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First Finger Trail
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First Finger Trail
 
First Finger Trail
First Finger Trail (right) at Fossil Trail (left; view north).

Overview

The First Finger Trail is one of the Blue Diamond Hill Bike Trails. This trail gently contours down and out to the end of the first ridge east of Fossil Canyon, then turns and climbs back to the top of the ridge in 0.56 miles. This trail starts near the end of the Fossil Trail and ends near the beginning of the To-The-Top Trail.

Flora and Fauna

This is Mojave Desert Scrub country with lots of cactus, birds, and lizards. See the Blue Diamond Hill Bike Trail Overview for details.

Link to trail map.

First Finger Trail

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a pretty safe hike. The Blue Diamond Hill Trails were designed for mountain bikes, so the grades are generally easy, but watch for bikers careening down the trail.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

First Finger Trail

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 30 minutes from town, but not on the Scenic Loop Road. Drive out West Charleston Blvd to the Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead. Park here; this is the trailhead.

The Hike

A few yards before of the end of the Fossil Trail (Wpt. 5), the First Finger Trail U-turns north and runs out to the end of the ridge. Along this section, there are nice views of the Red Rock Cliffs in the distance, plus views of other trail across the canyon below.

First Finger Trail
Looking across Fossil Canyon to junction of Fossil Trail and Cat-N-Hat Trail (arrow; view west).

From the point, the trail loops back to the southeast, sweeps around a side canyon, and climbs to connect with the To-The-Top Trail a few yards from the start of that trail .It is interesting to note the increase in vegetation in the side canyon where plants get just a little more water than do those on the hillsides.

From the end of the trail, walk back to the trailhead, make a loop by hiking back down the Jeep Trail, or continue on one of the other Blue Diamond Hill Bike Trails.

First Finger Trail Trail along side canyon (view southeast).
First Finger Trail Bike riders near the end of First Finger Trail.

 
Table 2. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Easting Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
05 Fossil Trail Junction 642919 3995982 4,426 0.00 0.00 GPS
10 To-The-Top Trail Junction 643064 3996217 4,538 0.59 0.59 GPS
20 Tip of the Finger 642414 3996705 4,388 0.70 1.29 GPS

 
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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