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Hike Finger Rock Trail in Tucson's Catalina Mountains

80' Pinnacle ~ Finger Rock in the Santa Catalina Mountains: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Finger Rock ~

The photo doesn't give enough perspective to judge the size of the "finger" of granite pointing toward the heavens.  It's 80' tall!  Only a handful of Tucson's buildings are taller.

Tucson Hiking Guide: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderBetty Leavengood's Tucson Hiking Guide, available for sale at Saguaro National Park's Red Hills Visitor Center in the Tucson Mountain District, has a good description of the trail that leads to Finger Rock.

This is not a hike for the fainthearted!  You'll achieve a vertical climb of more than 3,800' and you'll want to take water and calories.  Here's one hiker's review of the trail:

Reviewed by Doug on Thursday, January 14, 2010   7:15:00 AM

This is a pretty difficult hike, with numerous stretches that are very steep and poor footing. The hike to Mt. Kimball is 10+ miles. View at the top of Mt. Kimball spectacular. Be sure and go to the far east rock outcropping on top, where you get a terrific view of Mt Lemmon, and all points north and west. Took about 7 hours round trip, and going down took almost as long as coming up. Recommend you have a copy of Betty Leavengood's Tucson Hiking Guide, which will keep you on the trail, when the trail gets a little difficult to follow.

80' Pinnacle ~ Finger Rock in the Santa Catalina Mountains: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

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Comment balloon 9 commentsMike Jones • September 27 2011 04:16PM

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Hi Mike~

I always look forward to  touching bases with you. Your photos are amazing. As I look at these, I wonder how long it would take a hiker to reach the "finger"...and..is it even possible?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 8 years ago

Mike

I have visited the Saguaro National Park and it was a great experience.

Good luck and success,

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Mike, it actually looks so small! Funny how when you're hiking you think you're almost there only to find it very far away still!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Mike, it is amazing how God created the Finger Rock Trail, it does look like a finger.  Round trip 7 hours in the heat need to drink plenty of water.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) almost 8 years ago

LMAO, Hi MIke, that is too funny. Love it and now I know where this comes from. The photography is of course nothing short of awesome. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 8 years ago

Hi Mike,

This is an amazing mountain range and I love the finger! Plus I like how you took the picture in daylight and at dawn. Hope you had a fantastic hike.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Mike - I love your beautiful photos and this looks like such a pleasant sunny day! thanks!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

Mike, I grew up in Texas and the Sky was just the window to everything for me. Your Arizona skys are just amazing. I'm coming by more often for your photography!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jeanean,

I'll keep the light on for you!  :)

Barbara-Jo,

Thanks for saying so!  This is a magnificent time of the year in Tucson.

Kristin,

That I did!  Thanks for stopping by; I'll see you on your blog.

William,

Thanks!  Isn't it amazing to be able to capture what we see digitally?  Makes me wonder what John Muir would have done with our technology...

Kwee,

God's creation is a thing of wonder, and I'm blessed to live here.

Connie,

Perspective makes it look that way.  It's awesome to stand near it.

Lou,

I hope your most recent visit will not be your last!  Come on back.

jane-Anne,

It's not only possible, it's done every day this time of year by people just like you.  Check out the link for more information.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 8 years ago

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