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Finger Rock Trail #42

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A climb to the rock resembling the #1 sign.


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Map Key

5.5

Miles

8.8

KM

Point to Point

6,861' 2,091 m

High

3,106' 947 m

Low

3,886' 1,184 m

Up

831' 253 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

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Description

This trail is a challenging ascent into the Santa Catalina front range wilderness. The trail starts more moderate and gets progressively rougher the further you make it from the trailhead.

The trail does not go directly to the finger, instead it contours around Mt. Kimball before terminating at the junction with Ventana Trail #98 and Esperero Trail #25.

It is most often used as an out-and-back trail and is frequently visited by locals. The trail consist of typical desert conditions which include rocks of all sizes, a plethora of dirt, and plants that poke. The initial mile or so will be more forgiving filled with Sonoran vegetation before you start the climb up the slopes above the gorge.

Flora & Fauna

The trail begins in Sonoran Desert scrub, briefly enters riparian scrub, climbs through scrub grassland to Madrean oak woodland and oak-pine woodland through a couple of patches of ponderosa pine forest.

For more information on the flora of the area, click here. This guidebook also has a vertebrate fauna list. There are 615 plant taxa and 222 vertebrate species as outline by the author who has hiked the peak 1700 times over the past 39 years.

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Shared By:

Chad Dailey with improvements by Charles Bertelsen

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Hiker and Tucson from Pusch Ridge Wilderness Finger Rock Canyon
Sep 21, 2017 near Catalin…, AZ
Beautiful red granite cliffs await along the way.
Mar 24, 2017 near Catalin…, AZ
The Window at the end of the Ventana Trail.
Oct 31, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ
From high on the Finger Rock Trail, look over your shoulder to the south to experience pleasant views of suburban Tucson.
Mar 24, 2017 near Catalin…, AZ

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Mar 28, 2020
Dawid Kierys
10mi — 8h 15m
Nov 29, 2019
hdjohnson
Nice hike in the cool weather 2.2mi — 1h 20m
Oct 12, 2019
Richard Stahl
Apr 12, 2019
hdjohnson
Inspecting the spring. 2.3mi — 1h 35m
Mar 9, 2019
hdjohnson
Up to Linda Vista saddle and back. Nice flow in the canyon bottom 6mi — 3h 10m
Feb 15, 2019
hdjohnson
2.4mi
May 17, 2018
Brian Mier
Nov 21, 2017
lisa picard
Hiked Finger Rock Trail, connected to Ventana for a one day Canyon to Canyon. The connecting trail is marked well with cairns, however, tad overgrown 11.8mi — 5h 50m