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I wanted so much to love this trail. It has water, great birds, horses, cool plants, and is pretty unique among places I've been in Arizona.

There was trash everywhere. I just wanted one spot on the hike where my partner and I could sit for 15 minutes overlooking the water without an empty beer can within 20 feet. Couldn't find one.

If Arizona cleans this area up, it becomes an easy 5 stars.

hiking
3 days ago

Did this hike in March of 2018. Came from the south road to the trailhead. I would recommend 4X4. The view from the top is very cool with all the quartz around you. I will be doing this hike again in the spring.

An incredible hike for sure!
So much to see on your way up the Needle with plant of shady spots to take a mini break before continuing.
No Permit needed to go exploringout here, unless you're trying to squeeze in The Wave Cave, which you actually pass by on your way to The Peralta Trailhead.
Anyhow, bring some good sturdy shoes as the terrain can get quite rugged as you gain elevation.
The amazing needle view from Fremont Saddle is quite a reward after all that hiking!

As a senior, this trail was difficult because it was narrow in many places, rocky and not much shade. However the views are worth it especially when you reach the saddle and continue out to the overview of Weavers Needle. A bonus, the way back is mostly downhill. I have completed this trek about 5 times and now at 79, it's out of the question due to the lack of shade!!!

go early on morning with a headlamp. sunrise is gorgeous!

Four Peaks, Mt. Ord and Three Bar Wildlife closed due to drought. Go to website for more info:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=46630

One of my favorites!
2 things you need to know.
1- it's rough driving to get there, but the road from Roosevelt lake is much smoother and shorter than the one closer to Phoenix. you need clearance, 4 wd isn't necessary but helpful
2- the last run is very steep and dangerous, careless hikers above you may drop rocks and people die from falls. but it's very very doable. just be aware.

additionally, I know I would get grief for this, but I hike off trail to get down. on your decent, before you get to the steep drop, I turn down toward the parking lot. it's loose dirt in some areas and I would guess if there's leaves on the trees you might lose your bearings. but it was an excellent decision for us as we were running out of sunlight, we beat others down while had left the summit 30 minutes before us.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely loved it!!!

This hike is absolutely beautiful! You really get to experience a little bit of everything this desert has to offer. The views are fantastic and the hike easy, so even with the 100+ degree temperatures it was pleasant. Tips- Pack lots of water, be mindful of snakes!

on Butcher Jones Trail

hiking
2 months ago

One of the most surreal moments of the trip was to arrive at the trailhead (sunrise) to witness the beauty of the Salt River wild horses. Amazing. The hike is beautiful with incredible views. Be cautious as the trail is quite narrow and steep at times. The narrow part can create an issue with rattle snake encounters... as we experienced on this hike. We expect to run into all sorts of wildlife during these hikes but did get ourselves into a pickle on the trail. Our issue was upon our return to the trailhead where we encountered a coiled rattler in a covered brush area near the shore. It’s beautiful in this small patch of area but you only have one way to pass through. There is no where to climb up or around in certain areas so if your trail is blocked, it may pose additional impediments. Just be cautious and aware of your surroundings on this trail. I suggest a walking stick of sorts.

Hiked it during the day and then again 6 hours later to catch the eclipse a few months ago. If you get towards the top late in the day to see the sun start to set the view is best around Phoenix IMO

hiking
2 months ago

This is a hard and challenging hike. I would not call it as difficult as Flat Iron.

The drive in to the turn off: There seems to be a lot of discussion. I have a Dodge Journey. Goes great with the dad bod and hiking sneakers. Coming in from the south way the roads were easy until I turned and headed north along the power lines. You I just had to slow down. I had clearance for the sand birm in the middle of the road. Really no problem. Go slow and take your time.

As for the way out. way more sand, much tighter and the wash outs were bad. There were a few times I followed the new tire tracks off the main road to get around the road. From the time you turn off the trail access road to the blacktop the "road" is a mess. Big broken wash outs. Lots of moderate to heavy sand, plants encroaching into the roadway. This is not a path for a "car". If it's about the same distance go the south route.

As for the hike I clocked it at 6.4 miles. the trail is lightly traveled for sure. It's all up hill to the point that when the path leveled off for a few feet, I walked slower. Really, it felt so good.

The upper third is a lot of rocks and broken trail however there are plenty of markers to show the path. There was a beat up American flag at the top. the western valley was an exquisite view. Make no mistake the down hill is tough too due to your up hill grind.

Not going again for sometime due to heat and distance to get there. But this is a hike if you're looking for something totally different and challenging

Fun short trail. Not difficult at all.

I’ve done this hike numerous times and it’s always a good time. BUT! Note to self - do not go on Memorial Day Weekend - what is usually a very quiet and peaceful hike is nothing but boats, jet skis and loud music.

Great, although tough to get to and I live 10 mins away to the turn off. 20 to 40 mins in to trailhead in a 2016 Jeep. I bet there's an easier way in I have not found it yet!

I was on 100 for a short time yesterday, starting on 8 and then swinging over to a parallel trail and then on to 100. I have been meaning to go back to 2 Bit Peak, which I found once from 100 and another time from Piestewa Peak Park, though I didn't find that yesterday. I just meandered for a time on 100 and then jumped on 1A and headed back to parking. 100 is essentially a long, flat trail, with plenty of connectors for more challenging hiking. It's pretty anyway, and does provide a long walk through the desert. One time I drove to Tatum Drive, parked at Tomahawk Trail, and then hiked to Piestewa Peak Park and back. A good 6 miles one way. I am determined to find 2 Bit Peak again, so will spend more time on 100.

mountain biking
3 months ago

This is tough trail riding up, but down is easy, just have to stay slow due to others on trail. Best to ride up and stay legt to make do loop.

This was my second official hike and it was amazing! Encountered a rattlesnake but other than that the view was beautiful.

Easy hike for first 2 miles, then scramble comes up on you. Be ready to climb. Requires athleticism and no fear of heights. Spectacular view at the top. Highly reccomend for those capable.

A good workout but not the most picturesque area. Other hikes in the Phoenix area are much more scenic. Also, trails are not well marked. We were on a different trail (Bursera) until we asked if we were on Pyramid Trail. If you live in the neighborhood, I guess it’s convenient. I would rather do Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley in South Mountain or head to McDowell Sonoran Preserve or Superstitions.

hiking
3 months ago

Saw 3 wild burros about a quarter mile from the start! Spot #9 on the map is where we started and it was $7 per vehicle to get into the park. Lots of cactus, but nice weather.

Hiked up to Fremont Saddle with my wife to get the awesome view of Weavers Needle. Started out about 7:30 am to beat the heat and other hikers. Had the whole view up at the top to ourselves for about a half hr. Made our way back down about 9:30 and met the flood of other hikers making their way up. Very nice moderate hike. Path is wide open and easy to maneuver.

fun place to use your 4x4 desert hills,water what ever you want to do, you can do it. alot of views and every now and then you will see a Lincoln Town car out there crazy.

Would rate this trail easy. Extremely beautiful. We encountered three rattlesnakes!

This hike is remarkable. A challenge that will test you, but well worth it at the end. The peak is absolutely beautiful. Well worth the constant uphill and downhill grind. Bring lots of water and start early.

We went early to avoid heat and foot traffic. The beginning of the hike was in shade which was nice. Hiked to shoreline access which it really wasn't and path gets tight. Either go to Burro or stop at campers cove and return. Path gets busy after 10 am. The views are nice of the lake. Met a few rattlesnakes sunning themselves to boot.

Fun, beautiful, water to cool down by or in, lots of twists and ups & downs. Be sure to bring lots of water. We gave a couple bottles up to people that were struggling.

I consider this a Hard hike. The trail is easy until the Petroglyphs which is the end of the Hieroglyphics trail. There are two ways to go from there, left will take you boulder hopping and right to a faint trail. Both ways have cairns but I prefer the faint trail to the right. The rest of the way is hard. My favorite view is reaching the saddle that meets the Superstition Ridgeline trail. From there follow cairns southeast passing the summit area and turn back around to reach the summit. Took us 7 hours, including approx. 30 mins rest and picture time at the summit.

Beautiful day spent in solitude. Went counterclockwise starting at 11am, and ran into 3 people coming the other way. Finished around 530. Stopped halfway for a 30 minute break.

Loved the changing scenery on this hike. Went from rolling hills, to a dry riverbed, up and over the trail to Peralta.

Hiked in late April, and thought I could get away with 2.5 to 3L of water. Ran out about 2 hours before the end of the trail, making it a real adventure! I would bring 4L for this hike in the future. That first taste of cold water from the gas station was refreshing to say the least.

Would absolutely come back to this location and try it clockwise next time.

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