"A scenic route into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness to the summit of Mount Kimball, a prominent peak in the Front Range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Special Considerations: This hike has 4,240 feet of elevation gain. Carry plenty of water during the hot summer months." Read more
"This scenic route takes you into the rugged Pusch Ridge Wilderness, in the Front Range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Although the hike starts in the outskirts of Tucson, which has now spread right to the base of the mountains, a few minutes’ walking takes you from the sights and sounds of the city into a wilderness canyon. During the spring after snowmelt, the creek is often running, and later in the year there will still be seasonal pools, which are popular destinations during the hot months." Read more
"A day hike or backpack up Pima Canyon to Mount Kimball, 7.6 miles one way.
This trail runs up an easily accessible canyon on the outskirts of Tucson. The trail can be used for a short day hike into the lower reaches of the canyon or can be linked to the Mount Kimball Trail for longer backpacks in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Much of the trail tread is naked bedrock and jumbled boulders, and the footing is especially slippery in wet weather. It is not recommended for young children or hikers with weak joints. Backpackers will have a hard time finding level ground to pitch a tent within the canyon, and it is hard to find a good site away from the trail." Read more
"This trail attracts many hikers on its lower part but fewer hikers in its difficult higher reaches than the more-iconic Finger Rock Trail or the ever-popular Sabino Canyon. Those who go high enjoy superb views, including the rarely seen back side of Finger Rock, before bagging the summit of Mount Kimball. Two small dams built to attract wildlife provide splashes of water, riparian plants, butterfles, and birds. I almost graded this hike a 2 for kids until I encountered a tough family group that included a 10-year-old boy, who told me it was “really, really hard, and we got lost, but Dad found the way.”" Read more