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Not sure why this notes the trail is closed. It was open and had half a dozen hikers out on it. Dog friendly too. Great moderate hike with beautiful aspens and dense forest. The drive back to the trailhead was a bit rough but no four-wheel drive needed.

Went there just for the trees in October. They were nice. Maybe a couple weeks late as the leaves on the floor were getting gross. I just kept hiking up though... and eventually got rewarded with an amazing view of 3 snow capped peaks!!! I was not expecting that. I went almost to the end of Inner Basin but eventually the snow on my puppy concerned me to the point of turning around.

Far- far- far too many people though.

hiking
1 day ago

As good as it gets. Well worth the effort to the top. Strava clocked it at about 10.5 miles. Trail is well marked...it was covered in snow yesterday. Lots of it. Definitely wear sunblock. Drank about 2L of water. Bring salty snacks. Dress in layers... you'll go from cold to hot the entire hike. This hike won't disappoint...I'll be back again soon.

hiking
3 days ago

Wonderful trail the aspen grove is amazing. Only thing is the drive up is a little harrowing. Well worth a few gray hairs getting there.

The road up to the trailhead/camp grounds is a bit bumpy and steep, but in my opinion, I've been on worse (fossil creek). You could get there in a car IN GOOD WEATHER CONDITIONS. The trailhead itself was AMAZING! Everywhere you look you'll get an amazing view especially during the fall season.

Pretty epic climb! My friend and I summited two weeks ago. It took a lot of physical strength and endurance, took us about 6 hours to the top and then another 5 back down at a very leisurely pace. We saw lots of people along the way, no wild life to speak of, amazing views thou once we got out of the forest and up to the saddle. Felt a little light headed at the top from high altitude but it wasn’t bad. Bring a lot of snacks, layers and wear excellent ankle support- the trail especially after saddle is very rocky. My iphone health app said we did 14 miles, climbed 200 stories and did 30,000 steps, holy moly!

Bumpy road up to the trailhead. Beautiful spot. Took us about 3 hours with a 5 year old and multiple stops. Fairly easy walk. Majority of aspens had turned and there was snow on the ground. Beautiful. We went on 10/9.

hiking
4 days ago

• the trail is completely covered with snow (on 10/10). I started the hike at 9am and most of the snow was icy and slippery. When I made it to the ridge, it was difficult to locate the trail (had to watch for trail marker poles). On the way back, from 1 to 2pm, the snow was slushy as it began quickly melting
• the wind at the ridge was no joke, especially the last few hundred feet, forecast says it picked up to around 30mph.
• I completed the hike in around 5hrs, but this one is not a joke and involves stamina and knowing your body limits.

Super easy but nice views from top.

Went 10/6 and the aspens were still greenish yellow. On 10/7 they got snow in Lockett Meadow so who knows what will happen with the leaves.

hiking
8 days ago

My significant other and I don't hike. We also come from a city with an elevation of 350 feet. This was brutal. Gorgeous. But brutal. Started about 0820 and got back at 1610. You're going to see a scenic chair lift in the distance and hear the joy of those riding it. You will have several false summits. You must not cry, save that salt and water. People coming down the mountain will pass you with pure joy on their faces because they can finally breathe. Snacks, water (we had 2 liters and it was plenty), layers, good shoes, and change of socks isn't a bad idea. Just keep pushing. It's doable. Don't let it get you down if you have to stop every 30 feet towards the summits. You'll find new friends doing the same. Go early, don't do it on a cloudy day (it's a great view) treat yourself afterwards.

Great hike! Don't let those false peaks deter you, you'll know once you've made it to the summit. Like many have said, it's well worth the views! Not a novice hikers, still a beginner and I did it with my pack (which might have been overkill - weight-wise). I took my sweet time to avoid injury, brought poles, plenty of water, salty snacks... and took plenty of quick stops along the way. I'm used to cooler (30-40deg f) temps and didn't need all the layers. Instead of a 40l pack, I'd bring a smaller day pack or camel back.

Awesome hike! Incredible views and a leg and lung burner!

loved it!

hiking
12 days ago

A hard, strenuous hike that is definitely worth it. Data on this trail says it’s 4.8 miles one way, but like others on here said, it seems longer. My fitness tracker clocked the entire up and down as 11 miles plus. You must be prepared for this strenuous hike with at least 3 liters of water and plenty of snacks. From the trail head through the forest, up to the saddle is moderate to difficult due to elevation gain, and uneven terrain. From the saddle, over 4 false summits and up to the peak is difficult and strenuous due to even more increased elevation, giant step ups and cold temperatures plus high winds. ( Our group hiked it the last week of September to avoid Summer monsoon storms) Least to say, for the average person, this is not a casual hike. That said, it is well worth the effort and the end payoff is the view and the sense of accomplishment you summited the highest point in Arizona and traversed one of the hardest trails in the state. Go prepared with layered clothing, ( you will put on, then take off, then put on layers again) plenty of water, food, good, sturdy hiking shoes and trekking poles. The right equipment will definitely help you tackle this monster trail and summit.

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Take snacks, layer up, hiking sticks were helpful.

hiking
17 days ago

It was a wonderful but very challenging hike. I would estimate it's closer to 10-11miles long. The elevation can easily tire you out, and you're exposed to a lot of freezing wind and burnimg sun so be prepared. Sunscreen is 100% needed. Start as early as you can! I did 7am and I wish I went earlier. DRESS IN LAYERS! Started at 35° and by the end I was sweating. I thought I packed enough water but I ran out on my way down. Basically do not take this hike lightly, it is a challenge, but it is very worth it. The view was incredible!

hiking
18 days ago

Great out and back. Took a little longer than expected from the saddle to the peak but it was still a good hike with my wife. Make sure you bring plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen. Ran into a few people that were out of water by the time they reached the saddle going up, not too smart on their part. Great views once you get above the tree line.

Aspens were beautiful!!

hiking
23 days ago

Coming from 620’ above sea level, this was a real challenge. Glad we had 1 day in Flagstaff before making the trek. Had to make lots of stops along the way, in total took approx 7hr 4min (including stops). Well worth the hike, beautifully breathtaking. Would do again in a heartbeat!

Lovely Nature Walk!

Did 7km to get ourselves acclimated, will come back and do the full hike next time.

hiking
26 days ago

Hard but definitely doable hike if you pace yourself. Lots of friendly people on the trail. The first time we went in June, it was super windy at the top. The most wind I have ever experienced. But last weekend in September, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. September is the month to go. Beautiful views even though there was a fire near Sedona that clouded up our views for a bit.

It was really great experience!! Love it

hiking
27 days ago

I did this trail, and summited for the 8th or 9th time, a few days ago. Perfect weather day. Trail is in decent shape. Wet roots and rocks at about miles 1.25 to 3.00 make for slick conditions. Strong winds and extreme cold past the saddle; at least the winds kept the black flies away. Warm clothing including neck, head and hand gear will improve your comfort level. Too many dogs off leash for my liking!

hiking
27 days ago

This hike can be as hard as you make it. I’m not in the best hiking shape but I made it to the top. I hiked at a pace that I didn’t get too winded or burn my legs out, in other words very slowly. 5 hours up, 3 hours down. Lots of roots, rocks and people on the trail but everyone was friendly. Enjoy the highest peak in Arizona.

hiking
28 days ago

6 hours from snow bowl to summit and back amazing trail and definitely deserves the Hard category

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike. Clearly not the easiest. Last time I did it, it was almost winter and got lost in the snow. This time around, path was really clear.
It does get hard when almost at the top, due to the lack of oxygen. Next time, i will bring one of those portable oxygen little bottle.
Trail can get crowded, but if you go early in the morning, it is usually good.

surfing
29 days ago

I can’t say I really cared for this trail much. I’ve literally never seen so many people on a trail in my life-ever
The hike itself was ok-nothing great. I don’t think it was difficult or overly strenuous at all. The only difficult thing I found was moving to the side of the trail to let people go by that were coming down as I was going up. I must have moved 100 times. I won’t be going back, this isn’t a trail I would recommend going to.

1 month ago

Did last saturday. i took 4 hours to go up and 3 hours to came down. it's pretty neat trail and had awesome experience.

hiking
1 month ago

good mix of terrain on the trail, uphill and downhill sections, lots of wildflowers and some nice views of the area. spotted a mature red necked thorny lizard basking on a rock, there seems to be lots along the trail but not fully developed into adults. watch out for falling trees!!

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