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We took the Pina Canyon Trail to Mount Kimball (don’t stop at the Mt. Kimball sign, it’s another 0.2 miles to the boulder and amazing views), and returned via the Finger Rock Trail to the trailhead off Craycroft. Beautiful ever-changing scenery; fairly steep toward the top of both trails; a real knee-jarring return. Able to see Finger Rock from front and back. Recorded 11.6 miles and 7 hours, including a leisurely lunch.

hiking
19 hours ago

It was a test. But Awesome!

13 creek crossings and very rocky and so difficult to run second portion. The water is low and someone can stay dry despite all the crossings. The trails becomes more of a power hike after leaving the canyon floor. The maiden pools are worth the stop.

Hiking shoes/boots required. Almost no flat areas. Windy up too at times (windbreaker suggested). Plenty of water and food. Well marked but there are some off trails that can get you in trouble. I wouldn’t do this if you have bad knees or ankles. Overall, amazing trail, phenomenal views and great feeling of accomplishment after completing.

up in 43:40 today. great hike but starting to get crowded

What started out as a thought for a nice 2-4 mile hike on a beautiful January day turned into a determination to reach “The Window”, but I was not prepared for the length and physical endurance it requires. First, I did not pack near enough water and I made the mistake of not having breakfast or taking any fuel to keep my body going. While I barely made it to the top due to this and the fact that the Ventana trail splits and you need to take Esperero up and then follow the ridge to the “Window”, which was not clear to me, but out of sheer determination I made it! The descent was formidable and as I reached the last hours my body was exhausted! Luckily for me some other hikers shared water and cliff bars with me allowing me to make it back. Beautiful views of the valley on both sides of the mountain once you summit.

This trail was absolutely breathtaking! The entire way up and down had the most beautiful views. It was not an easy hike but the views from the top were so worth the climb. Give yourself time and bring plenty of water and food if you get hungry! Our pup came with us and he did great too. The trail is well marked with white paint. You can purchase a parking pass at the trail head. Beware: the trail is ACROSS the street from the restrooms and payment areas. 10/10 recommend!

Badass anytime of year !!! Best put on your big boy pants for this one !!!

hiking
7 days ago

This starts on a trail just behind some very nice homes. Shortly in the trail splits between Pontatoc and Finger Rock. Going to try Finger Rock this year for first time

5 Stars for the view of Tucson. 3.5 stars for the lack of a real "destination". 3rd year in a row on this trail. It's a keeper

excellent hike for a challenging day out!

When you think you’re done, you have more to go, and once you think you have more to go, you’re done. Like others mentioned it just ends. Lots of fun rock to navigate. Good views of Tucson. Javelina pack on the trail this morning.

Excellent walk

awesome trail with lots of scrambling up rocks. Probably my favorite hike so far in Sedona

Gorgeous views, great challenge. the scenery would be nicer with less invasive grass (mostly buffelgrass and fountain grass) though!

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is very challenging due to its steepness and rockiness. Beautiful views but those can be had elsewhere in Sedona - this is for the strenuousness. The trail is mostly chapparal and cacti. Someone claimed to have gotten up top in one hour and down in 40 minutes - anyone who has hiked the trail knows the 1 hour ascent time is virtually impossible and running down is definitely impossible due to the steepness and rocky terrain (noted just as a warning because this hike is the real difficult deal and you should plan accordingly). On the other hand if you are in superior shape from regular aerobic exercise (including altitude acclimation, the top is at 6,500 feet) you should be able to complete it in 3 to 3.5 hours, longer in the summer. The five hours noted at the trailhead would be appropriate for someone not accustomed to the altitude or regular aerobic exercise.

Super cool trail. Definitely one of the toughest I’ve ever done. Allow yourself the full 5 hours that it says it takes if you plan to do the whole trail. Only 4ish miles round trip but lots of elevation and strategy involved. Also, so many great places to stop and take it all in. There were 3 or 4 times that we thought we were at the top and realized we had quite a ways left. Once at the top, there is a sign that says “End of Trail”. Totally worth the hike. I 100% recommend it!

A good workout and worth it

Amazing hike. Only took an hour to ascend though it wasn’t exactly easy. Let’s just say my legs are going to be sore. The views are stunning. Sedona is an absolutely gorgeous area. My pup and I spent about 45 minutes up on top before descending...which only took about 40 minutes due to the fact we basically ran down it....it definitely doesn’t take 4 or 5 hours to hike like the signs outside of the trailhead say. Well, not if you’re in decent shape.

I went with my brother Bob and older son Ryan. We have done Linda Vista many times and have gone to Finger Rock twice once climbing the finger with ropes so very familiar with the trail.
We went Jan 3rd this year. We made it to Linda Vista Saddle in 2 hours and went about 30 minutes past but turned around because we were slipping all over the place because of snow and ice. It's an amazing trail that never seems to get easier but well worth it. Going back up to do Kimball as soon as the snow melts. Bring 3 liters of water to be sure and hiking poles are a real asset.

The perfect amount of challenge for a hike that took less than 3 hours. Properly sore quads the next day. Lots of people using this trail Christmas week. Must have encountered at least 60 other people on the trail.

Amazing viewpoints as you climb. The hike is mostly a straight vertical climb with a small crossing to another climb. The 360 view at the very top is amazing and well worth the effort. Wear good shoes and bring lots of water. We were 3.5-4hours up and back. Took a break at the top for lunch and to enjoy the views. Also enjoyed many viewpoints on the way out. Trail is across the road from the main trail parking lot and is marked by white paint strokes on the rocks as you climb. Highly recommended and not as heavily travelled as other hikes.

The perfect challenge for an avid hiker. The views make the tough climb worth while. This is the perfect hike to see an almost 360 view of Sedona and the valley below with many diverse viewpoints! Definitely bring lots of water and snacks, this one will wear you out!

Love the views on this trail! Not an easy to run trail by any means, but mix in a little fast hiking and you’ll get there! It’s a little longer than 8 miles but worth the effort!!

Steep climb and great views. Love it.

took me a little over 4 hours to complete the trail, loved the views, not too steep, and perfect weather!! the app recording didn't work well so I couldn't get the accurate distance

on Phoneline Trail

23 days ago

Took 4 hours today to do the out and back on the trail. Most people seem to take the road back, but to me, road walking is boring and harder on the legs. The hardest part is the first third — both for grade and rocks. Beautiful hike, and starting at 8, didn’t see many other hikers.

24 days ago

Really enjoyable hike. We took the road up and the Phoneline back down. Excellent views and coming down its a very good hike. It wasn’t crowded like 7 Falls and the option to take the road gives some variety. It’s the usual Tucson footing and weather. The 5 star hike in Sabino Canyon is 7 Falls but this is my next favorite.

hiking
24 days ago

The hike is amazing and can be challenging to get to the top. A few false peaks can dampen your spirits and the steep sections can push your legs to the limits. My 11 year old daughter made it all the way to the top and back down in under 3 hours. It was not easy but very fun.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike - recommend bringing hiking poles to really enjoy it. The false peaks tricked us on the way up but we were rewarded with snow falling at the top!

Would love to do again on a clear day. Highly recommended.

Great views, not to steep. A very pleasant hike!

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