dogs on leash
I guess my main frustration with this trail is that it didn't feel like there was much of a goal-- it's a nice desert walk, with some shade in the later hours of the day, but you're not walking up a mountain, down a canyon, up towards a rock, around a lake, or anything... you're just hiking in the desert. Otherwise it's a nice path, clearly marked, not strenuous at all.
This hike has gorgeous views all around. The trail has many variations in the terrain as well. There are several steep climbs, some loose rocks and rocky slopes. My hiking poles came in handy for sure. Newer to the hiking scene since January of this year. My own personal opinion is this trail is moderate due to the steep hills. You must park outside the gated community and walk about a half mile thru the subdivision before getting to the trail head. There is a $2 honor system pay envelopes once you reach the trail head. Have plenty of water!!
What a great trail. It's flat and easy on your feet. But, great views of the mountains in almost every direction. Some of the best views of Four Peaks to the east and of Weaver's Needle to the southeast. It was very green the day we hiked, so we got to see all kinds of vegetation. If you have a mountain bike and want flat easy trails, this is it. If you have a horse, we saw folks riding. Check out my video of our hike complete with some wildlife shots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_g4IeZYPko
This is a good, but rough, hike. Completely worth it, but get ready to work for the reward. It starts out flat, but then you quickly start to ascend to the top. A series of switch-backs and uphill steps that don't really let up until you get to the top. But once you get there it suddenly seems worth it. The views are stunning, and the natural formation of the rocks is amazing. We did the hike mid-week and only saw about 15 people the whole hike. The parking lot is big and there are large restrooms at the information center. Be sure to bring plenty of water!