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Parking lot was not super large, recommend getting there early. This was almost more of a scenic lookout than a hike. Took about 10 minutes to walk down and 10 to walk back. Lots of bathrooms which were pretty well maintained. Great stop during our long day drive.

Super easy trail.

did this hike yesterday. expect 4 foot snow on north kaibab . many retuned at 1 mile out. all but us summited. we kicked in a snow path but it was waist deep at times I wanted to give up the whole time. entire return was moonlit wonderland. but stoping just 5 min. with 3 layers was frigid. more snow gear recommended. . .water proof shows and extra socks. we took 3l water each and used it . tho there was water at last camp before n kaibab. . . good luck be safe. turn back if you need to. 45 miles 22 hours.

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3 days ago

Proud to say at age 72 I made it to the top today my second time after 7 1/2 years when I climbed before. Seems like it was much more difficult this time but then again I am much older. It was a perfect day for hiking, the weather was about 62° and sunny skies. The views from the top are spectacular, take plenty of water and a snack. trekking poles are great in certain areas but most the time you won’t need them, definitely you’ll need gloves for the cables.

4 days ago

This trail was a serious challenge, bring snacks, gloves and some tunes (air pods).

4 days ago

What a great trail! Tough but absolutely worth it! Gloves are a necessity for the cable portions - and a little upper body strength helps too. But what a fun way to climb! All the way up is beautiful scenery to birds-eye level and a 360 degree view at the top. Amazing!

Pretty easy hike to see something that I have only seen in many photos. Very beautiful.

The guides kinda just rush you through. The canyon is gorgeous but I didn't get to really take it in.

My little beagle loved it and crushed the uphill portions. Carried her downhill because she didn’t want to leave plus the critters during dusk were all out driving her nuts. Went only up to the cable sections about 1.2 miles up. Too difficult with a dog on leash and dogs are not allowed past the saddle.

Gloves with grip and hiking boots/shoes.

Great hike. There are a few spots that definitely require a little patience and safety; otherwise you will be calling an airlift out.
Go on a weekday if possible. Less traffic. There are a lot of spots that only one person can pass at a time.
No dogs past the first guide cables. Don’t be that idiot.

short hike very beautiful place a lot of people I enjoyed

This was a pretty complete hike. Steep going up and down, some scrambling, 3 point touch at times, and of course use of upper body strength with cables assistance....lots of areas with cables. Yes gloves are essential here! nice views for sunrise. Was very fun and challenging. Would say a little more difficult than Camelback echo canyon.

One of the most best hikes we’ve done so far in Arizona. The rock scrambles and cables make for a fun adventure m. Some cable climbs are very steep and difficult to find your footing, but overall very doable for all ages. The climb up the front half of the mountain is gradual. You circle around the back of the mountain, a small decent and than a climb to the very top. The cables are all on the opposite side of the mountain. We were out and back in 2.5 hours and traveled with a 6 month old on our back. Tight and nerve wracking in some spots but was a lot of fun in the end. At the trailhead stick to the right on hunter trail. At the top of the first mountain circle around towards the left towards the cable decent. Fantastic views and wish more trails were like it :)

A great trail, up to the saddle - at which point it becomes a search for the correct route. Be prepared for a couple of false summits and a glorious view from the top. If you hit it early enough in the summer (4 am), you'll have the whole mountain to yourself on the ascent. Round trip can be run with a bit of effort in under 3 hours, but it's nice to give yourself enough time to enjoy the views and allow for at least 5.

One of the best places in the US to visit

Extremely easy trail, pretty flat, you can wear flip flops even (I did). The view is outstanding once you get there, you’ll definitely wanna bring your camera! But beware the vertigo

19 days ago

One of the most amazing experiences! Love the hike. Very hard as I was not in such good shape.
I loved the 360 degree views this place has to offer. It was cold in the morning and evening... but as we got to the top the sun shined on us and kept us warm... Not to mention the activity.
Highly recommended to train prior as much as possible and be prepared for the high elevation effect!

This hike is incredible. Be prepped to use your arms, there are some areas you use both arms and legs to get up. I had never been before and wasn’t expecting it to be what it was. It seemed like longer than 2 miles to the top but it was worth it. About 3 hours roundtrip, bring lots of water... the view is breathtaking.

Very busy over the Christmas break and somewhat challenging to access if you didn’t arrive early enough to park in the small parking lot. Very much enjoyed the views but did not enjoy the overcrowded viewpoint and trail.

Once in a lifetime, must see and do hike!!!! There’s nothing more to say about this place.

This hike is awesome... there’s no way it’s 2.4 round trip, more like 3.5 or 4. Our gps’s all said different things, but the trailhead said 2 miles each way. Took us about 3 hours. Very adventurous. More like heavily trafficked than moderately, but still lots of fun.

One of those scenes that feel super fake. It's such a pretty sight!

As a note, please don't be one of those people that just leave your garbage in the parking lot. It looked so horrible in the parking lot.

One of the most beautiful places on earth.

25 days ago

My wife and I hiked this yesterday, December 27, 2018. We started at 9:45 and finished by 6. To our knowledge we were the only folks up there all day. It was quite an experience and I want to share a few tips / things we learned.

First, make sure you hike with good weather. For us, the weather was pretty gnarly. The high at the base was in the 20's which was actually great, but the summit was below zero (not counting windchill) and there were 40 mph winds. We had about 4 upper-body layers each and used 3 on the summit and were pretty comfortable temperature wise. However, the visibility was 15 yards max above the treeline and snow drifts made the trail harder to follow. Bad visibility and a blizzard made the last 1.5 ish miles extremely unpleasant and honestly pretty dangerous. We got to the summit at 3:30ish. We snapped a photo but then left to try and beat nightfall.

Second, if you're doing a winter ascent, wear crampons!!! I would recommend Kahtoola K10's since they work with any pair of normal hiking boots. I would not try it with yaktrax or microspikes. You don't need special winter boots but I'm sure they wouldn't hurt.

Third, find a way to keep your food and water warm. Our insulated CamelBak lines froze above the treeline so our insulated nalgene was all we had to drink on the way down. Our food also froze, so keep that in mind. Throwing a hand warmer in a sock with a Clif bar would have probably worked well, looking back.

Fourth, eat before you're hungry and drink before you're thirsty. Those two things are the best way to prevent altitude sickness if you're not used to higher elevation.

Overall, it went alright but we were pretty mentally beat up by the end. Neither of us actually got sick or any kind of frostbite which was. That said, the trip could have easily been a disaster with the conditions. There were a few spots on the saddle where the snow drifts just dropped off. Sheesh.

I just want to stress that you shouldn't do it in a sub-zero blizzard unless you really know what you're doing. We actually lost the trail below the treeline on the descent because the snow drifts hid our tracks and we lost the yellow ribbon markers. Ended up walking down the ski slope instead which was actually a blessing haha.

Hope this helps and good luck!

It has amazing views. Never should miss it.

26 days ago

I would like to start with the road to the trailhead. This road is grated and managed. Please don’t stress out. It’s rough in spots but drivable in most vehicles. Start early. There are also trail markers but the provided “map” from the BLM is not near as good as downloading the Alltrails map. If you feel lost, follow the footprints. There were way too many people here today and I only saw one other permit tag. I’m thinking people are taking advantage of the government shutdown. Absolutely one of the best adventures my family has done.

Took the wife, no dogs allowed this time because of the use of cables up the steep terrain. Although I’m pretty sure my super athletic ridgeback could have done it. Before you get to the saddle, along the vertical cliff side of the mountain there are crevices everywhere with bats in them. You can’t see them but you can hear them and there’s bat droppings everywhere. Once you get past the saddle is when the fun really starts. It was a bit harder for the wife, you’ll need a little more upper body strength and climbing ability for this one. The view at the top is nice but the best part is the climb, one of the funnest I’ve done in a while.

We were very disappointed- we drove all the way only to discover that entry is limited only to guided tours and they were all sold out a few days ahead. I wish the trail description had mentioned this very important point.

Funnest mountain climb yet. The view from the peak is astonishing. Careful managing your time, trail closes at sunset. It's a 90-minute round trip to the saddle. To get to the peak veer left as you cross the saddle to go down a ways on the south (sun) side of the mountain before turning east and heading up to the summit. From the Saddle to the peak is about a 2.5 hour round trip. We got sucked in by the sunset on the saddle and descended in the dark, to find on our vehicle a friendly reminder from the rangers that it's a no-no to stay so late.

29 days ago

Amazing! There are so many pretty things along this hike but, the wave is

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