Finger Rock Trail
Rehabilitation and Assessment Report
In December 2020, Mark Flint and Evan Pilling from Southwest Trail Solutions hiked Finger Rock Trail #42 in the Catalina Ranger District of Coronado National Forest, a highly popular 5-mile hiking trail that’s extremely steep with a total of 4,064 feet of elevation gain. STS conducted a post-fire assessment of trail conditions and user safety, and to mitigate where necessary to ensure visitor safety.
The steep grades and high exposure have always been present, and the actual trail condition is relatively unchanged from before the fire. Aside from steep sections and exposure, the biggest risk factor on the trail is route-finding, which was a risk prior to the fire.
Given the popularity and heavy use of the Finger Rock Trail, it will need future trail maintenance crew work.