Finger Rock Trail #42 is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area and Coronado National Forest. It is 5.4 miles long and begins at 3,082 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,754 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Finger Rock Trail #42 Professional Reviews and Guides
"As with other parts of Arizona, the Basin and Range region of the southeastern portion of the state is a truly unique land. The area appeals to hikers of many persuasions because the geography here is typified by a number of sharply rising mountain ranges that oversee broad desert basins. The Finger Rock Trail offers the quickest access to Mount Kimball—the top of the Santa Catalinas’ impressive front range. This steep and rugged route reveals some interesting geological formations and provides some particularly spectacular vistas of Tucson and beyond."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"An alternative route to the summit of Mount Kimball, using the trail up Finger Rock Canyon. This trail is shorter than the Pima Canyon Trail. From the Finger Rock Trailhead, walk a few feet north up the road to the Finger Rock Trail, which heads north along the national forest boundary into the mouth of spectacular Finger Rock Canyon. The trail climbs the gentle slopes at the mouth of the canyon through typical Lower Sonoran vegetation—catclaw, mesquite, and saguaro and cholla cacti.Special Considerations: This hike has 4,110 feet of elevation gain. Carry plenty of water during the hot summer months as the trail stays well above the canyon bottom with little access to seasonal water."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"Finger Rock is a major landmark on Tucson’s mountainous northern horizon. Th is steep, diffi cult, but clear trail climbs Finger Rock Canyon almost a vertical mile up into the Catalinas, never getting close to the pinnacle it’s named after. Instead, it continues much higher, reaching a satisfying but uncomplicated summit from which you can see everything north of Tucson (but not the city itself). You’ll enjoy climbing through changing ecosystems, from stands of saguaro to a pine forest."
--Rob Rachowiecki, Five-Star Trails: Tucson (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This hike uses the Finger Rock Canyon Trail to reach a seasonal spring in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The outing is especially enjoyable during or just after a wet winter, when a seasonal stream fills the normally dry wash. Once in Finger Rock Canyon, the trail turns northeast and generally follows the bed of the canyon, passing seasonal Finger Rock Spring and seasonal pools along the way. This idyllic spot is the destination for our hike."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson (Falcon Guides).
"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).
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