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Prison Camp to Thimble to Bear Canyon

The Tucson Hiking Meetup Group
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Dec 02 8:45AM - 5:00PM

Please read the entire write up and see the comments for more info!
This is an advanced hike due to the distance, but we will go at a slowish pace. The total distance is about 13 miles, with 1000ft of gain (mostly in the first 5 miles) and 3000ft of elevation loss. This will take us most of the day, so be prepared for a long slog. Our average pace will be about 2+ miles per hour.

Please arrive at the Bear Canyon Trailhead by 8:45am. We will arrange carpools and leave from there at 9am to head up to Prison Camp.

We'll start from Prison Camp at 9:30 and head West along Sycamore Reservoir Trail until we hit Bear Canyon Trail. We'll follow this towards Seven Falls for a little bit to Thimble Flat, where we will leave the "official" trail and follow some use trails for about 1.3 miles to get to Thimble itself. We should arrive here by about 12:00.

There are two peaks here. The northern peak is a scramble somewhat like getting to Finger Rock Guard (though shorter). The southern peak is about 10 ft higher and requires some more technical climbing. I'll bring some climbing rope and gear so we can get to the top of the southern peak. I can help people get up and down safely. Anyone who doesn't want to climb the Thimble is welcome to just stay below and enjoy the views.

We will stay at Thimble for about an hour to climb up, enjoy the views, and have some lunch.

After the Thimble, we'll retrace our steps back along the path for 1.3 miles until we come back to the Bear Canyon trail. We'll follow this trail for about 6.5 miles back to the Bear Canyon parking lot.

I expect to finish by about 5pm, though it may be earlier or later, depending on our pace.

How to find us:Meet at the Bear Canyon Trailhead (not in Sabino!) Note that the map image here is wrong, but the address number is right.

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