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a great hike with wonderful views..wildflowers up top! bring plenty of water!

Beautiful hike, rocky in spots.

I’ve never enjoyed doing something as dangerous as the level three scrambling you must get through to make way to the summit of Browns Peak. The trail in to the saddle was moderate and just slightly over 2 miles. The scramble after the saddle makes this difficult however. I will say, if you do not feel comfortable, turn around Remember, it’s not just up you have to go but back down as well!

backpacking
2 days ago

Would have given more stars but.......
If you follow the trail it is difficult, hot 100+, uncovered, and long stretches without water. At what appears to be the end of the trail, the way down to the creek is extremely unsafe (with a full pack) requiring navigation over a narrow ledge and 20ft drop.
If you follow the creek it is slow going and your battling loose rock, deep pools, bushwhacking through tons of poison ivy and spider webs, fallen wood and twigs which create trip hazards, and encounters with wildlife like snakes and spiders.
Next time I’ll check out the east entrance to the canyon and see if it is easier. The camping is great. Encountered many other people on the trail and deep in the canyon. I would do this again when the weather cools off. This would be a great hike 20-30 degrees cooler. Bring a fishing pole. Saw many large trout swimming in the deeper areas.

Great hike! Lots of trees and babbling brooks. Took the grandkids .. they did great!

beautiful trail .nice picture's kinda Rocky but do able.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a two hour hike for our family of 4. We have a 4 year old and a 18 month old. I would not consider this easy, more like moderate. There were small spaces to squeeze through, a lot of foliage, and rock climbing. It was a good workout and made it worth it when we made it to the flume to see the water. On the way back, we went around and were on top of the mountains for a beautiful view.

Strongly recommend to start this trail early morning at Sunrise. Make sure you take lots of water with you and a good healthy energy/protein bar. It takes 5h minimum to finish this trail. Do not take an older dog with you on this trail!!!! do not take your dog in noon or afternoon hours ( too hot!!!!)

This is a beautiful trail with amazing views of the lake. This is a nice trail because there is very few people on the trail.

While the “trail” did display BEAUTIFUL views it was BEYOND a hard rating for me and the group that I was with, and we ARE NOT novices at “hiking”. This was more mountain climbing than hiking to us. The trail was unmarked after a certain point and quite dangerous out a few points in my opinion. Maybe we had gotten “off trail” at one point on the way down but I was seriously praying that I wouldn’t die!!! There was literally nowhere to get my footing or nothing to hold to. It was serious rick climbing!!!

Again the trail was beautiful once we got to the inside of the mountain but it needs to be marked A LOT better and that rating should be extremely difficult. This was a once in a lifetime hike for me. Glad I survived it!!!

Great hike! I had an easy time following the trail and loved the climb at the end. Beautiful views

Great hike. brought my younger siblings 13 and 10, super easy hike. the only "moderate" part was the initial drop down into the canyon and coming back up. overall a fairly flat trail with lots of spots to pop into the water if you get of the trail a little. cool swimming hole about a mile in. Overall a great trip. Glad we went

Absolutely beautiful. We did the 4.8 mile loop that included Over the Hill and Lakeshore (I believe that’s what it was called.) I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there. It was actually more difficult than I thought it would be, a majority of it was fairly easy but the rocky sections can be tricky and steep. I def. recommend boots and not sneakers if you are in in for the longer hike. The bird watching was also great!

Watson Lake offers lots to see and the terrain is very unique. We went in June and it can be warm with very few places to get in the shade. We started out early, like 7:30am so the sun ended up not being an issue, but I was glad to be finishing up around 11. As an FYI we had planned to hike and then kayak, but the rentals are open Fri-Sun, so we were a day early. It all worked out as we did not need to get more sun after the 2.5 hour hike, so it ended up being a blessing in disguise. As noted the trail is beautiful and unique for AZ, but the route finding can be very difficult. We lost the trail several times, but knew that it followed the lake so when we lost the dots on the rocks we kept close to the shore. Also be careful in the mud flat area on the south end. We tried to take a short cut and cross the cracked dirt where it appeared the lake had receded. It might look dry but it is wet and gushy underneath, I sunk a few feet and boots and shins were covered in a sticky slick mud. Thankfully a bathroom was near to rinse out my boats. Entire loop took us about 2.5 hours, but we were probably bush wacking 1/3 of the way. Think this would be a much better fall hike due to the exposure and it does have some difficult parts so might be too much for beginners.

hiking
16 days ago

Just as incredible as I imagined. The false peaks were hilarious - I recommend going in with a mindset of just keep trucking no matter what it looks like in front of you (I counted 4 false peaks). Those little white markers were a godsend - they were consistent all the way up and prevented me from getting off course, which could happen easily. The trail itself was relatively hard due to steepness and being exposed to the sun for the most part. I started 30 min after sunrise and it was getting hot on the way down. Views along the way and at the top are primo. Highly recommend.

My husband (55) and I (39) hiked the loop yesterday morning. We parked in the upper parking lot right by the dells and started our hike to the left. We planned ahead and agreed to do the more difficult portion in the beginning. The white dots are very hard to follow at times and I was glad that we had our gps, which I highly recommend! Make sure to stop at the “waterfall” for some tranquil pictures. After you get out of the dells the hike becomes a lot easier and you can’t loose the path anymore. There are many amazing photo opportunities around every corner and believe me we took some great pictures. We finished the 5.3 mile loop in 2h 29m. Please remember to bring water and have $3.- cash ready when entering the parking lot. Also make sure to wear good shoes! Some areas are very slippery. Overall I would absolutely recommend this hike to anyone that is in good physical shape.

Beautiful views! Highly recommend wearing hiking boots since there is a lot of loose rocks. Highly recommend this trail. Tip: if you want to start at Soldier’s Pass get there early as the parking lot is tiny. Recommend parking at Brins Mesa trailhead.

I hiked this in April. We started early but it was definitely warm. Wear sunscreen! This is a must hike for anyone in the fire service, all Arizonans and anyone wanting to pay their respects. It’s not an easy hike but it’s so worth it. It’s heartbreaking to see how close they were to the ranch. It’s a beautiful memorial. I’m so glad they made this trail. Bring lots of water!

hiking
19 days ago

Great Hike, Would recommend when you visit!

on Soldier Pass Trail

23 days ago

We really enjoyed this hike. Fairly easy with great scenery. Trails are periodically marked and easy to stay in route. there's a sink hole along the way that's cool to see. to do a loop you can connect to a couple other trails that are explained at trail head. Get here early, parking lot gate opens at 8am and only 14 spots. fills fast

This is the best short steep hike ever! I’ve been doing it for years and I’m obsessed.

Great hike with the family. $5 usage fee, honor system. We used our 4th grader's every kid in the park pass. Turned back early due to monsoon storm blowing in. Would like to go back and do the whole trail. Saw several dogs on the trail.

A new favorite trail of mine - spectacular views and several different route options when combined with Cibola Pass and Jordan.

Tricky climb but rewarding at the top.!

Beautiful trail, but very busy even on a weekday.

hiking
30 days ago

Although this hike says moderate it is fairly easy. Fun for the whole family! We had our lunch inside the cave (pick up your trash) which was amazing. Beware the rocks are slippery!

Park ranger in the gift shop is RUDE! do not let him discourage you from this great hike.

good luck.

30 days ago

Although this hike is easy, take plenty of water. Beware rocks are slippery. So beautiful and calm.

Park ranger in the gift shop is rude but dont let him discourage you.

paddle sports
30 days ago

Absolutely beautiful lots of birds and wildlife to see! A breathe of fresh air when your out on the water I would recommended a kayak and lots of sun screen

Seriously, Your poor dog. I've heard of everything now.. wow!

Great views. Must go to sacred pools in the spring.

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