The Fin Loop
The Fin is a large rock formation immediately adjacent to the forest service parking area at the Jim Thompson Trailhead. The name comes from the fact that it is tall, long and narrow: 300 ft formation is only a few feet thick at the top. There are two difficult routes connecting unmarked social trails that allows a loop all the way around the Fin. There are two small cliff dwellings (shown below) near the base of the formation. The scenery and the solitude on either route is fantastic.
The difference between the two routes is simply elevation. The upper route follows a rocky ledge higher up on the formation. The routes meet at the eastern end of the rock formation. The map at the bottom this page shows the lower route on the front side, and upper route on the back side. The photo below shows the two routes for clarity. This photo was captured from the adjacent Falcon Ridge, so the rock formation the hiker is standing on is NOT connected to the Fin.
and significant elevation gain. Expect a little Class 1 scrambling along the way.
Approximately 2 miles (lower loop)
906 ft (lower loop)
Sep - May, late afternoon for the best light.
Yes, but the terrain is difficult. Must be leashed at all times.
Please pick up after your pet and pack it out.