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closed because of govt shutdown. looks like it would be a nice place to visit though.

Beautiful! We hiked on November 9th (my 50th Birthday), and it was very cold. We turned around after a couple miles, but I don’t feel like I missed anything. The views are spectacular from any vantage point.

worth the view

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12 days ago

Took this hike the morning after it snowed. Crampons weren’t necessary, but trail can be slick. Definitely dress appropriately (layers and boots) as the temperature drops on the way up and the wind can be quite brutal.

The trailhead says it’s ~2.5 miles up making it about 5 miles out and back, but my Fitbit read 7.4 from the parking lot to the top and back. We may have gone past the actual “lookout” point though and up to the antennas/radio post at the very top of the peak.

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12 days ago

Nice easy hike with a kid in the backpack!

Decent hike and a great workout. Nice to have so close to the city.

It’s just a short path but it’s an amazing view! A cool piece of history.

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19 days ago

Cool piece of history. Not a tough hike but neat nonetheless!

Great views all along the way!

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19 days ago

Worth every step to the top! You can start this hike at the visitors center (the only option I had during the shutdown). I hiked 12-27-18. You will probably need yaktraks or some type of snow spikes.

It has amazing views. Never should miss it.

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20 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.

Amazing hike today. Due to government shutdown, road is closed just past the campground. Only trailhead access in Chiricahua’s is via lower rhyolite trail at visitor center. There was increasing amounts of snow on the trail starting about a mile in, due to trail on north facing slopes. Some areas 3 inches deep. Trees and branches beautifully coated from recent storm. Nice snow scenes in heart of rocks loop as well. This trail will be slick in next day or two. Hiking poles recommended for anticipated icy conditions.

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24 days ago

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

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1 month ago

A mind-bending experience! Highly recommended for anybody who wants to see one of the more unique rock formations AZ has to offer. Navigating to the wave was a little difficult even with the map provided that comes with the permit. The map uses pictures to navigate you to the right place, whereas physical trail markers are few and far between. There is no clear trail to follow after you leave the Wire Pass Wash so the only guidance is the rock formations you see along the way.

The Wave area itself is a small area easily hidden amongst the other formations, but there is no doubting that you've made it once you see it! It is quite unique even among the astounding rocks around it.

You will not regret visiting here. Bring a camera and your navigational skills :)

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1 month ago

Beautiful

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1 month ago

Great hike! It would have been a great run if I had warmer running clothes and more motivation!

12/8/2018 - My 86th hike to the top was great. I started at @7:30am and the trail was frozen and icy so I wore my Kahtoola Microspikes all the way up. Lot of snow halfway up however the trail was easy and well packed from previous hikers.
Warning! There's a big dead tree laying across the trail @10-15 min after the trail t's off (at the top of Fatman's Loop). It looks precarious and ready to slide further down. If that happened, I'd hate to be below! I'm reporting it to the Forestry Service because it's a definite hazard. I'll include a photo here. Because of the snow, it took me 1:25 to reach the top (not counting 3 short breaks) I've hiked it as fast as 1:10 in better conditions.

Very neat to see in person. Worth seeing.

1 month ago

Hike this trail often when in Green Valley. Good trail for beginners or families with you children

It snowed the night before and they closed the roads down, so I was the only out on the Big Loop which was incredible. This was a pretty moderate hike, very unique place! I loved it.

Nice easy trail

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1 month ago

Beautiful way to see the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley. We started around 10 AM when it was still in the low 40s. Easy hike on a cool day, it probably would be considered moderate on a hot summer day as there is no shade at all. We saw very few people along the way.

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1 month ago

Brought my students around this loop. Great trail to educate!

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1 month ago

An experience I’ll never forget. This backcountry is absolutely stunning. My friends and I signed up for the lottery twice. Got picked on the 2nd attempt. We arrived and made acquaintances with our fellow lottery winner and a volunteer hiker, Charlie. He ended up guiding us all the way to the Wave and giving us some lessons along the way. Best way to spend my birthday week! Try to grab a spot on the BLM page. If not, best of luck on the day you sign up at the BLM office!

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1 month ago

I won the Lottery! The lottery today was for Thanksgiving & Black Friday. 90 groups, representing 264 hikers, wanted the 20 permits. I feel like Charlie from Wllly Wonka and the Chocolate factory. I was the last one called for Friday. I got the last winning ticket. My first time in the walk up lottery. Did I mention I won the Lottery?

Amazing hike! We were guided by Will Moore to the Upper Cliff Dwellings. He was very knowledgeable about the ruins and provided an excellent account of the history regarding the cliff dwellings. Highly recommend this guided tour to anyone interested in local history.

Excellent trail - not difficult at all beyond the distance. Great scenery at the Heart of Rocks Loop. Pleasant along the way with some open, hilly terrain and other forested terrain. Great place to get away from things and take some pics without pushing oneself too hard with a tough climb.

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2 months ago

Great distance for travelers staying in Flagstaff! I went up on a Monday afternoon with not too many people along the way. The incline gradually gets steeper and steeper and the air thinner and thinner. Visiting from WA, this trail felt like a typical incline, though the elevation is always an adjustment. Views are amazing and getting up to the lookout tower is worth it! Though the gate to climb the tower was closed when I got there, it’s still an amazing view from the ground! Took me just under 3 hours with stopping along the way, I also clocked in at 5.7 miles RT.

Loved this trail!

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