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Address: 7180 North Alvernon Way (trailhead), Tucson, AZ 85718
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 March 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

You park at a big parking lot at the end of Pontatoc Rd and then cross the street and head north until you reach the trailhead. Two hikes head off from here, Finger Rock and Pontatoc Ridge. Both trails are difficult, and require proper shoes and enough water. Sticks are a good idea as both trails are quite rocky and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

This is a serious hiking trail. After a gentle beginning through the saguaro forest you are more constrained to a canyon which steepens up considerably. Nothing that unusual for a serious hiker but a casual walker might not be so keen. The way up is often in shade and there is some water to play in en route. We went... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

This is one of the most beautiful and difficult hikes in the Tucson area. The ultimate objective is to top out at the summit of Mt. Kimball; about 7400 feet. Not a hike for casual trail walkers, the Finger Rock Trail is one that will never be forgotten.

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Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

We enjoy this trail--though we rarely go more than a mile or two in. It has a quick upward beginning but after that it allows the hiker a chance to enjoy the scenery, especially the Finger Rock that lies before and above your feet. It is a good short hike (or you can make it ever so long if you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

I'm glad I hiked it but it's not a do over! It was rocky with poor footing and sometimes we wondered about route finding. One in our group made it to the look out area and said she was down on all fours due to steep and scarry terrain. We didn't see any snakes, etc. but you know they around!

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

The trail is somewhat steep, but the going is not that hard. The views of cacti along the way are quite good. We didn't make it all the way to the end because of time. Our group had people with varying levels of hiking skills, and no one had any problem.

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Denver, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Finger rock is a distinctive feature in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. You can see if from most of Tucson. Getting there is another story. Take lots of water and energy bars cause you are going to need it. The trail head is well marked at the north end of Alvernon and there is ample paved parking. The trail... More 

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