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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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Mar 28 2020
SpiderLegs
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54 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
SpiderLegs
Hiking9.40 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.01 mph
4,200 ft AEG
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Well I came close, thought I was on the highest peak and even scrambled up some boulders and didn't see anything taller. But alas I was off by a quarter mile and missed the actual summit.

Started bright and early with frigid 35 degree temps in the parking lot and in a few spots along the way up it felt like it dipped another 10 degrees. I was the first person on the trail and had the whole place to myself until the descent. Started running into people around the Linda Vista saddle. Other than the chilly temps, it was almost perfect conditions. Trail is in great shape and made good time up and down.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Finger Rock Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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Feb 06 2020
RedwallNHops
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46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2020
RedwallNHops
Hiking5.28 Miles 2,280 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.44 mph
2,280 ft AEG
 
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After work trip to where the guard route splits off
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Feb 01 2020
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
chumley
Hiking12.29 Miles 4,387 AEG
Hiking12.29 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   2.26 mph
4,387 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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I had penciled in a superidgeline for the day, but decided that it would end up being warmer than my sensitive nordic parts could handle. So somehow we ended up deciding on this one, which was a new peak for me. We planned to lyftuber the shuttle, but ended up with an even better option. Thanks Pivo! Finger Rock is a solid trail and an enjoyable climb. There were a few patches of snow in the shaded spots up top, but the summit was bare. That's apparently a thing that happens here.

I'd been led to believe that FR was super steep to descend, which is why we opted to go ccw. But the upper half of PC seemed to be crazy steep to me too. The last 2 miles the sun baked on us and I was happy not to be in the western soups. But I'm looking forward to the valley snow in the forecast in a couple of days. Let's have some winter for a bit.
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Feb 01 2020
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
John9L
Hiking12.29 Miles 4,387 AEG
Hiking12.29 Miles   6 Hrs   2 Mns   2.26 mph
4,387 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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chumley
Pivo
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This was a fun hike with the crew. We met Pivo and shuttled a car and started in. We made the huge climb and took a long break on the summit. From there it was the long descent and then back to the trailhead. I really enjoyed this hike. You get fairly far up there and the views are outstanding.
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Jan 27 2020
RedwallNHops
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46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2020
RedwallNHops
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
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2 hour hike after work.
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Nov 22 2019
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2019
Mountain_Rat
Hiking8.24 Miles 3,942 AEG
Hiking8.24 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   1.80 mph
3,942 ft AEG      6 Mns Break12.3 LBS Pack
 
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Started out with Kimball as my goal, but freezing water, mud, ice and time all conspired against me. As I came to the chute, just beyond where you cross the canyon (at the upper end, near the campsite), it was running and the walls were crumbing as I watched. I could have pushed through it, but it would have been a very slow and painfully cold go of it, so I pulled the plug and headed back. The descent slogged by until I passed Linda Vista where the ice seemed to let up. No humans except in the first 1/4ish mile. Guess they didn't want to get their feet wet.

The new pack is working very well so far. It's really meant for runners, but I was able to haul 12 lbs with no problem. I don't think I'll get the mileage that I did from my Ultra 10, but this one was only 1/3 the price. Stay tuned for further pack news.
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Sep 28 2019
SpiderLegs
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54 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
SpiderLegs
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,850 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.30 mph
1,850 ft AEG
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Had a two and a half hour window to get in as hard of a hike as I could muster while my dog was at the vet's office this morning. Looked this hike up and at only ten minutes from my vet it fit the bill. Think the last time I was at the end of Alvernon was 33 years ago before they started building houses up there and I was run off by a cop while splitting a 6 pack with a friend. Place looks a lot different now.

Perfect day for a hike, temps in the 70's and once on the climb was mostly in the shade. First time on this trail and I left pinching myself over the fact I live less than 20 minutes away from such a cool trail. Can't wait to go back to further explore.
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Mar 26 2019
RedwallNHops
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46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2019
RedwallNHops
Hiking2.29 Miles 577 AEG
Hiking2.29 Miles      47 Mns   2.99 mph
577 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Mar 16 2019
ShatteredArm
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38 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Kimball - Pima Canyon TraverseTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 16 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog12.82 Miles 4,279 AEG
Run/Jog12.82 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.42 mph
4,279 ft AEG
 
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This one was a pretty good adventure... Finger Rock to Pima Canyon. Got dropped off at Finger Rock TH in the morning, and headed up. The first mile to the creek crossing was pretty joggable. Then the climbing really started.

A mile or so later of grinding uphill, rounded the corner, and vegetation started changing. Nice views down into the canyon, and it finally feels like you're out of civilization. Hit the juniper forest, and started climbing again. Creeks were all flowing nicely, and the weather was beautiful.

This is one where you're really glad to be at the top, and you want to stay there forever. One of my favorite views in the Pusch Ridge wilderness, but it's a 4,000 climb in 4.5 miles to get there.

The upper reaches of Pima Canyon trail, still in the conifers, had patches of snow. Luckily by the time you start traversing along the top of the cliff, it was dry. I can see this stretch being very sketchy if it's icy. Pima Canyon trail is pretty rough going down, but a lot of fun. Filled up at the old dam or whatever it was, and the rest of the way was nice, but uneventful.

This one would probably be a little easier going up Pima and down Finger, but what's the fun in that? This is an excellent shuttle route, highly recommend.
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Apr 14 2018
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   1.94 mph
4,200 ft AEG      18 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Weird day on the mountain. I arrived at the TH just after 07:00 to find the parking lot full. Not a big problem as this lot is private property, so 'Creative Parking' is the weekend norm. As I pulled in, I saw a large hiking group just departing, so I drug mt feet until 07:30 in hopes I would avoid trying to pass them. I figured that I would see quite a few people, but by the 2ish mile mark, had only come across a pair of moron, frat boyz, cawing like jungle birds into the canyon (still half in the bag from last night).

From there, it was peaceful all the way to Kimball, where I came upon a group of about 15 mutes. I barked out a general greeting, bold enough to cover everyone present, but most didn't even flinch. The few who did react, gave strange looks as if I were a Sasquatch in their living room or something.
Here's a picture I took of them... :scared: :o :( :--: :--: :--: :-s 8-[ :scared: :o :stop:
Then they gave me that look that a baby gets when it's filling up a diaper for you. I guess I arrived at just the wrong time, as there seemed to be a general panic that nobody's snap-book or insta-face was working because everyone was trying to wifi off the one Verizon customer who had service up there. It was total Millennial-Madness, so I quickly tagged it and split.

The trip down was much better. I crossed paths with a lot of friendly, trail type people, none of which were suffering smart phone withdrawals. I even stopped to chat with several of them (potential HAZers, some).

On the way home, I stopped for a Double-Jack w/ Cheese and a pair of Jack's Tacos (they make good insoles :lol: ). I'm kind of thinking that this might be the end of the nice weather, so I'm glad I got out, even if it were on the weekend. :D

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
No sign of water anywhere along the route
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Mar 09 2018
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2018
Mountain_Rat
Hiking4.16 Miles 1,329 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   1.72 mph
1,329 ft AEG      28 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked with my daughter to the cave, took a break, then headed back. We are both on the mend, so we made for good trail partners.
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Feb 17 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.30 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   1.99 mph
4,500 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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I recently made my first trek on this hike, and what an awesome hike it was. The hike is a buttkicker -- my Garmin GPS measured an elevation gain of 4,300' in the first 5 miles -- but the views along the way and at the top are awesome.

It had rained the day before, and there were a lot of low lying clouds in the area -- it was cool to be above the clouds as we gained elevation. The trail had a lot of large smooth rocks on it, and was still wet from the rain the day before. The combination of damp rocks and wet soles of my shoes made the trail a bit slippery, so I wound up going much slower than normal.

The hike begins at the Richard McKee Finger Rock trailhead, and the Finger Rock trail is followed until it intersects with the Pima Canyon Trail. At the junction, you take a left and in short order you'll be at a spur trail that goes up to the Mt. Kimball peak.

If you like a challenging hike with awesome views, I'd highly recommend this one. I would not want to do this hike in hot weather though -- wintertime seems about right.
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Aug 20 2017
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2017
Mountain_Rat
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   1.78 mph
4,400 ft AEG      25 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I thought I heard the chipmunks calling, so I loaded up with the most tasteless, rubbery, raw, unsalted almonds I could get my hands on, and headed up the trail.

Thinking I could stand to drop a few pounds, I started out 12 hours fasted and pushed it as hard as I could the whole way up. This was tougher than I thought it might be, as my muscles just didn't want to cooperate with the rest of me. In a nutshell, it just made me lumbering and clumsy. Too, it made me drink about twice the water that I normally would have, so this may not be the best approach to weight control.

I only saw 2 hikers on the way up and 2 on the way down, all below the 3 mile mark. I could discern only 2 sets of human tracks above Linda Vista since the last rain, several days ago. The upper part of the trail is in pretty rough shape right now, until some people get up there and pound the thing back out. That will happen soon enough.

So, anyway, I saw some chipmunks. They didn't seem to recognize me anymore, but I remember them, the little nut-munchin, circus critters. They did at least thank me for almonds as I emptied the bag about the area. While at the top, I sat and ate a pig-ear (It's pork loin jerky. It just looks like an ear), then started back.

The trip back was much like the ascent. I set no records today, but may have lost a pound or 2. I guess I won't know until tomorrow though, cuz I stopped and pigged-out on the way home. My guess is a net gain for today.
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Feb 24 2017
jrousoshammond
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33 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Pima to Sabino, AZ 
Pima to Sabino, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 24 2017
jrousoshammond
Backpack26.56 Miles 9,650 AEG
Backpack26.56 Miles2 Days      52 Mns   
9,650 ft AEG
 
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Started up Pima Canyon on a Friday night and camped about 4.5 miles up the trail. There was water the entire way up, lots of greenery, and the trail was in the best shape that I'd ever seen it. The views out of the canyon at night were amazing, and the weather was beautifully mild.

As I headed further up the canyon the next day, the water became spottier. Realizing that my next guaranteed source of water would be Bridal Veil Falls several canyons over, I decided to top off my water here. Carrying the full pack up to the top of Kimball was quite challenging, and I was worried I might have to bail out through Ventana Canyon if Window Peak was too much. After an hour on the summit of just eating and drinking as much as possible, I actually felt great, and the hike up to the Window and Window Peak felt much better than Kimball. The late afternoon weather was perfect yet again, and after using my last bit of cell service to learn that Oregon didn't implode against Stanford ](*,) , I headed down Esperero Canyon to spend the night at the falls.

MSimmons came up early the next morning, and we easily regained the elevation I lost the night before. We had some bizarre snow/wind/sun on our summit bushwhack, but nothing too ominous. Though we didn't attempt the true summit, I found the rope, and feel good about finding it again with less effort whenever I decide to go back. I started up the formation about 10 feet, was reeeeeeally temped to keep going, but with an old rope, a bit of ice, and worn-out shoes, I didn't want to get too committed.

The rest of the hike was a bit of a blur, since we were utterly desperate to catch the final shuttle out of the canyon. I hadn't been through the West Fork before, and the upper portions of it are top-notch. The stream crossing after Hutch's pool was really tricky, but if I had time I'd probably just take the boots off and walk through it. Hope to be back in this area again with some more time on my hands...
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Jan 24 2017
GeeEss
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67 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2017
GeeEss
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   1.06 mph
2,300 ft AEG
 
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Hell it was cold up there. Hiked up looking for Agaves, and found lots of cold, wet, ice and some snow. Plenty of ice on the smooth rocky upper reaches of the trail. Found a nice flat spot with a view, ate some fruit, then hiked back down. Completely treacherous with all the ice....
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Nov 26 2016
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2016
Pivo
Hiking6.07 Miles 2,601 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.68 mph
2,601 ft AEG      14 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Sandy said this was a DNR do not repeat.Hiked to Linda Vista Saddle. There were lots of first timers out today. Good workout as always.
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Sep 30 2016
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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azdesertfather
Hiking7.29 Miles 3,632 AEG
Hiking7.29 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   1.64 mph
3,632 ft AEG
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Hike with a friend, didn't quite make it to Kimball as planned, due to a work commitment.
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Sep 03 2016
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
BiFrost
Hiking14.44 Miles 5,235 AEG
Hiking14.44 Miles   11 Hrs   13 Mns   1.57 mph
5,235 ft AEG   2 Hrs   2 Mns Break
 
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We were in Tucson for Labor Day weekend visiting friends so on Saturday we decided to hike Mt Kimball and Window Peak. Unfortunately we got late start and ran out of time towards the end of the day. Starting on Finger Rock Trail we headed for Mt Kimball. Everything went smoothly up to the summit but the trail was rough, steep, and slow going for us. We did enjoy the summit spending about 30 mins on top...really can't beat the views of Cathedral, Lemmon, and WOR in the heart of the Catalina's from Mt Kimball.

After leaving Kimball we continued on Finger Rock Trail towards Window Peak to the Ventana junction. This 2 mile section is very rough and faint in spots but there are some well marked and placed cairns along the way which make following the trail manageable. We finally made the junction but by this time it was almost 4pm so we decided to pass on Window Peak.

With only 2 and half hours of light left we headed down Ventana Canyon. Very lush picturesque canyon especially in the top part but again rough trail and overgrowth made our progress slow. We reached the last 1.5 miles as it was getting dark and fortunately we had a ride waiting for us at the Ventana TH. Good hike despite the rough going but we still have to come back and do Window Peak so unfinished business on these trails.
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Sep 03 2016
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
slowandsteady
Hiking14.44 Miles 5,235 AEG
Hiking14.44 Miles   11 Hrs   13 Mns   1.57 mph
5,235 ft AEG   2 Hrs   2 Mns Break
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Aug 04 2016
Mountain_Rat
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58 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Tucson, AZ
Finger Rock Trail #42Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2016
Mountain_Rat
Hiking5.66 Miles 2,123 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.76 mph
2,123 ft AEG      14 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Thought I would try for another 2,100', but this time on a tougher trail. I did pretty well considering the slippery conditions. Could have made it to Linda Vista if I had another 1/2 hour to spare, but I didn't today. Oh well, shouldn't push it anyway.

dry Finger Rock Canyon Dry Dry
Upper canyon is roaring, but the lower 2 miles had nothing. It's rained for about 5 days straight now.

dry Finger Rock Spring Dry Dry
Damp, but nothing above the surface.
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