Finger Rock Canyon Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.
My favorite hike in Tucson, be sure to start early in the morning during summer time, to have some shade in the lower part of the canyon. Takes at least 2 hours up for the "pack light go fast" fraction, up to 5 hours for the casual hiker. At the top be sure to follow the Pima Canyon trail at the saddle, and at the Mt Kimball sign go uphills and follow the path until you reach a rocky outpost with magnificent views. Takes almost as long down as up due to the rocky and slippery surface. And if you come back like I did around noon, be sure to have sun protection and lots to drink for the way down.
Great hike. The first mile is relatively easy but as you turn up west face of the mountain it gets steep. The views of Tucson are amazing.
This is truly a fun way to spend the day
Bring water&afoot and plan on being tired at the end
Moderate to difficult trail. Can't actually climb to the "finger" bummed about that.
Fun small trail, very technical Be sure to take the Pima trail crossing at the top to get to Mt Kimball summit. not marked very well.
Fun! Just a bit over 2.5 up, was told there was not a turn-around point, so stopped at 40min and turned around. I will go back with more time.
Wow is all I can say. What a trail!! Rated difficult for a reason.
Got 3 miles and to the overlook... What a view.
If your afraid of heights or walking on a small path next to drop offs, this might not be your first choice....
This trail is definitely not for the weak minded. It was challenging the whole way up but definitely worth the view. Absolutely gorgeous. The only downside is that finger rock is much further than described in this map. We hiked up 4 miles and were no where near it. Definitely closer to a 10-12 miles hike round trip. I look forward to trying again soon!
Amazing hike! Got a bit lost due to the unmentioned forks. Can't wait to go back and explore the other parts of the trail.
Great challenge! Difficult to follow the trail at times. Bring lots of water and walking sticks.
This is one of the most strenuous trails in Tucson. It climbs all the way to Mount Kimball and give you great views of Finger Rock (but never actually goes to it). Be mindful of temperature changes, the elevation change is drastic and shorts at the bottom might not be enough at the top. Bring more water that you think you will drink, you'll use it all; mix in a bit of gatorade for the electrolytes, your muscles will thank you :)
With all of these cautions do not be discouraged, the view from Loma Linda Vista is amazing; and the view from Mount Kimball is even better.
DO NOT BELIEVE THE MILEAGE.
It says it's 9whatever and a finger rock trail? NO! Its 10mi to Mount Kimble and probably another 6-7 to the actual finger rock that this claims to be. It takes you east to Mount then dog legs back west/southwest to the rock. If you plan, like I do for extra long hikes just in case and have enough water you'll be ok...IF you start early. Forget about making it there and back before dark if you leave late morning and bring a head lamp and a tent if you leave afternoon.
Rugged Rugged terrain. Not for the weak knees. The way down we called the "trail of tears". Was tempted to 'Lone Survivor' the way down rather than walk it.
Biggest complaint was the inaccurate mileage and the unmaintained switchbacks that lead you off trail.
Other than that it was a blast.