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Address: 7180 North Alvernon Way (trailhead), Tucson, AZ 85718
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This trail starts out rather easy hiking (go to the Springs about 1 mile) and back (the first pic is at the Springs which is cool and shaded). Then go up a tough hill another 2.5... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2016
Cindy C
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Grand Rapids, MI

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Grand Rapids, MI
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Reviewed 7 May 2016

This trail starts out rather easy hiking (go to the Springs about 1 mile) and back (the first pic is at the Springs which is cool and shaded). Then go up a tough hill another 2.5 miles and take a right to get to the Linda Vista lookout - great place for a snack/rest. The trail continues relentlessly up to... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Finger Rock Canyon is a classic Catalina's "Front Range" hike. Park at the north end of Alvernon. The parking lot can fill up so get there early, actually good advice for hiking in the desert period! The trail is consistently steep with stunning views of Finger Rock then of Tucson. There is a nice saddle on the right three miles... More 

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San Jose, California
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69 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016

I've been hiking this trail for years and it never disappoints. Good views, and a good workout. Nice assortment of wildflowers in the early spring.

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Thank transplantedNYer
Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

The first part of the trail is relatively flat and easy, but once you start climbing it is very rocky. It is not hard to follow, but it does have a lot of "step ups" and on the reverse trip "step downs." The ultimate goal ... Mt. Kimball ... is a beautiful end-point, but most people won't get there. It... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Like all trails in the Catalinas, it starts relatively flat. Once you start ascending, it rarely relents. Nice perspectives of the finger rock formation. Many stop midway for a nice mid-length hike. Good views from there, but the trail goes on to Kimball Peak. If you choose to do this, it's 4,000 vertical. Took me six hours round trip.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

It's a long hike all the way to the end of the trail. Be prepared to be out there all day and take plenty of food and water. Good hiking and great view. Trail is a little narrow in places and cacti are close to the trails. It is steep in a few areas but not too hard to hike.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Great hike to the top of Mt. Kimball. You need to be careful to switch trails at the ridge near the top from the Finger Rock to Pima Trail in order to get to the summit. There is a lot of technical areas on the trail so trail running is limited. The views are fantastic and the elevation of over... More 

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298 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2016

This is a busy place. On weekends the parking tends to fill up. Once at the beginning of the trail you can go to the left and gain a fair amount of verticle or to the right and walk along the ridge with somewhat less effort. (even on this tail you need to make sure you don't end up scrambling... More 

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Greenville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

Somewhat limited parking at the Trail-head. Nice hiking area....wear the proper shoes/attire, as this is not an 'improved' trail. Great for nature lovers !!!

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Thank norrisema
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

First off, we parked at the lot at Alvernon ( never found the Ponatoc entrance . The trail varies from rocky and steps to sandy . The grandkids (5 &9 ) loved it and had no problem. My wife thought it was a bit tough, but worth the effort for the views, desert fauna ect.

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