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Finger Rock Trail #42

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.5 mile 8.8 kilometer point to point
57% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,886' 1,184 m
Descent: -831' -253 m
High: 6,861' 2,091 m
Low: 3,106' 947 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Map Key

A climb to the rock resembling the #1 sign.

Chad Dailey

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Description

This trail is a challenging ascent into the Santa Catalina front range wilderness. The trail starts more moderate and gets progressively rougher the further you make it from the trailhead.

The trail does not go directly to the finger, instead it contours around Mt. Kimball before terminating at the junction with Ventana Trail #98 and Esperero Trail #25.

It is most often used as an out-and-back trail and is frequently visited by locals. The trail consist of typical desert conditions which include rocks of all sizes, a plethora of dirt, and plants that poke. The initial mile or so will be more forgiving filled with Sonoran vegetation before you start the climb up the slopes above the gorge.

Flora & Fauna

The trail begins in Sonoran Desert scrub, briefly enters riparian scrub, climbs through scrub grassland to Madrean oak woodland and oak-pine woodland through a couple of patches of ponderosa pine forest.

For more information on the flora of the area, click here. This guidebook also has a vertebrate fauna list. There are 615 plant taxa and 222 vertebrate species as outline by the author who has hiked the peak 1700 times over the past 39 years.

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Hiker and Tucson from Pusch Ridge Wilderness Finger Rock Canyon
Sep 21, 2017 near Catalin…, AZ
Beautiful red granite cliffs await along the way.
Mar 24, 2017 near Catalin…, AZ
From high on the Finger Rock Trail, look over your shoulder to the south to experience pleasant views of suburban Tucson.
Mar 24, 2017 near Catalin…, AZ
The Window at the end of the Ventana Trail.
Oct 31, 2017 near Oro Valley, AZ

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