After living in Tucson for five months, I have to admit that Tucson is actually quite nice in the winter. If you're planning a trip to the Southwest, schedule it between October and March. This is really quite important. If you make the trip during the summer, you will find that Hell has clawed its way out of its lake of fire and settled firmly on Tucson and the surrounding areas. However, in the winter, the weather is lovely, and occasional storms leave an ephemeral layer of snow on the Catalina Foothills.
Photo (Right): The storied cliffs that create the canyon walls are particularly photogenic late in the day when the sun shines directly on them.
Last weekend, I was finally able to hike out into the foothills after just such a storm. To my delight, It wasn't long before I reached the snow level. A little distance farther and I was surprised by the depth of the snow--a good four or five inches. All this made for a great hike and inspired me to recommend you hike this trail if you ever find yourself in the Tucson area.
Finger Rock Resources:
* For directions and reviews check out the Finger Rock page on LocalHikes.
* For a detailed breakdown of the hike, including photography, take a look at the Finger Rock page by the Sierra Club.
Photo (Left): The Finger Rock Trail climbs steeply up through a canyon full of sheer cliffs and stunning drop-offs.