Finger Rock Canyon is named for one of the most recognizable features in the Santa Catalina Mountains, visible from most of Tucson. It lies immediately west of Pontatoc Canyon, and the two share a trailhead. Aside from the bouldering along the trail, anything you climb here should be considered backcountry.
Finger Rock Canyon is allegedly home to the only remaining population of bighorn sheep in the Santa Catalinas, and dogs are not permitted here at any time.
From Tucson, drive north on Swan, past River Road and past Sunrise.
Turn left (west) on E. Skyline Drive. Go about a mile west on Skyline.
Turn right (north) on Alvernon Way.
Continue north on Alvernon Way until you get to a signed parking lot for the Finger Rock Trail on the left hand side of the road. This parking lot is gated in such a way that you can leave it at any time, but can only enter it during the day. You need a permit from the Pima County Parks and Recreation Department to park your car there overnight.
On the main trail there is an intersection for Finger Rock Trail - left and Pontatoc Ridge trail - right. Choose.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
7 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in Finger Rock Canyon
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Finger Rock Canyon:
Featured Route For Finger Rock Canyon
Finger Rock (Standard Route) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : Finger Rock
If your legs and brain are still responsive after the hike up to Finger Rock, you might as well climb it. After all that hard work, it'd be a waste not to, right?The technical route up Finger Rock begins in the western saddle between Prominent Point and Finger Rock itself. The climbing starts up the north-northeast face of the Finger, immediately above the trail's end:Climb up easily protected flake, past small bulge and cracks, to a ledge with two small trees (~50').From ledge, continue up ea...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Local Information for Finger Rock Canyon
Latest Regional Forum Messages