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hiking
4 days ago

There are nice views along the trail and at the end, where you'll find the petroglyphs. The petroglyphs aren't subtle, either, so you'll have no problem finding them. :)
I wouldn't recommend hiking this trail if you don't have proper hiking or trail shoes. You do need the grip here and there.
There is a nice sized parking lot, too, so unless you're hiking this in peak season on a weekend, you'll find a spot.
If you go during monsoon season, be mindful of a flash flood risk. At the end, where you'll find the petroglyphs are pools and a waterfall. Don't get caught in there if it's raining. The rocks would be too slippery to confidently be safe.

We went early morning in July, I mean 6 a.m.. the beginning of the tail is in direct sun light. once you get to larger rocks, it's more shaded as the sun hasn't come over the ridge yet. BEAUTIFUL. lovely views. we only went half way (per the trail on the map here)

Nice trail, some rocky parts. Beautiful views.

It was more than moderate.... I thought it was a tough hike.

Great family hike. Interesting petroglyphs.

hiking
23 days ago

Did this hike with my son who isn't as enthusiastic about hiking in 110 heat as I am. We chose this hike for the moderate elevation gain and distance. The views are ok and the trail is well marked. The highlight are the hieroglyphics at the end. As many of the other reviewers have said, the bees in the pool below make hanging out by the hieroglyphs problematic.

nice, go after a rain, hundreds of petroglyphs

backpacking
29 days ago

Amazing views, tons of wildlife. Due to permits being required, not too many other hikers on the trail. This is as good as it gets in southern Arizona. I saw a giant desert centipede, black bear, and bats. I recommend doing this hike in early spring or late fall when the weather is cooler. It was a bit hot and monsoons threaten flash floods so it was a little sketchy. Overall a great destination that does not disappoint.

Fun drive to get to the trail. Really remote. Fun in the water!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! We were lucky enough to see a lot of wildlife. Deer, turkey, javelina, a gila monster, rattlesnakes, a family of coatimundi, a bobcat and fireflies along the creek when it got dark. The scenery is constant and beautiful! Give yourself enough time to explore the side canyons. They are often steep and hard to climb but the unique views and pools are worth the effort. We did this in July and it was hot despite being in the cool water most of the hike. There were mosquitoes and biting flies out in force so bug spray or a tent/netting is highly recommended.

Steep at times and the heat can make it that much more challenging. Bring plenty of water, take breaks, and be ready to be in the sun the entire time. Levels off after a while and the hike is easier. Headed towards the falls, but they had dried up. Some great views on the way back down.

Great lollipop trail. We went clockwise one the loop. Climb was difficult and decent was steep. Great views, nice change of scenery, cool breeze.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice out and back. Good variety of desert plant life at the beginning of the hike and the petroglyphs at the end are pretty cool. However at the petroglyphs at the top where the "waterfall" would be was just a wet pit infested with bees and wasps that made enjoying the glyphs difficult. It was 94 and I used about 1.5L of water and took about an hour and a half.

After it rains, the waterfall is worth seeing.

I’m sure it’s a great trail, but you cannot make it to the trailhead without a high clearance vehicle. High clearance + 4x4 would be ideal. This should be included in the description.

on Aravaipa Canyon Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely unreal and unique experience. Somewhat of a mix between Sabino Canyon of Tucson and West Fork Creek of Sedona, AZ. Outstanding backpacking opportunity. Mostly shaded and perennial stream that you walk through maybe half the time ensure its bearable even in June. Speaking of bears, yes, I did see one large reddish-colored bear. Ranger had warned me that bear activity reports were twice last year due to drought conditions in the area. Also saw lots of coatis, deer, birds, and a skunk. Outstanding campsites every mile or so.

No shade along trail. awesome petroglyphs at the end and a little cave to explore. bring lots of water to drink due to lack of shade.

One of my favorites in the Tucson area. June 1 and other than meeting two early birds on the way down, had the trail to ourselves. Started at around 9am ...97 degrees. Lots of “stairs” and this is a leg workout. Logged 6 Miles in a little under three hours.

No water at falls this time of year. Great hike though! I need to do this in the wet season.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike this morning, no bees just a bunch of dog poop along the way. I would recommend going early in the morning! Shade from the mountain helps :)

There’s only a waterfall right after a monsoon, to the comment down below.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike- not difficult but a good workout heading up the trail. Some nice views of green Valley.

hiking
2 months ago

No waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a pretty Trail. The only downside was there were tons and tons of bees by the purple trees but we didn’t get stung lol we just ran right underneath each one. We also went right before sunset so not sure if it’s the time of day we chose to go because there were lots of nats also. The hieroglyphics at the end of the trail were cool and we did a little climbing up the stream since it was dry. It was totally worth it though to watch the sunset from up there!! Amazing amazing amazing view! Was a little nervous walking back in the dark but saw some deer, nothing scary haha.Definitely want to check out lost gold mine trail also which starts at the same trailhead. The backstory behind that was interesting.

hiking
3 months ago

It's pretty busy with lots of hikers off all ages and capacities. It's also a bit of a rocky path so with lots of folks there, you may have to take the rockier side of the path.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a beautiful, easy jaunt through the desert with lots of great views and very mild elevation gain. There's plenty of parking and the trail is well-marked the whole way. The petroglyphs at the end were really cool to see, as well!

This hike was great. The views were amazing! The petroglyphs on the rocks were very interesting. No water falls this time!

Want to go back with more than a trickled of water

Little water from falls but would be 5star when water is running in creek and falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike with kids. Was not crowded and nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike on a Weekday morning. Only saw a handful of people the entire time. First half of the trail isn't anything special, but the second half makes up for it. Great easy/moderate hike. Spend some time at the top, the longer you look the more petroglyphs you see.

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