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Nov 17 2018
Tuxon
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 Sedona,AZ
Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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Tuxon
Hike & Climb7.20 Miles 3,600 AEG
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I had never heard of Finger Rock Guard until I saw the it posted on a hiking club. Went out with three people yesterday to tackle this beast. The route is as described on the other triplogs. The one way distance is around 3.6 miles with 3600 feet of gain, however the first mile of the hike is just a warmup gaining around 400 feet. It's another 1.6 miles to the turnoff. Only one more mile to go, how hard can that be???? Hard.

From there you can see the trail that leads to the saddle just below FRG. Drop down to the drainage and follow the trail to the saddle. It's pretty well mark but some tall grass in places will make you pause to find the route. Once at the saddle take the left trail that has a well cairned route to the summit. Shortly you will come to the part that may leave some hikers behind. There is a small chute with a weathered rope still in place. I decided to take the chute just to the left and a rope there would have been handy since I do have a fear of rocks breaking and then myself falling. Once you get past that section just followed the cairns to the top. Unfortunately I did not make it to the tippy top this time as there is an exposed step to the actual summit where the log register is. Next time.
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Nov 10 2018
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RedwallNHops
Hike & Climb7.40 Miles 3,894 AEG
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Great day for this. Fun scramble to the top
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Oct 19 2018
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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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MSimmons
Hike & Climb7.40 Miles 3,894 AEG
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My birthday hike, and a lot of fun. The route from the final saddle up to the summit takes you through a neat little complex of cliffs, pillars, and chutes, and though the heights frayed my nerves and the scrambling proved a little tricky, it was definitely worth it.
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Oct 19 2018
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jrousoshammond
Hike & Climb7.40 Miles 3,894 AEG
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First time crossing over to the Finger Rock side of the canyon and first time up the Guard! The sheep make me a little hesitant to try this kind of stuff, even though the closure isn't in effect, but after so many times hiking up to Kimball it's amazing getting into this familiar-yet-unfamiliar area. The routefinding was doable (just wear long pants) and the climbing was fun (if that's your thing). The size and complexity of these cliffs and rock formations are impossible to appreciate without getting into the thick of it. Also read some...um...descriptive :-k entries in the summit register. A very magical place indeed!
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Dec 29 2017
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Upper Finger Rock Canyon, AZ 
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Canyoneering1.50 Miles 1,250 AEG
Canyoneering1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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I've always liked to go non-technical canyoneering but lately disappointed at how some of the nicest canyons like Bird and Ventana are no longer possible to really enjoy due to massive amounts of fountain grass. When I was younger I had attempted to go up Finger Rock canyon from the spring and reached the 2nd box before I bailed to the trail in the 100 degree heat. A few months ago I saw some SAHC photos of upper Finger Rock canyon that were amazingly beautiful and so I put it on my list to check out.

NOTE: This off-trail area is part of the Pusch Ridge Bighorn Sheep Management Restricted area and closed from Jan 1st through April 30th.

Was feeling terrible on my way up to Linda Vista Saddle and as I reached the approach trail I thought to myself that I'd just go a bit down the approach trail and sit there for a while and then head back home. Went all the way down to the canyon and it was really nice down there and so I became inspired to do the canyon from the approach crossing all the way up to the trail at 6300 ft.

My exploration of this canyon segment was the most memorable trek I've had in a really long time. Felt like I was in a dream and I didn't want it to ever end but I had an afternoon engagement. I'm sure someone did something more awesome and with more AEG and a tyrolean traverse but for me this was perfect and could have only been better if I saw some animals because surprisingly the canyon was virtually a deadzone that morning.

I never had a chance to meet imike but I think he would have also liked this trek.
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Dec 09 2016
rvcarter
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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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rvcarter
Hiking7.13 Miles 3,783 AEG
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Our semi-annual trip up to the "Guard". Six months is enough time to forget how physically demanding this hike is, but it never fails to deliver on a fantastic scrambling, climbing (non-technical) adventure. The trail is much more beaten in than our first time up several years back, even with the grass which partially obscures it in some places. Drop into the canyon at the sharp right hand turn in the Finger Rock Trail and reclimb the lost elevation to the obvious saddle. From the saddle, take the left-most path up, around, and through to the top. There are lots of twists and turns. There is one place that a 15-20 foot rope is helpful, but if you scramble some, that chute should pose no problem. The last move to reach the top is a little tricky, but manageable without a rope. There is almost always someone in the group that really appreciates the rope.

It is important to reiterate that the right most path from the saddle will take you nowhere. Mike tried it last on one of the last trips up and cliffed out. The climbers trail that is used to reach the west side of Finger Rock (for the technical climb) is reached a good bit further up. Look for the cairns just after a sharp left hand turn.

Weather was perfect, my four companions were great and didn't complain. Good day on the mountain. It was good to see my old friend the Finger, which will now be off limits because of the Bighorn Reintro project till May 1st.
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May 06 2016
fearnestiv
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 Catalina, AZ
Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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fearnestiv
Hike & Climb7.40 Miles 3,894 AEG
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Joined fellow Saddlebrooke hikers for a memorable hike up Finger Rock Canyon and climber's trail to Finger Rock Guard and Finger Rock. Frank Earnest, Sharon Simpson and Ray Peale all scrambled up the Guard, and Roy Carter, Mike Wolter and Frank Brier scaled Finger Rock. Had perfect weather and no mishaps!
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Oct 23 2015
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Hike & Climb7.40 Miles 3,894 AEG
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Quite the day. I met up with Roy and his gang at the TH and we proceeded up the Finger Rock trail. It would seem that I was the only one in the group of 7 who had not done this one before, so I felt like I was in good hands. I was feeling pretty good today and really did fine as far as the hiking went, but when it came to the climbing parts (there are 3 in particular) I was at a pucker level floating between 7 and 10. Not being a climber, I didn’t really see some of these spots as being even passable. In fact, I’m still kind of amazed that we went where we went and returned without issue. The views from the summit were unreal, except for Finger Rock itself which look like a tiny tower of rock below. I would probably have enjoyed the time up top much more had I not been preoccupied with the whole having to do the down climb thing. Next time I’ll certainly take a more relaxed approach to it, and as far as I’m concerned, that could be any day
All in all, a day to remember. We didn’t set any speed record, but I for one had a blast with some great company. Thanks, Roy for guiding the way. Good Times. Good Times…

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Finger Rock Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

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Oct 23 2015
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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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rvcarter
Hike & Climb7.28 Miles 3,788 AEG
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I love this hike, but do it only once or twice a year because, frankly it's tough. It seems that the trail is more obscured this year due to grass. It is difficult to follow in spots, even though I've been up here 10-12 times. There are a good number of cairns to help find the way, but the best advice is to just keep heading to the saddle onthe NE side of the guard. At the saddle, don't be tempted to continue straight (there is nothing but heartache down there), but turn left and take your time. There is one spot where a 15 foot rope comes in handy, especially for shorter people.

We had most of the usual Saddlebrooke group (Bertie, Margaret, Sharon, Neil, and Ray), two of whom had come up with me the first time about 8 years ago. Our special guest, Matt (Mountain Rat) fit right in and had a great time (even tho his triplog at hikearizona.com/#T_ ... ___1 suggests he doesn't get many opportunities for this kind of rock scrambling). I couldn't believe he was going running afterward.

The views from the top of the guard are unique in every direction. The finger itself is hard to make out against the backdrop of Prominent Point (check out Matt's pics). I admire everyone who has climbed the Finger. My climbing group would like to try it sometime, if we can find a mule to carry our gear up.

Beautiful day, fantastic hike, great friends, life is good.
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Sep 14 2015
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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb2.50 Miles
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Oct 31 2014
rvcarter
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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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rvcarter
Hike & Climb7.53 Miles 3,790 AEG
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Eight hardy souls from Saddlebrooke braved the heat and the grassy trail to make what has become our annual trip to Finger Rock Guard. It was a little warm so we took lots of breaks, but the breeze was great except for the last couple of miles back along the wash. I was concerned that the trail would be overgrown, but it was pretty clear the whole way. Fantastic day. No pictures; can you believe no one took a camera? There is some flowing water at the bottom of the canyon before heading up to the saddle, but you may not be able to count on it more than a few weeks.
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Dec 28 2013
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Finger Rock Guard 6475Tucson, AZ
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Hike & Climb8.13 Miles 4,551 AEG
Hike & Climb8.13 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   1.72 mph
4,551 ft AEG   4 Hrs   59 Mns Break
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Pro: Our lead climber placed two trad pieces in addition to using the bolt.
We talked our friends who did this climb while we were off doing other adventures to do it again. Boy was it worth it!

We did the climb in one long pitch even though Mountain Project noted it was a two pitch climb. It was rated as 5.8 but I didn't think it was that tough of a climb since I was able to do it with my gimp shoulder on toprope.

The Mountain Project Description says, "Parties who successfully summit will be either highly rewarded or permanently traumatized. The exposure atop Finger Rock is extreme. The teetering flake that caps the pinnacle adds to the excitement."

I'm not permanently traumatized so I guess I'm becoming somewhat immune to exposure. Being on the top of a rock that I've stared at for years was pretty darn cool!

Joel and I have now completed all the named front range summits: Pusch, Cleaver, Big Horn, Table, Table Tooth, Valentine, Prominent Point (west), Finger Rock Guard, Kimball, Little Kimball, GORP, Cathedral Peak, Rattlesnake, McFall Crags, and now the Finger!
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RedwallNHops
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Hike & Climb8.13 Miles 4,551 AEG
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Finally was able to bag this one. I was lucky enough to have 30 minutes up on the summit rock. There was more room up there than I expected :)
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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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May 06 2012
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Hike & Climb6.40 Miles 3,560 AEG
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Another person posted a triplog for Finger Rock Guard here, so I'm going to take the liberty of doing the same. The route is essentially the same except for the very end - where the technical climbers go to the right and to the actual finger and the rest to the left and the guard.

This was a tough hike, our group of five experienced a 40% attrition rate before dipping down into the canyon to ascend up to the guard. I hiked Finger Rock Trial to Mt. Kimball the week before, and I found this hike to be more challenging.

The first few miles on the Finger Rock Trail before veering off east, toward The Finger are a relentless ascent. Not hard, but I find quite boring, especially on the way back (which can be full sun and slippery if you're hiking midmorning/afternoon).

Though I'm not a fan of losing elevation that I've just gained, the dip down into the canyon at the trail juncture was welcome. That same stretch on the way back, about 500 feet of relatively steep up, was also gratefully taken up by my tired legs. The steep, rocky, and dirty hike down from the guard was taxing for me. Every time my mind wandered or I glanced at the horizon, I would go into a controlled slide, if I was lucky, or fall onto something, if I wasn't.

As for the guard, I'm not a fan of heights. I made it to about 100 feet from the top when I chickened out. I probably could have made it and if I hike this again, I most certainly will. But I'll leave my pack at the base so that I don't have to worry about that throwing off my balance. There was only one spot that felt pretty exposed and I made it up (and more importantly down) that with little beyond a fluttering heart and scrapes and bruises for hugging the rocks too tightly.

I don't hike with poles, but someone in my group lent me one of his and I was SO happy to have it. The other person who made it the whole way with us, didn't have poles and seemed to do completely fine without them. But I highly recommend you bring at least one.

ETA: I think the mileage is off - as is indicated in the trail description. Unfortunately I don't have a GPS device so don't have the ability to calculate it. However, per description, it's about 3 miles before you hit the trail juncture and the unofficial (yet fairly well developed) trail to Finger Rock. Then I'd VERY roughly estimate a mile down into the canyon and then back up, up, and up to the Rock and Guard. Our trip leader posted the hike as 7.5 RT, but I'd guess 8+. We came back very slow, but I really can't imagine that this could be done in three hours unless you were running it (which would make you a crazy person), so the info on the trail description could be quite misleading to someone unfamiliar with the area.
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Dec 07 2011
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Hike & Climb6.40 Miles 3,560 AEG
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Didn't actually finish, but got up much of the way to Finger Rock--running out of daylight. It is very steep on the trail up to Finger Rock. Not too bad going up, but a lot of heavy breathing. Going down was harder. The steepness meant a lot more slipping and trouble with steady footing than I would like. However, the route was well marked with numerous cairns.
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Nov 21 2010
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Don Graydon
Climbing8.00 Miles 3,400 AEG
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[This triplog really should be under a heading like "Finger Rock Guard," but I didn't see any such category. So, since I found my way up this beautiful rock pile thanks to an earlier writeup under "Finger Rock Summit," that's where I'm putting this one. Round-trip 8 miles, one-way up 3-1/2 hours, 3400' elevation gain (plus 200' in and out of the canyon).]

A cloudy day, some wind, chance of rain. Maybe not the best day to hike to the Finger Rock Guard. But I just put one foot in front of the other and was soon 3 miles up the Finger Rock trail, a good 2000 feet gain above the trailhead. I could see Finger Rock for most of the way, though it eventually disappeared behind the Guard, its blocky tower of a neighbor to the right (east).

About 5 minutes after I lost sight of Finger Rock, the trail flattened out and began its sharp turn to the right. At this point it was easy to spot the modest track that heads to the left and down into the canyon. From here I could see this track as it worked its way up out of the other side of the canyon.

This rough path loses 200 feet to the canyon bottom before gaining 1000 feet to the broad saddle to the right of the Guard. Just past the firepit at the saddle, one little trail goes right (to Finger Rock, I believe), while the left-hand route sends you up 500 feet of lovely scrambling to the summit of the Guard. Many thanks to the people who pioneered this nicely cairned route through these colorful rock faces and spires. There were only two spots where a conservative sort like myself might have preferred less exposure.

The summit was cloudy, windy and cold, even with my gloves, wool cap and fleece shirt. I wanted to stretch out on the gracious rock slabs at the summit for lunch and a nap, but instead I headed down. A good bit of artfully applied buttage got me back down to the saddle.

[PS: Now after hiking Wasson, Pusch, Picacho, Safford and the Guard on my November visit here from the Seattle area, I'm ready for Window Peak, the Thimble and Ragged Top. If only I had a partner . . . . . ]
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Hiking7.00 Miles 3,799 AEG
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My dad and I hiked up to the guard. i haven't been here in years. the wall climb up on the guard seems to have eroded some since my last visit and i'm no longer too fond of it :scared:

otherwise this remains a spectacular semi-bushwhack in pusch ridge with unbelievable views of Finger Rock as well as upper Pima Canyon and Mt. Kimball. Tons of flowers in Finger Rock Canyon at this time, with purple being the dominant color. the water is almost all gone.
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Hiking7.41 Miles 3,560 AEG
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Organized this hike through Ahote. We hiked from the Finger Rock Trailhead, up the trail 2.6 miles where it branches off the main trail across the canyon towards the actual finger. Upon reaching the saddle at 3.5 miles, we climbed our way up the butte to the summit just east of the finger (looking down upon it) finishing at 3.7 miles. Perfect weather for this steep approach towards the peak. Plenty of water flowing through the canyon and small pockets of snow left above 5000ft.
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Hiking11.00 Miles 4,750 AEG
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I signed up to hike this before I knew I was hiking 28 miles the day before. I couldn't bail so I ate well Friday night and went for it. Originally we were going to the Finger Rock Summit and ended up on Mt Kimball. On the way back down we took a spur trail which ended up being an off trail adventure through the over growth between Mt Kimball and Finger Rock. After an agave attack and black tailed rattlesnake viewing we broke through to the Finger Rock Summit spur. The hike/climb up is exciting with ample exposure to keep the adrenaline flowing. After gaining the summit we took the spur trail back to the Finger Rock Trail and strolled down. The trail is easy to find but keeps you honest with many rocks and steps. The morning clouds kept it cool for July and it didn't warm up until we were heading down.
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