This is a climb not a hike and should be labeled as difficult. Wear hiking shoes. I hike this 3-4 times a week with my dog and can get to the top from the trail head in 20 minutes. It actually takes me longer to go back down as it is steep with lose rocks. Many people feel more comfortable using hiking poles. As you climb the road from the parking area you will come to a sign that announces the hike-follow that path to the left for a more authentic hike than taking the winding road. The views at the top are amazing- if you time it right you can see a sunset or sunrise-this hike is very similar in length and elevation to camelback without the throngs of people.

First time on this trail. Recommend 2 water bottles plus water for the dog, gloves for the climbing parts, and better shoes than the tennis shoes I wore. A bit tricky having to hold the Doberman on leash and stay balanced on rocky sections. Luckily I have a dog who will halt instantly when asked so we were ok and he acted as a block for me more than once on the way down. Views are incredible if you go up on the right side. Definitely will do this one again.

hiking
22 days ago

Had a lot of fun on this trail, sometimes a bit tough to follow the path. Gorgeous views! More of a climb than a hike.

A fun, short, steep hike. Should probably be rated difficult.

First time up the baby. What a great, short, cardio workout!! Will definitely do this one again. Like previous reviews, good shoes are a must.. I would also recommend some sort of hiking gloves, lots of Sharp rocks and steep slopes which may require some hand work. Enjoy the hike, the top makes it worth the leg burn !!!!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike should be rated harder than moderate. For example the Cholla Trail is much less steep but is rated difficult. This is also a fun hike to do at night time for good views of the city.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail seems a bit more difficult than moderate. It is very steep and footing is tough. The view from the top is worth the climb. It is definitely more of a "climb" than a "hike." Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and support. I did this trail by myself, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you know the trail well. Bring a friend on this one.

Not a moderate hike since it gets pretty steep. It's also uneven as most of the trail is made of large rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome view when you get to the top. Some sections are a little tricky with steep inclines and you have to use your hands to help. Also lots of loose shale rock so watch your footing.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. (warning trail is very steep) It took us about an 1 hour 17 min to go up. Recommend 2 one liter water bottles and energy bars for energy. Also I recommend you start the hike early so that you beat the sun.

Not a bad little climb stay left for more ups and downs, go right for more of a constant climb. Great views of Carefree & Cave Creek.

**No sandals, these jagged rocks are unforgiving.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a nice change up from mountains I usually climb. Moderate climb with lots of jagged rocks Would do it again.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Look for the white spray paint dots to stay on trail. If you're walking on black rocks, you're off trail. I would NOT bring a dog; way too steep.

hiking
8 months ago

Very steep. Very rocky. Very primarily. Amazing views. Great hike. Short and sweet, but it will make you work for it.

Great trail! But NOT a easy trail and sometimes hard to know which direction is the right way. Good workout!!

Definitely rocky and not an easy trail. Rock climbing involved closer to the top.