Finger Rock Canyon To Mount Kimbal To Pima Canyon is a 10.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May.
Rugged hike with incredible mountain vistas. This point to point hike combines the two most popular "must see" hikes in the Catalinas. From breathtaking canyon vistas, to mountain top views of both Tucson and Oro Valley your camera is sure to get almost as good a workout as you, but beware, all these photo opportunities come at a price, this hike is not for the faint at heart. Finger Rock alone is known as one of the most demanding short hikes in the area, in the time it takes to drink most of your water, and bring as much as possible, you'll have gained upwards of 4500 ft in elevation. Near the summit of the canyon take the "Right turn" when the trail splits, head towards the summit of Mount Kimball. Once at the summit you're at your half way point. The remaining downhill portion will take you through Pima Canyon, providing you with reason to smile as you explain to all the half day hikers where you started from. Plan to leave as early as possible, and don't forget that camera.
Really enjoyed this hike. Climbed up Finger Rock and down Pima. Took me 5:48 total time. Had no trouble route finding on the way up but did have some trouble staying on the trail going down Pima at the top, especially around the saddle. Had to back track about 25m a few times. Watch for the cairns left by others to help with staying on course. Trail isn't too well travelled at the top. Would like to do it again and go back out on Finger Rock to see how that goes, steeper but much shorter. Started late at 9:00 and took lots of water. An earlier start would probably offer some shade on the climb.
great views. 9 hours
Epic. Took me 7 hours. 4 hrs to pima saddle from finger rock trailhead, then 3 hours down to pima canyon trailhead. Would be a good challenge to try the other direction, might be harder - the pima cyn trail gets really steep at the end. It's easy to lose track of the trail when it turns to a big rock slab at one point; if you do, just follow the wash and the trail will eventually cross it.
This is the toughest hike in the Tucson area so don't attempt it if you're not in shape! Amazing views though. Well worth it.
Great hike, although the path was hard to find this time of year. The way down through Pima canyon seems to find no end, the last part is especially hard since it is going to be early afternoon if you started early (6am or so).
It took me almost 3 hours up to Mt. Kimball, then - even subtracting all breaks - it was at least that time to get down through Pima canyon. I had to backtrack twice to get the right trail.
Amazing Hike. I spent eight hours on the trail and was rewarded with over 4,000 feet in vertical gain and breathtaking views.
Hints for a pleasurable Hike:
Bring lots of water. I would recommend at least a gallon per person
Beautiful weather and worth all the hard work on the way up... long trip down Pima Canyon. Beer was tres bien at the end