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Used to be great. Ridiculous crowds and parking have really destroyed this trail

hiking
5 hours ago

I am so thankful for this resource! We are new to hiking, and I also never post reviews. But I have to post this. It took us 3 tries to get this trail right. BEAUTIFUL. But we kept getting lost, granted it was dark and before sunrise, but still. So after driving about 1/4 mile from the road, you will come to the trailhead and a bathroom. Head down the trail, then go 50 yards, and you will see the gate on the left to enter. Head that way, and you will eventually find the next entrance, where you can sign in a second time. From there, it is about 45 minutes to the saddle. We tried to climb to the peak on the fourth and last attempt, but discovered a very large beehive in the rocks almost to the top. We did not want to risk this, as we were not prepared. We went when it was not hot, so heat was not an issue and had plenty of water. This is a fairly difficult hike because the hike to the top is rock climbing. I have found I am pretty good at climbing up, but feel nervous climbing down. Thank you to the previous reviewer that mentioned that someone had taken down a sign, because walking on the ATV trail is not fun, and you start to feel lost because there are several parallel "washes." Thankful for this trail. Absolutely beautiful! Oh, and I agree. Do not take your dogs or plan on not hiking too high. The jumping cactuses sometimes have a few spots where it could get stuck in their paws.

Good trail , very rocky In some spots

The trail was very well maintained, plenty of people and the summit was perfect for this clear day. The view alone was worth the hike!

A natural place to hike, you can be a beginner like me or an experienced hiker like the rest of the world I seem to be running around with theses days ! Yet, all can enjoy this trail. I stop half way up & then take in the surroundings. & head back. I’ve got a good 2 miles in for the day and I am pleased Tina Hillstrom

One of our favorites. Never boring and the views are amazing no matter where you are on the hike. Tough scrambles in spots which is why it’s marked hard. Could be a challenging descent for kids less than ~10.

A bit crowded with tourists, but semi-challenging at parts. Beautiful views.

The long, flat road gets a bit monotonous, but otherwise fun hike, especially the final third.

What a fun hike. Definitely difficult but the views were worth the effort. Short, steep, scramble toward the top.

hiking
1 day ago

If you enjoy hiking for peace and quiet, this is not the hike for you. Very crowded on a Saturday at late morning. The bridge itself is stunning but there’s a lineup of people waiting for photos. Tip: avoid walking the whole way on the dusty road to the trailhead by taking the short trail that leads from back of the parking lot by the bathrooms (just follow the signs) — you’ll end up on the road eventually but it’s a much nicer walk via the trail.

Awesome hike with great views of Phoenix!

So far the most scariest hikes I've done. My best friend and I are scared of heights, so to be able to accomplish this hike for the first time all the way to the top in an 1hr8mins.; was the best feeling ever!

hiking
1 day ago

I love this hike but the road going in makes me nervous. I don't trust drivers and have seen too many bad accidents so be careful driving in and watch traffic ahead. I know that sounds easy but you have no idea what I've heard in my lifetime. Anyway. the hike is beautiful throughout. The rocks are beautiful, well marked and maintained trails. Towards the end of the hike, some of the markers fell down and I tried to fix them but didn't have the manpower or equipment. My fitbit showed that the trail was less than 4.50 miles. The first 1.20 miles are all uphill. That's the tough part. Just take your time. The rest of the way is pretty much switchbacks and up and down. I think this trail should be marked hard. Anyway, going down is fine if you watch where you step. Step on the dirt, not the small rocks. It took me 2 hours and that includes taking pictures and talking to strangers and helping the find a different trail.

Great views. Beginning is a little boring but well worth the trip.

Couple things before I launch into the review:
1. To the people wanting to take their Honda Civic because a previous reviewer said it would be fine. It is mostly fine if you're driving 4mph over the rocks. But you should opt for a larger vehicle if you don't have the patience.
2. To "Nikki" and those giving this trail a one star because you saw a bear. If you don't want to see animals, DON'T GO INTO THE WILDERNESS. Complaining about seeing a bear in its NATURAL HABITAT is like a bear complaining because it went into your house and saw you on your couch. If you're scared of animals or are ill-equipped if you meet one, you seriously shouldn't be in a forest full of wild animals. Ridiculous.

Now.. this trail was AMAZING. Did it in mid-November, and the fallen leaves were beautiful. There are 6 streams to cross, and it's fun figuring out which rocks are loose and might kill you. Fairly easy trail overall, but seriously breathtaking. Trail can get lost at times, but hikers have done a great job of marking trails that are hard to locate.

great views!!! A lot of uphill, but had plenty of places to rest and take scenic pics.

easy hike, only thing to rate it as moderately is its length.

scenic driving
2 days ago

Short hike to amazing views, we spent a couple hours here enjoying the scenery. Horseshoe Bend is a must see, but pretty busy spot.

Fun hike and great views, Devils Bridge is a must see

trail running
2 days ago

Trail shouldn’t be ranked as hard. Beautiful scenery!

Nice hike, and a pretty decent workout for how short it is. Some pretty views and some fun steep sections.
A bit crowded on a Saturday morning and the parking situation was a mess. $5 fee to park and too confusing to figure out if a National Park covers it based on the signs, so I just paid.

Get there before 8 to have a relaxing hike up. If you get there late you may be sharing the trail with a lot kids, screaming tourists, dogs, and many other inconsiderate people that come with popular hikes. Fun little morning scramble though and the views are well worth it.

Picacho Pek, nice hike, should use leather gloves for cables. Non technical but helps to have little upper body strength for the cables. Did 47 minutes truck to top and 33 top to truck, Be sure to bring water. Well worth the effort

hiking
3 days ago

Exciting hike that’s not too long and offers some great scrambles and climbing opportunities. The view of the river is nice too. There are a few tricky spots and it gets muddy at times, so not for everyone, but a lot of fun if you’re up for it.

hiking
4 days ago

Not too long and very do-able! It was quite steep and tested your nerves right near the top where the bridge is, lots of steep steps.

I went with a group of 20-32 yr olds The young adults were my children’s age so you can do the math . Thank goodness I have been training in yoga and Pilates . This hike was challenging . Uneven stepping along the entire trail with the last 30 min , a constant climb up . I feel this trail was more than just moderate . We had a blast ! My group expressed how scared they were at the end when we got back to the van . I thought everyone was cool while hiking so ,I was also . The less you know the better . . I did get a photo of me out on devils bridge . Some of our group did also but not all. But they finished the hike and were thrilled in the end . SUCCESS!!

Being a novice type of hiker, Picacho Peak on the Hunter Trail was difficult but very satisfying when we completed it in 3.5 hours. Spent about 25 minutes on top taking pics and enjoying the view. The two of us also had around 3 or 4 small breaks while doing this trail to take more photos and catch our breathe. Well worth it and will do it again in the future.

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