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Beautiful views, easy trail, makes for an amazing saturday morning.

mountain biking
7 days ago

It's a great ride lots of connecting trails to challenge any skill level!
The downsides are
1. trail isn't maintained so you have to watch out for cacti
2. Beginning of trail is really rocky and narrow, makes it a hassle when its busy.
3. Lots of lose sand that's hard to ride through unless you have some speed going in.

nice hike... took a little looking around to figure out how to get to the tree lookout by weavers needle

trail running
10 days ago

Went mid October and still hot... definitely no shade until the top. As others have said, not well marked at all... got off the trail once and had to backtrack. There are several rock hoodoos that people have left that actually really help if you pay attention. It's very remote and very beautiful. I do not recommend doing this hike alone. Bees at the cave scared me down quickly after a few pictures.

An easy climb on a clearly marked, heavily traveled trail. Very picturesque. Good exercise for older or beginning hikers. Leisurely, three hour walk if you stop occasionally to take in the views. Mostly uphill on the way in, and then downhill on the way back out.

This was a great trail to take with the dog. Not so easy, it was boring, but wasn't brutal for this out of shape girl who spent too much time in air conditioning over the summer. Will be my go-to when I just need to get out of the house.

11 days ago

Definitely not for beginners, but a great hike with an amazing destination. Got off trail on the way up, had to backtrack. Got off the trail on the way down, had to blue line for a while to get back down. Had so much fun that none of the bush whacking seemed tedious or frustrating. GREAT hike.

12 days ago

Beautiful views everywhere you look. My favorite hike so far!

14 days ago

17 days ago

This trail need to be marked better, saw lots of people hiking off course and had make their way back to the trail. The brush on about the last mile is really dense and a bit difficult of a climb if you are not prepared. The end sight is well worth it, the cave is awesome. Lots of traffic.

This hike needs to be rated difficult. It is very poorly marked and the only way we made it to the top was following footprints and cairns. It was worth the hard hike and it was beautiful, definitely visiting again

Gorgeous views. More of a moderate hike uphill on rocky terrain. Busy on a weekend morning. People need to pick up after their dogs.

Beautiful rocks wonderful view at the top. Worth the climb up!

Beautiful trail, I would say it's a moderate difficulty as opposed to easy. You're walking through an empty, rocky river bed... the incline on the way in can be a bit rough and slippery with all the rocks, but overall a very nice hike.

on Hieroglyphic Trail

22 days ago

This is not an EASY Hike, should be rate as moderate. Trail is a constant upward hike to trail end. Lots of loose rocks on trail. Must climb over rock slabs. Mountain views outstanding especially after rains. Able to get up close to view hieroglyphics.

22 days ago

My GPS tracked this as a 10.4 mile trail. I loved the hike but it's def. one for cooler months. Some of the trails was overgrown. Bring plenty of water, there isn't much shade. The last mile was the best for me. Will def. be back!

Took my 12 year old and 3 month old and this hike is no joke! Trail is difficult to find at times but like others have mentioned, you should be able to see the cave at all times. Went off path one time but thanks to some hikers on their way down we were able to see where we had gotten mixed up. It's a good climb towards the top, but we saw smaller kids making it up there too. Beautiful views and worth it when you make it to the cave. I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was in terms of seeing others on the trail, expected it to be much busier with the cooler weather. Great trail!

25 days ago

First hike of the season. Great views and a good starter.