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dogs on leash
Good hike. More difficult than others make it seem. Hike up was constant elevation gain. Hard climbing during the last leg. Went with a dog and she helped lead the way as far as the path up. There seem to be other paths in the area that cross cross this one. As others have said make sure to go through the fence and keep the cave in sight to maintain correct direction. If you go with a dog it would be difficult and dangerous to hold a leash on this path.
Overall the hike wasn't too difficult, it was longer than expected but the scenery was beautiful, traffic wasn't too heavy, I wouldn't advise bringing a pet along with, it does get tight and steep in areas, but the work you put in is rewarded with views of Four Peaks!
Cliff dwellings at the end of the trail were well worth the hike in. Be sure to go to the upper dwellings. Hike itself not difficult - a bit of climbing to get up to the higher dwellings.
The drive in definitely needs a 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicle. we were in a high clearance vehicle without 4 wheel drive and struggled to get up the hills. Twice the passengers had to get out and walk. one time we pushed the vehicle. on the way in the hills are long and very steep. no problem coming back out.