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Finger Rock Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A hike up a rugged, scenic canyon in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. It’s a steep climb but worth it. As you ascend, the vegetation changes from saguaro-forested desert to pinyon pine–juniper forest. After about 3 miles, the trail swings east into a basin; watch for a spur trail that goes east to Linda Vista Saddle. This beautiful saddle with its sweeping view is a good destination for a shorter hike. It’s been a long climb, but from this vantage point you can see much of the front range of the Santa Catalina. Permit: To protect bighorn sheep, no dogs are allowed at any time. Day hike group size limit is fifteen persons; overnight group size limit is six persons. From January 1 to April 30, no camping beyond 400 feet from system trails. No hiking on unofficial trails."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
Take note of the first 100 yards of the trail. Much of the trail is just like this. lol Deserving of it's "difficult" Falcon rating but, well worth the difficulty. Get an early start but, do not attempt any portion of this trail in the dark even with a flashlight. View, flora, fauna and geology are fantastic! My favorite near Tucson hike thus far. Travel light and carry plenty of water if you intend to hike this trail in the summer months. Pay attention to your footfalls. There are plenty of blind spots for the rattlesnakes to lounge in. Don't make any commitments that your body can't keep. If you hike down into a canyon remember that you have to hike back up :) Photography notes: A wide angle lense and polarization filter are a must for the DSLR toting photographer who intends to capture the true beauty of this canyon. There are bighorn sheep in the area so a good telephoto lense may come in handy as well (keeping in mind of course my warning to travel light).
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