 2013
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46 female
 Joined Feb 12 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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sirena
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,710 AEG
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Last chance to hike off-trail in the Bighorn Sheep Management Area, and I wanted to make it count. I had been doing some research on different ways to summit, but chose the Pima Canyon approach for my first attempt.

Bill and I started hiking around 7:30 am. The HAZ description says that the turnoff into the canyon is about 1.6 miles in, it is actually more like 2 miles. The entry is across the creek from the big slabs that I took to Table Mountain last year. There is a nice cairned route that pretty much stays in the canyon bottom. Rosewood Point looms above, but not for long.

We stopped to take a break and noticed that we were at the junction where you go to the right for Rosewood Point. We followed another cairn for the route that curved to the left. The canyon bottom here was pretty open and we had several sections of big slabs to walk up. It got steeper, but didn't require any scrambling.

We had to ascend toward a saddle with a cliff on the left. No longer on a route, we shot straight up the hill. Big rocks came loose from the soil below and shindagger threatened every step. This was the worst footing of the day, both up and down.

We reached the saddle and saw our next big climb past the Thumb to the ridgeline. There were great views into Pima Canyon of the Pusch Ridge peaks. Sadly, for all our climbing, we were not yet above Pusch Peak.

Up until now, we'd been in the shade of the canyon. It was surprisingly hot for the last day of the year. There was a pretty good route heading toward the Thumb- what an impressive slab of rock! Finally we reached the ridgeline and the views were incredible. It was pretty easy walking for most of the ridgeline, just a few small scrambles where it narrowed down near the drainages.

The summit loomed ahead, the final slope steep and unrelenting especially after a long day of uphill. Patches of snow appeared and below the summit I found several large pottery sherds. I would imagine this peak would make a good lookout, given its prominence. We reached the small maze of rocks that make up the Western summit and made a snowman. We posed on top with our New Year's accoutrements.

The summit has fantastic views in every direction, too many peaks to name visible. A peregrine falcon flew overhead- what a great way to spend the last day of the year!

We started down the mountain around 1:30 and made our way along the ridgeline. Now that I've done this way, I'd like to summit via one of the other routes. Cowgill and Glendening say that the most direct route is the gully that comes off the summit into Finger Rock Canyon, and there are ways to get to it via the route to the Guard as well. So many interesting options! Too bad they will have to wait until after the summer, at least there are bighorn sheep to warrant the closures now.

The lighting was spectacular on our way down. We managed to be on a route for most of the time which sped progress over straight bushwhacking. Still, the slope from the cliffs to the bottom of the canyon bend was really loose and unpleasant.

It eased up considerably once we got back down to the streambed. We took a break once we hit the shade, right before the side canyon curved back toward Pima Canyon. It is amazing how quiet and remote it feels back there, even though all that is between you and Tucson is Rosewood Point.

The Pima Canyon Trail seemed like it dragged on forever as usual, we saw our first people of the day a mile away from the trailhead. Made it back in time to watch the sunset light on Prominent Point. It doesn't look as far away from the trailhead, because the long ridge is foreshortened. Although it was a great hike, Bill and I agreed that it would have been even better with Wendy along :) Hope she heals up soon so she can join me on bushwhacking adventures again in the new year.

Overall, the terrain and the route was easier than I had expected. It's a long day, but the views are totally worth the collection of scratches you'll amass hiking to Prominent Point.
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Dec 16 2013
rvcarter
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75 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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rvcarter
Hiking8.00 Miles 3,710 AEG
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Tough day at the office; long gaiters are a must. Hike is long and slow. Allow plenty of time. Great views and unique photo ops. Some scrambling but nothing very difficult nor technical. Just need patience to find the best routes up and down. There are few cairns but the route is pretty obvious. Good luck.
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Nov 10 2013
GrottoGirl
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 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Prominent Point, AZ 
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GrottoGirl
Hiking7.80 Miles 4,557 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   1.17 mph
4,557 ft AEG   3 Hrs   2 Mns Break
 
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We're trying to squeeze in a few off trail treks in the Catalinas before they close it due to the bighorns. We decided to go entirely off-trail for this adventure and so we started from the Campbell trailhead.

Love the ridge line up. The views into Pima canyon and of the Pusch Ridge are excellent!

I enjoyed the summit register as always. Finding older dates is always a lot of fun!

I swore that 1000s of shin daggers stabbed me on the way up. I thought that they all must be pointing downhill. Then on the way down 1000 more stabbed me so I guess they must just always point at the hiker!

I had always heard how tough of a hike this is but I guess all our off-trail adventures just made this one no different than any of the others for us. Training makes everything easier!
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Nov 10 2013
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 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Prominent Point, AZ 
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Hiking7.80 Miles 4,557 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   1.17 mph
4,557 ft AEG   3 Hrs   2 Mns Break
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Great fun!
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Oct 07 2011
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 Joined Feb 26 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Prominent Point via Pima CanyonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 3,710 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.00 mph
3,710 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break20 LBS Pack
 
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I'm happy that I hiked to Prominent Point after spending so much time staring at it from Tucson. The trip up was very scenic and very painful. Despite wearing heavy jeans and a very thick coat, my body accumulated quite an array of small puncture wounds from unfriendly vegetation. Luckily, I only had to yank a couple of pieces of cholla out of my leg. That hurts so much more than getting poked by shindaggers!

Feeling so completely alone and isolated so close to Tucson is deliciously weird. The views from the W. summit and the ridgeline leading to it are incredible. Popping out of the bushes onto the ever-busy Pima Canyon Trail looking battered up and half-insane is hilarious!
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