dogs on leash
My wife and I are very new to hiking, as in our first ever hike was Piestewa Peak the day before. We found Cholla to be fairly straightforward and simple up to the saddle which I believe was post 25. From there to the summit was quite challenging for us, as it involved mostly scrambling, but it was well worth the views and sense of accomplishment at the summit. The trail was pretty well marked until the scrambling portion where we found ourselves hunting for the best path and asking others which direction to head. That may have been more our inexperience than anything else though.
It is a nice trail with good views in all directions. the trail is well marked... follow the blue dots. the trail can be divided into 2 logical parts. marker 1-25 is an easy hike. marker 25-36 is half hiking and half scrambling. we went in a cloudy day. needed more water. it is called camelback for a reason... wear one. you'll need your hands for the scrambling part. my friend fell on the ledges. stay off the gravel.