100 Classic Hikes Arizona
by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Scott S. Warren/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
The middle section of this trail is very steep and eroded making it necessary to climb up and around rocks. It thus takes some extra time both up and back. It is best to go first thing in the morning as the parking lot is small and the mountain is shaded on the way up. They flowers, views and solitude were amazing if your ready for a tough trail.
Four of us did this hike to the top of Mount Kimball. It was a difficult climb, but with very nice views along the way and at the top. Having an adjustable hiking pole helps, especially on the way down. A 2nd pole might get in the way.
My favorite near Tucson trail thus far. Worthy of Falcons difficult ratng especially in the triple digit temps of the Tucson summer. I've only made it as far as Linda Vista Saddle on my two visits. However, I like to be off the trails by noon in the summer. What I hear most from other hikers is "I wish we would have started earlier." This is not a trail to attempt in the dark even with a head lamp. The trail is rocky, steep and narrow in spots. There are plenty of blind footfalls for snakes to lounge in so stay alert. We ran across a Mojave Rattlesnake on our second hike. Bring more water than you think you need. Most of the springs that I am aware of have been dry for nearly a year now. This one was no exception. Besides.., it's at the bottom of the canyon. Remember if you climb down into the canyon, you have to climb back out :) All of that out of the way, the flora, fauna and geology are AMAZING. The view is spectacular. If you are photographing with a DSLR, a wide angle lense and a polarization filter are a must for capturing the true beauty of the landscape. This is bighorn sheep country so a decent telephoto lense wouldn't be a bad idea either.
OMG -- One of the most challenging trails I have been on (okay I am overweight, 51 and out of shape but it would have been hard if I was 18, svelte and in shape) It was worth the effort. Beautiful views and interesting change in vegetation as you ascend Mt. Kimball.
This is the most difficult trail I have ever hiked. The trail is very steep - there is almost a mile of elevation change in 5 miles. Often you have to make a large step over rocks, so a pole would be helpful. We didn't have one, and I injured my ankle, and the person with me injured her knee.
Due to the steepness and difficulty of the trail, I recommend doubling your estimate of hiking time for a normal 10 mile trail.
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