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Finger Rock hiking spots

By Kim Lasota

My favorite hike in Tucson (so far) is Finger Rock Trail.

It begins at the north end of Alvernon off Skyline and is about a 10-mile round-trip. The elevation climb of 3,100 to 7,255 feet makes it an extremely steep trail. It is definitely not for beginners. Jonason commented that it is one of the steepest trails in Southern Arizona.

The Finger Rock is a beautiful area and wildlife includes gila monsters and hummingbirds. No water is available except for the "seasonal springs" that should not be depended on for drinking water.

The trail can end at Mount Kimball and the vegetation is diverse.

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Tucson Hiking Books

There are several good books about hiking around Tucson from amazon.com. These books serve as a good hiking guide with trail information, maps and even GPS coordinates.

Betty Leavengood (Author). Hiking guide to the Tucson, Rincon, Santa Catalina, and Santa Rita Mountains completely revised. Betty Leavengood's third edition of her bestselling Tucson Hiking Guide offers new routes and updated access information, detailed maps, and clear descriptions to area trailheads. Includes: 37 hikes rated easy to difficult by mountain range; revised information on precautions for desert hiking; historical notes, photographs, and anecdotes; and detailed maps and descriptions with elevation/distance. Paperback: 212 pages. Publisher: Pruett Publishing; 3rd edition (September 1, 2004).

Look inside! Best Easy Day Hikes Tucson includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty easy-to-follow hikes in and around Tucson, Arizona. Discover a region of diverse scenery and natural splendors— including a beautiful cactus forest; the Sendero Esperanza Trail, a classic example of the Sonoran Desert’s lush vegetation; and the famous Seven Falls, a series of seasonal cascades in Bear Canyon. Mile-by-mile directions and clear trail maps. Trail Finder for best hikes with children, dogs, or great views. GPS coordinates. Paperback: 96 pages. Publisher: Falcon; First edition (October 14, 2009).

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