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hiking
1 day ago

This is a great beginner hike to get in shape.

Nice nature walk if you have young children.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike that leads you on two adventures. Go up to the top and then hike down to the river. Parking is in the middle. Lovely day!

hiking
2 days ago

Unbelievable views, and challenging terrain. This hike had many other hikers on the trail. I clocked 5.1 miles in 2 1/2 hours. The Summit sign was just changed (new) earlier today. It was kind of a bummer I couldn’t locate the USGS medallion. The last 2 miles are the most challenging due to the lose rock, false summits (3 of them) and the thin air. Over all a great challenging hike.

Overall really fun hike. Not too hard. There’s a lot of sun exposure for the first couple of miles so make sure to bring lots of water! The water features are worth the hike!

Exposed with little shade. Swimming in creek was the best part!

walking
4 days ago

I wouldn't call this a hike, more of a nature walk. Really nice for families with young kids or small/old dogs that can't do anything too strenuous, or if you want something quick after work without having to drive out of town. This does get super crowded on the weekends, so keep that in mind.

The trail itself to me was boring. And with the noise pollution of other park goers with kids, it's easy to be detracted. BUT, the horses. (sigh) And sometimes horses in the river playing around. There's just something about the horses that brings me back to this trail almost quarterly. Every time I go, I sit for a solid 30-60 minutes watching them. I typically always bring out-of-towners here if we have time, because the horses are so special and it's not a trail you need hiking or trail shoes for.
If you're not into wild horses, look for a trail elsewhere.
The horses are (unfortunately) people-friendly because idiots feed them. Last year, sadly, someone shot two of them. My point is that these horses are trusting and will come close to you. So please don't give them reason to fear by acting loudly around them; be respectful that you're in their habitat as only a visitor. And, PICK UP YOUR TRASH, this includes orange rinds and apple cores. Do not feed the horses!!
The parking lot is quite large, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a spot.

Whether you like this trail depends on what you prefer. If you don't want to see a lot of people and prefer a more challenging hike nearby, review trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. It's not paved and a lot of people like biking here. But I like this trail because I have so many sentimental memories around this loop and in this park. Because it is easy to walk and easy to find and at a central location in the East Valley, I visit this trail annually. Bonus is the amphitheatre located on the north end of Big Butte Loop. I sometimes bring a yoga mat to this and practice on the pavement for a little while.

Classic Arizona hike that all should do at least once. Well marked, great valley views and a good workout. We completed in less than 2 hours and that’s including breaks to admire the view. Go in the morning, when at least part of the trails are still in some morning shade.

hiking
5 days ago

How can hikes be better than this? Hard to fathom.

We 'trained' for Humphrey's for a couple of months, knowing that it would be the highest elevation we'd ever climbed, and gave ourselves (staying in Flagstaff) 3 days to acclimate. It's doable if you are in decent shape, bring plenty of water and a snack for the top, and have some patience with all of the other foot traffic. We picked the most gorgeous day - not a cloud in the sky and rain chances (during monsoon season), 0%. Apparently everyone else chose the same Saturday, and with good reason. Our group of 7 was up in 3, down in 3 for a total of 6 hours (left the parking lot at 6:45 am). The trail is really unforgiving in places - lots of rocks, roots and other low-lying obstacles to give your knees and ankles an insane workout. Trekking poles help, but aren't required.

No reason to restate what has been posted. Just put this on your bucket list and check it off. (Sorry to hear Ron's tale, below!)

While we would have liked to take a pic at the summit sign to show our 12,633-foot, 3,300 vertical odyssey was legit, it was vandalized (or whipped off its post from recent monsoons). Regardless, I'll never forget this epic hike!

Very beautiful. Highly suggest going early during tourist season because it is such a busy trail. Climbing required in a couple of spots to get to the very top, but the view from even half way is incredible. Sedona is nothing like you've ever seen before!

hiking
7 days ago

great view, make sure to go to the left on the end of trail sign, can go up in between the rocks

Well i have climbed Mt Rainer 7 times from all sides and 40 years worth of mountaineering on techinical climbing rock, ice & snow. Take this mountain with a trail to the summit. I tried last year at age 65 and only got to 10,300’. A trail runner fell and broke his ankle. I splinted it and took him down, no one would help. This year age 66 been training on the treadmill for 3 months at 5 times per week with a 30 pound pack and 5 pound ankle weights. I go at 2.5 mph at 15% for 80 minutes. I go today leaving at 02:00 wanted to see a sunrise from high up. Made it to 10,064’ and had to descend. Why, well first a bear 20’ from me off to the side. Then two bears on the trail i made noise and it didn’t phase them so then i go off trail to get around them and they start pacing me. The only way i could go was down. This mountain is turning into a pain, lol.

hiking
9 days ago

Great weather today! I have experienced all sorts of weather at the top. Always be prepared for a storm.
Not sure about AllTrails mileage for this hike, by distance calculated in at 10.5 miles.
Sturdy ankles are a must for this hike. Lots of trippers and rollers (roots, rocks, unstable terrain).

9 days ago

Think of a nice steady uphill climb through the beautiful pine trees, and then at mile 4 you begin hiking Piestewa peak (but it's at 11,000+) feet. So the hard thing is that the hard part really does come at the end. And it's for about a mile. With no trees. But the views from the top are wonderful. And you're at the highest part of AZ. So it's 5 stars.
There really are three false summits. We used 2-3 liters of water each. 10.5 miles round trip took us 7 hours. Nice people on the trail.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful! I was freezing at the top, bring warm clothes. Can’t wait to do it again

hiking
9 days ago

A beautiful and amazing hike! We started at 5:40am and got to the top in 3 hours, took 2 few minute breaks and took our time for the last mile up. Coming down took almost as long as going up because of so many people coming up at that time, the path is a little narrow and we pulled over to give people going up the right of way.

hiking
9 days ago

Very Short, very heavily tracked, but absolutely beautiful!

A lot of false Summits but beautiful scenery amazing view from the peak

hiking
10 days ago

Great views! Nicely groomed trail. Saw lots of lizards.

Good hike! Only saw one other person on the trail the whole time. On the way back I came back on the Carroll Canyon trail instead of the Old Post trail. Different views and you end up at the same trailhead.

Loved hiking this beautiful trail

Awesome

hiking
13 days ago

awesome hike, temp in flagstaff was 82, you do NOT need a jacket for this hike during good weather, 4 liters of water is more than enough for round trip.lots of bugs at the summit. don't know why

hiking
15 days ago

A beautiful hike similar to many high altitude hikes in Colorado. You can always count on an early afternoon summer storm so hit the trail by 7 am if you are in good shape, 5:30 if you are a first timer in pretty good shape. Being above that tree line when a storm rolls in will be scary, cold and potentially deadly. Bring a poncho, you will need it more than likely. And if you finish this hike and feel pretty good, it's time to plan your Rim to Rim hike at the Grand Canyon, the best hike in Arizona hands down.

hiking
16 days ago

Important ....Drink lots of beer.....after completing this tough hike as a reward. This was the highest peak for me to date. I'm 52 years old and it took me over 7hrs. There was snow/hail on the mountain...I got pelted with hail ...rain...and lightning storms began just before noon. Trailhead temp in the morning was 55. Lots of shade at the start...false summits will drive you crazy. Get good socks and hiking boots and hiking stick...saw people with tennis shoes on trail. I carried 5 liters of gatorade..but only drank 2...it wasn't hot due the rain. I had a cheap poncho.

16 days ago

Beautiful trail. Tough the entire way up. I'd say it took our group about 5-6h to complete, including about an hour break at the peak. Definitely make sure you take breaks as the air gets very thin above the tree line.

hiking
17 days ago

The hike is spectacular the elevation did get to me 5 times even though I have lived in Flagstaff for 3 years. This hike should be on your bucket list if in Arizona. Follow the poles and don’t go off trail looking for the airplane

I questioned my sanity on this one as it was my first ever altitude hike, but I completed it and oh so proudly. The views and vistas were breathtaking during the entire duration of the hike. The combination of elevation gain and high altitude make this strenuous and difficult. This coming from someone with some fitness. 9.2 miles is not accurate for the RT. My iwatch tracked the RT to be 12 miles plus some.

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