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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Proud to say at age 72 I made it to the top today my second time after 7 1/2 years when I climbed before. Seems like it was much more difficult this time but then again I am much older. It was a perfect day for hiking, the weather was about 62° and sunny skies. The views from the top are spectacular, take plenty of water and a snack. trekking poles are great in certain areas but most the time you won’t need them, definitely you’ll need gloves for the cables.

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rocky
1 day ago

This trail was a serious challenge, bring snacks, gloves and some tunes (air pods).

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

What a great trail! Tough but absolutely worth it! Gloves are a necessity for the cable portions - and a little upper body strength helps too. But what a fun way to climb! All the way up is beautiful scenery to birds-eye level and a 360 degree view at the top. Amazing!

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike and incredible scenery. First mile is the hardest.

hiking
2 days ago

It’s 2.2 miles from the trail head to the thumb. 4.4 miles total round trip. Great hike. The first 1.5 miles is a steep climb, but a great work out. This area has a very unquie terrain and visual look. A lot of wildflowers out today.

hiking
2 days ago

Sunny, few clouds, Friday 1pm 60°, medium traffic. This trail was not easy for me, had to stop on the way up (which I try not to) but a good one. Heart rate for up to 160 and legs got worked for the first 1.4 up then easier along the top also leg got negative workout on the way down. Had to use my walking stick on this one. Great views and flowers blooming with the desert landscape and big boulders. #newhikefriday #rjpathseakers

I absolutely recommend this trail!! I went today for my first time. It was challenging, I definitely broke a sweat! Not too crowded. Incredible views. The trail was sometimes tough to follow heading up, but I am sure next time won’t be as hard since I know which way to go now.

I will most definitely be back. The top of this mountain was so serene, and again, the views were beautiful. The challenge was so worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike! The first mile is the hardest.

My little beagle loved it and crushed the uphill portions. Carried her downhill because she didn’t want to leave plus the critters during dusk were all out driving her nuts. Went only up to the cable sections about 1.2 miles up. Too difficult with a dog on leash and dogs are not allowed past the saddle.

Gloves with grip and hiking boots/shoes.

Great hike. There are a few spots that definitely require a little patience and safety; otherwise you will be calling an airlift out.
Go on a weekday if possible. Less traffic. There are a lot of spots that only one person can pass at a time.
No dogs past the first guide cables. Don’t be that idiot.

5 stars for what it is: a steep 1 mile climb (21% average grade vs Camelback which is 22%, for reference).
I chose this over the more popular hike because the 1% challenge difference isn't worth the challenge of dealing with throngs of people and limited parking. I saw a handful of people and all were quite friendly, which to me means they're all regular hikers and added to the pleasure of this trail.
You have to park a quarter mile before the trailhead and pass some houses to get to the start. You're never out of view of houses actually, but that's because this trail is in an urban area. Some people lower their rating because of this but... It's in an urban area. Besides, the houses are pretty cool.
You can hear music from one of the restaurants in town all the way to the summit. If you like southern rock and country you'll enjoy it. BTW, there are several biker hangouts in town ... so you will also hear a lot of loud bikes. Definitely not a "backcountry" experience. Haha
Lots of wildflowers, a few coyotes, sharp jagged rocks and 360° views made it a good short workout hike. pics on Instagram @cliknstik

Love this trail! The trail is well maintained, great for all ages and has easy to follow signs. The trail was pretty crowded, we saw two bikers and many people brought their dogs. Make sure to bring water for your pups (and yourself) because there is no water at the trailhead.
The parking lot by the trailhead has ample parking and restroom facilities. The restrooms do not have running water but they do have hand sanitizer. There is no entrance or parking fee.
If you get cold easily, I recommend bringing a hat or ear warmers because the hike is windy towards the top.

If you want a short warmup, park down at Cave Creek Rd. Otherwise if you park in the neighborhood closer to the trailhead proper, the grind begins immediately and doesn't relent until 2/3 to the summit. Lots of sharp rocks & irregular stepping spots, recommend good ankle support. Fantastic view from the summit justifies the burn.

This was a pretty complete hike. Steep going up and down, some scrambling, 3 point touch at times, and of course use of upper body strength with cables assistance....lots of areas with cables. Yes gloves are essential here! nice views for sunrise. Was very fun and challenging. Would say a little more difficult than Camelback echo canyon.

hiking
9 days ago

Agree with others here. Moderate hike labeled hard because of steep gravel cutbacks, but this is not camelback. First 1.4 miles miles to “vulture view,” the most steep then some up and downs til peak. No significant rocks climbs or scrambles. Hiking shoes and poles helpful. Nice views all around.

Aggressive climb and decent but worth it the whole way. The views are impressive to say the least. Well worth the effort.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike! Definitely a good workout but it’s not extremely difficult. Add on an extra mile by heading to The Lookout (follow signs that are close to the thumb). Excellent views and you’re away from the crowds.

great views, really good workout.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike, gets the heart going with the climb. I would call it Moderate, even Easy, not Hard. Not handicapped easy, but active adults should have no problem. Bring your poles.

One of the most best hikes we’ve done so far in Arizona. The rock scrambles and cables make for a fun adventure m. Some cable climbs are very steep and difficult to find your footing, but overall very doable for all ages. The climb up the front half of the mountain is gradual. You circle around the back of the mountain, a small decent and than a climb to the very top. The cables are all on the opposite side of the mountain. We were out and back in 2.5 hours and traveled with a 6 month old on our back. Tight and nerve wracking in some spots but was a lot of fun in the end. At the trailhead stick to the right on hunter trail. At the top of the first mountain circle around towards the left towards the cable decent. Fantastic views and wish more trails were like it :)

hiking
12 days ago

Good, fairly challenging hike with great views. Reminds me of Piestewa Peak but with a more gradual incline rather than stair-stepping. That being said, the trail basically goes straight up the mountain. The trail markers are few and far between, and there are many alternative “paths” one might get lost on if not paying close attention, but most seem to end up in the same place. One star off because of the rich pseudo-cowboys whose houses line the trail and mar the mountain.

First mile tough due to gravel, switchbacks. Had boots but wished I brought poles and a wind shell. Beautiful majestic views no matter how far you venture. Well marked.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. Definitely most difficult the first mile and very manageable after that. I’m a novice and made it to the top!

restrooms, parking, great trail

Because you can't park right at trail start the hike will be longer than 2.2 miles. Sharp rocks and cactus along trail, maybe not great for curious or non-sure footed little kids. First time my child was 5 and he did great, didnt make it to top but loved it. Beautiful views. Dogs allowed.

Great trail

This hike is incredible. Be prepped to use your arms, there are some areas you use both arms and legs to get up. I had never been before and wasn’t expecting it to be what it was. It seemed like longer than 2 miles to the top but it was worth it. About 3 hours roundtrip, bring lots of water... the view is breathtaking.

hiking
19 days ago

Huge parking lot and restrooms at the trailhead. Pack a warm jacket, socks, shoes with grip etc during winter months! It was pretty cold on shaded mountainsides and there was some snow/ice on the trail

great way to start 2019

Great morning hike on New Years Eve. The weather was nice but declined rapidly near the end of the climb. The freezing rain/snow and high winds made it difficult to finish for my young son. Make sure that you wear proper shoes and carry any water you may need.

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