Nov 8, 2013 8:20 AM by Jeff Beamish
TUCSON - Loaded with switchbacks, the trek to Finger Rock nets a whopping elevation gain of nearly 4,000 feet. Suffice to say, hikers need experience to tackle this trail.
It's tough as it is popular. At the start, you reach a fork. Heading right takes you into Pontatoc Canyon. Staying straight keeps you pointed toward Finger Rock.
Almost immediately, you're greeted with sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert. From Tucson down below to the famed Finger Rock itself, these sights get better as you ascend.
Adding to the scenery, saguaros that are hundreds of years old. Oh, the stories they could tell.
Once you reach the top, you'll have a story too. Along the 6.2 miles (one way distance), there's a part you'll have to free climb.
Accomplish it and become a hiking legend.
Click here for directions & a trail map for the Finger Rock Trail.