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Fantastic.
This is like 3 separate hikes in 1.
The first mile or so is an easy walk through the slot. Great rock formations and an easy walk for any age. One person in another group did get claustrophobic and turned back.
The next 1/4 mile of so is a climb. Some trail, some stairs some switchbacks. It is a little bit of a challenge. Some smaller kids were having trouble and it is steep. The trail can be narrow with areas to pull over and let oncoming hikers pass. There was ice on the trail when we were there but it didn't cause too much problem.
The last part is on top of the mountain. Fairly flat trail with long views of the valley and other mountains. Again- beautiful.
I highly recommend this hike. The rock formations and the slot are amazing.

Amazing views.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing hike, took 2 hours because it was leisurely. I loved going in between and on top. Stunning panoramic view at the top. Really truly breathtaking.

4 days ago

Snow the last few miles but great hike

hiking
10 days ago

My mom and I did this trek early in the morning on our way to Santa Fe. It’s more easy than moderate other than some elevation gain, but the tent rocks themselves are amazing to see.

This a great, local, high altitude, hike to train on if you are going to be doing other hikes like the Inca Trail. I credit this hike for making us very well prepared for our trip. I am a little late with a review as snow has already begun to accumulate but in early October the trail was mostly clear. Hard to follow at the beginning through the ski resort and construction. Just look for the signage. Above the treeline it is incredibly windy (like have to hunker down at times windy) and cold. I recommend a very warm jacket / windbreaker, warm gloves and a hat. It is hard to appreciate the amazing view from the top if you are freezing. Take the time to go see Williams Lake if you can. We had lunch there and it was beautiful.

First, .5 miles was steep and rocky. Well marked, great trail. Good workout.

19 days ago

Neat!

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing trail! Very little snow and ice left on the trail in the shade in early April. Views are breathtaking.

One of the best trails I have walked. You start at the trailhead in Oliver State Park and you continue going up until you get to the other trailhead on Road 90, it is a bit tired but it is not difficult to walk. The steepest section begins near the mile 3, a narrow path on the side of the mountain, just walk slowly and watch your step. The trail is very well marked and you walk a total of 11 miles (not 9.9), the views of the canyon and in any direction that you look, are spectacular! A good pair of mountain shoes and walking stick will be very helpful.

Beautiful just very busy

Beautiful, only able to get to Williams lake due to heavy snow in the past month. Trail is easy to follow and packed down good to the lake (very popular hike) I tried going up to wheeler but it’s still soft and deep snow. Not many people summiting anymore. A hiker coming down informed me the trail disappears after timberline so it looks like next year will be my summiting chance.

hiking
1 month ago

What a great hike! Definitely do the slot canyon, and if you want to avoid any crowds go early morning weekdays. There was practically no one there.

Dogs not allowed on trail

hiking
1 month ago

Second time to hike this trail. Love seeing and visiting with people from all over the U.S. and other countries. Took more time to enjoy the views and survey the slot for the best light. Moral of this story is slow down and enjoy!

Super beautiful geology!
Be aware, hiking on a hot summer day is overwhelming, due to all the bright quartz sand, you can literally feel like you’re being cooked in the oven.
Bring water and shelter tree to tree from the sun.
just making sure you hike this in cooler weather, or plan for the extreme heat and sun.
The formations are definitely were this hike I have done it several times.

hiking
1 month ago

Last two miles is pretty snowy. Still able to make it through with just tennis shoes, though. A great hike as always especially with tramming down.

Trail head has some construction going on so we opted to use the tramway trail to get to la luz and the tram is going to be closed for two weeks or so after today.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike. A couple of places to shuffle up some rocks, but nothing my pregnant wife (2nd trimester at the time) couldn’t manage. Beautiful rock formations along the way, and fantastic views at the top. Watch out for snakes in the warm months.

Beautiful scenery and pretty easy to navigate. Highly recommended.
You will not be disappointed.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was heavily trafficked on a September weekend, but the more difficult section called 'the slot' was worth fighting the crowds. Very cool formations and a nice climb to the top view point. Please wear good shoes if you go, and be aware of letting slow or fast groups pass or pull over as needed.

Great views, lighting was perfect against the mountains in the morning. Fall weather was perfect-cool, but sunny. Trail is fairly narrow and a little overgrown thanks to recent rains. Saw three different tarantulas.

on Pine Tree Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike late in October , spectacular scenery and streams were running from recent rain , go to the left at beginning of loop , other hikers told us this too and it seemed like the better way , took us 3 hours to complete , not in a hurry cause we were taking lots of Pics

Absolutely beautiful. Fun climbs, stunning views. Nothing short of amazing. We went on a somewhat rainy day with a little hesitation. This trail is not to be missed.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike through the slot canyons and a great view at the top. The canyon can be narrow at times so you have to watch your footing on the way down to avoid possibly twisting an ankle. Was hard not to take a lot of photos!

Fantastic hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible trail. We had to wait a little while at the entrance as they limit the number of people on the trail. During the drive in we saw a tarantula making it's way across the road. The trail starts off easy and gradually becomes more narrow. It was very crowded, even on a Friday morning. You'll have to stop often to let people pass. The formations are amazing, as well as the trees that grow in the canyon. The rocks against the blue sky is breathtaking. Towards the end of the Slot Canyon Trail, the climb becomes tougher, there is some scrambling and actual climbing. The 360° view on top is absolutely incredible and worth the climb. Bring water, there is no shade and since it is so dry, you will need it. I highly recommend this trail!

So scenic!!! I advise sturdy hiking boots though. Saw an injury and too many people hiking in shoes that could easily cause a fall or ankle twist.

How to get your kids into hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Slot Canyon trail was excellent. I went early (arrived around 0845) and was glad I did. 35 degrees when I started and 74 degrees by the time I finished. Some parts of the slot canyon really only allow for one way traffic so I’m glad I really only had to deal with the heavier foot traffic on my way down. A bit steep near the top, but the views are worth it! Bring hand sanitizer in case there isn’t anymore left in the bathroom at the trailhead.

súper cool área! very hard to find trail. ended up just walking around, but worth the pit stop!

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