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climbing the chute is not for everyone. take gloves. go slow. 3 points of contact at the sketchy parts. at 2 spots I basically had to do a pullup and was thinking how the hell am I gonna get down! when you go under the tree at what you think is the top, make a hard left to proceed up the last part. I left a beer at the top in the container. perfect fit! someone else brought the container and notepad. dont drink it, it gets windy and needs the weight! share your photos!

Went on a solo hike and it was great. Perfect level of difficulty for me. Took me 2 hours but I stopped a lot to soak in the views. Be prepared for lots of steps, but it’s worth it! The trip down will take probably 1/4 as long as the trip up.

this app isn’t working for me..it keeps flipping to the pro version which i don’t want

Lots of steps :) Worth the trip.

9 days ago

The drive to the trail head was just as exciting as the trail. I took a couple of wrong turns but eventually found the way. The drive also gave me a scare when I began driving in pure sand. My Mazda CX-5 AWD actually handled the terrain far better than I expected. As for the hike it was a good challenge for my friends and myself. We may have complained the whole way up but the view was amazing with all of the Quartz. When you start to get close to the top just keep looking for the stacks of rocks to lead you the rest of the way. The last bit does involve a little rock climbing to get on top of the Quartz. As we were in the way down the sun was setting to we had a fantastic view of the sun behind the mountains in the distance. I would not recommend waiting that late to come off the mountain because we ended up having to finish the hike by flashlight and that also made the drive out far more complicated to follow.

Overall a good hike but I do not care to do it again.

Hiked on October 6, 2018.

Very nice hike up and fun run down! It’s better to have a high clearance vehicle for the dirt road but there were sedans and compact cars at the trailhead too. I can imagine that it could be treacherous toward the top during inclement weather.
There was a spot near the top where a group of us were clambering up a steep area , it seemed like doing a hanging pull-up was the only way to do it. We tried to help a hiker make a scary jump down from there... only to realize that some other hikers had found a simple walk around that area.

Decent hike, not the best in the valley. Very popular mountain so if you don’t like crowds I’d stay away from this one.

Beautiful Sunrise if you get up there early.

Tapped out at the wall about 100’ from the summit and decided to live to tell the tale. Ah well, still an awesome hike and I’m sure that I’ll make it the next time.
Go slow and be safe...and yes, the dirt road is pretty bad. It’s a long drive from Mesa to Roosevelt Lake, but it’s worth it to drive less on the dirt road in my opinion.
I’ll be back!

READ BEFORE YOU GO! The road leading to the trail should only be done with 4 Wheel Drive

I took my AWD suv on the south side leading north to the trail. The road is not traversable with 2WD. Lots of places to get stuck in as happened to me. I had to call 911 to get someone out to rescue me and had get my car towed out.

The Google map leads you through very sketchy, sandy washes at least if you are coming through the Maricopa/Mobile airport way.

I’m a pretty adventurous person and I would have strongly loved it if someone wrote a review saying how sandy it was and is not suitable for AWD/2WD.

Another thing you must remember is that this is literally in the middle of nowhere and if you get stuck- be prepared to be waiting for help for a good hour.

Unfortunately, I was not able to hike the trail so this review is purely about the road leading to it.

Major lesson learned for me.

I love this trail! It’s steep and tough, and there are several areas with steps/stairs. But, the payoff upon reaching the summit is so worth it! Great views! And, usually a nice breeze at the top. I love it because it’s an excellent cardio and leg workout, but it’s not too long so it’s definitely doable. I’ve always gone very early - no later than 5:45am. Amazingly, there are usually more people coming down at that time than there are going up! I’ve heard this is a super-popular night hike. And I believe it! Overall: Nice people; Excellent workout; Great views. Can’t wait to do it again!

Great workout and fantastic views. I prefer this trail over Camelback.

Great hike...the climb is not easy but it’s worth it...I stopped once for a snake :) and twice to catch my breath!!! Beautiful 360 degree view at the top!!!

Great workout. I prefer this to Camelback. The difference may be the 300' vertical elevation difference :-)

I like the views and people sharing the trail seem to be pretty friendly. Great fun for an after work hike.

Great trail. Lots of vertical. Saw lots of wildlife.

I’ve never enjoyed doing something as dangerous as the level three scrambling you must get through to make way to the summit of Brown’s. The trail to the saddle was moderate and just slightly over 2 miles. The scramble after the saddle makes this a difficult trail 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!

Very pretty trail. I recommend NOT bringing your dog though. Tons of cholla/jumping cactus on part of it, two of my dogs got severely pricked and we had to turn back. Went back with my friend and did the whole trail later...minus the pups! FYI: they were on leashes, the cacti were even on the trail.

Very tough but good feeling afterwards!

It was basically straight up to the peak. It's a tough trail especially if you are used to some flat spots. Otherwise, I enjoyed it! Probably a mistake to hike it at 100 degrees in the middle of the day.

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

1 month ago

I decided to try out this trail since it appears on a trail race in the Spring. Late August early morning hike. The initial climb had me hiking vs jogging. Once you get to marker 2 (going counterclockwise) I could have jogged it but decided to enjoy the new area. Overall a great hike. Can't believe I've lived in the area for 16 years and this was my first time hiking. Should have started getting in shape years ago now seeing what I read missing...

I call this trail the stair stepper..my absolute favorite. go to the tip top!

rock climbing
1 month ago

I did this March 7th 2017. This is a awesome trip with 2 miles of easy trail followed by a very steep path to the saddle, about 800’ of gain in 0.6 miles.

At the saddle their are great views. I started mountaineering at age 20 and the gulley up to the summit has some risks. There are a few very steep short steps up slabs with very little holds. It’s friction climbing and there is exposure that there is enough air below you, that a fall could be fatal.

I would rate the 240’ gulley as class 2 with a few short exposed sections that are class 5.2. There is a great view from the summit and this is a peak i will be doing every year.

If your not comfortable on steep terrain please stop at the saddle. Another issue to be aware of is the gully is perfect for rattlesnakes, where there are crevices and brush. Also i expect in a matter of time a fall down the slabs. Because of this risk it’s best not to be directly below strangers in the gully.

Also they can dislodge rocks that can cause you significant injuries, because of the speed along with their weight. Wait until the gully is clear before ascending it.

I may sound like a overly cautious person, however this is because of four decades of climbing, i have responded to lots of accidents, when i was in mountain rescue.

To summarize, Vulture Peak offers a lot, and will be a yearly trip for me.


My first official hike. My goodness, it’s was difficult but determined to make it to the top, plugged along. Great views from the top and along the way too. Very jagged rocks to climb from bottom to top. Almost slipped twice which could have been very bad indeed. One large bottle of water was sufficient for me but would encourage more. Gotta have good knees to make it down safely too.


Hard! Imagine being on the stair master on high incline for 60 min.
Amazing views. Very busy tho so get there early. Big accomplishment! Will def do it again

love it.

1 month ago

My husband and I went yesterday (aug 19th) and loved it! Even the drive in with the cattle is fun. I'd say it starts out easy for about a mile then gets to a moderate/hard level. We turned back after a really great look out point at a little over 2.5 miles because we only had half our water left. We'll definitely go back when we're more prepared! It was rocky and sandy, the views were great, the terrain change was really interesting and the switchbacks provided some much needed shade. (It was 95 degrees out even though it was only 80ish in Payson) We even saw a doe across the valley which was awesome. We only saw two other people in the three hours we were on the trail, which was actually pretty nice! I highly recommend this trail!

Went on a Sunday around 6am and it was quite busy. As a person who enjoys hiking for the relative solitude, that diminished my enjoyment a little. The hike itself was good - well-marked, short but uphill on rocks, and a wonderful 360 degree view at the top.

Incredible hike with great views throughout. A little crowded but worth it

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