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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