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LOVED this trail. Took my 2 year old son and we went in the later day, 3pmish. I got some great photos on my iPhone and my son accomplished the trail easily. Can be a bit rocky and you are going upwards most of the way but fantastic views! Couldn’t ask for a better experience!

heavily used trail even at 36deg morning! lots of people and dogs ply this route. good enough hike at moderate level of difficulty. even at a slow pace, one can reach the cave in 1hr and 15min.

6 hours ago

Great views from the summit and all during the hike. Dog friendly since there are no large rock scrambles :) A good quick hike to do in the afternoons in January.
We are in fairly good shape but aren’t overly experienced hikers. (but have hiked a bit in the NE) it took us about 50-55min up and maybe 40-45 down.

10 hours ago

Easy and quick out and back. Not much to take pictures of and the big sign warning of bears at the beginning made it a less than relaxing hike. There are better trails in Sedona.

10 hours ago

Easy and short uphill scramble. My 13 pound dog with short legs did it easily. Great views from the top.

Great trail and not heavily traveled. I enjoy it because of the relatively easy hike. I try to walk it when I’m in town. My friend didn’t fair as well. It was a little harder than he was prepared for.

on Hieroglyphic Trail

1 day ago

Awesome hike for kids, ours are 5, 4, and 2. Parking was kinda crowded and a lot more people than what I usually like, but we also went on MLK day so that may be why. I imagine it’s just as busy on a weekend though. Such a beautiful place!

One of favorite! Beautiful views, great work out!!

Good incline until the end and the way back is nice and easy. Good family hike.

1 day ago

Beautiful view from the near end of the trail. The last .5 miles is difficult to find and we didn’t go to the suggested end because it was so covered with foliage. Overall, beautiful trail.

Awesome trail! Very busy though.

Definitely an ankle twister! I’d recommend wearing good boots because it’s quite rocky terrain when you’re not on the steps. The views at the summit are worth it, especially if you climb up a bit more and face camelback. I arrived around 7:30am on a Tuesday morning to avoid the crowds which worked. Parked in the first lot (which was still almost full) and started on the alternate summit trail across the street. Only came across a handful of hikers on the way up and had the summit to myself for a while before heading down, where lots of folks seemed to start around 9am. A hiking pole might have been nice too :)

Trail was really great. Definitely busier than I would have liked, but it was a holiday. I was impressed with all the kids and older people breezing through. It was MLK day and the lot was full so everyone was parked on the dirt road, we made the mistake of following suit and got towed. Thank goodness we had more people with a second vehicle to take us to our car, but they were ticketing and towing dozens of vehicles. Leaving folks stranded. Moral; no matter how many people are parked on the road, don’t do it! $75 for the tow and that was cheaper than a citation.

Bring your hiking boots/shoes, as this was steep and slick! This was one of my favorite hikes of all-time as the surrounding beauty coupled with the moderate to hard challenge made for an unforgettable overall experience.

2 days ago

The hike to the Wind Cave is relatively easy for an avid hiker. There is a hive at the Wind Cave so watch out for bees. If you continue past the Wind Cave you can make it to the top where there is a nice scenic view in all directions. Here is a video of what you may see up on top of the mountain. https://youtu.be/uT7U3o8kS5Q

2 days ago

Such a great hike for families! Long enough for the little ones to complain (it’s good for them) but super rewarding at the end with all the rocks to climb. I had an 11, 10, 8, 5 and 2 year old (in a pack) with me and they all did awesome. The parking lot fills up quick and I got a ticket for parking along the road... so watch out for that!

loved the hike. my two boys did it pretty well without too much complaining and they loved the end!

Nice enjoyable hike. Cool little waterfall at the top. Be ready to climb over some rocks.

2 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views. It is definitely a challenge. Would do this hike again

Hieroglyphic Trail is a lot of fun and should not be missed, there are petroglyphs and small waterfalls at the end of the trail along with beautiful views of the Valley. This family friendly trail is a 2.8 mile moderately-heavy trafficked and rocky out and back trail. Depending on experience level, this trail is mostly easy with some moderate features including rocky areas / loose gravel and "possible climbing" for some around the petroglyphs and waterfalls. For bonus points, keep hiking past the waterfalls for a more challenging experience. Weekend foot traffic can get heavy, best for weekday and early morning use. We highly recommend this trail.

2 days ago

Amazing trail for those more active and fit. If you’re scared of heights, this will thrill you toward the end. It starts off really easy and then out of no where you’re climbing huge steps to the top that are steep.. also, get there early.. we arrived at 7:10 and when we came back down a little after 9am it gets extremely busy, people waiting around for others to leave and people parking all the way down to the main entrance on the Main Street. Definitely a good work out for arms, legs, and good cardio. Great hike and views! Well worth the body aches

This trail was a great challenging trail for beginners . Beautiful view once you are at the top. Went around 8am- not very many people .

Very very easy trail to hike, did it with my wife and her young nephews. Gorgeous when you get to the end with the spring and you can see the many Native American Petroglyphs. Carried a single bottle of water with me and was fine.

It has been a while since I was last out here. I went on a holiday(MLK) and the trail was packed. There were large parties. In many cases, hikers were blaring music out of loud speakers while walking. Not very serene. I realize this is a busy trail, but that seemed like a bit much. That being said, the water was flowing, wildlife was abounding, and the views breathtaking. Try a weekday when the crowds will be down for a better experience overall.


good workout. beautiful views! a bit busier than we expected but still a great hike.

One of my favorite hike in Tucson. My one year old son and I hike on 12/31 and it was beautiful, lots of flowing water and the falls was beautiful. If you are planning on hiking with a Baby make sure to bring hiking sticks they are very handy when you are coming down hill.

great nighttime hike.

3 days ago

Easy trail for anyone to hike. Stunning 360 views at the top. Not very crowded. Would be get spot for watching the sunset.

Beautiful hike with views of Cathedral Rock. We were alone for most of the hike.

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