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1/17/19 Are very beautiful and engaging hike with well maintained trails.
Parking- as you drive in on the left is some parking for a dozen cars, continue straight past the stables and large parking area on right.
Fee- $3 per person. This is a conservation park and is very well marked and maintained.
This hike had a little of everything...sun, shade, benches to rest, great views, creek crossings (2x4 bolted together for makeshift path) a little incline effort, a mine, hieroglyphics, 30+ feet tall cactus. This is great hiking trail to take guests from out of town. Enjoyed every bit of it.

the hike was moderate but with boulder climbing on the last part. Plenty of cairns on the way up to follow. The drive to the trailhead was more stressful than the actual hike. Highly recommend an suv... Also do not go through the cattle fence on the way out unless you want to get stuck out there!

hiking
2 days ago

great scenery!

hiking
3 days ago

Very pretty hike near the perimeter of Saguaro Lake. It’s rated as “moderate” but I would definitely consider this an “easy” hike. I went on a Sunday so it was a little on the busy side, but not overly crowded.

hiking
3 days ago

"Lightly travelled"?? Really? Maybe because it was MLK Day, but this trail was packed with people and pets, including a class outing. Constantly having to step aside the narrow trail to let opposing hikers by and vice versa. Would have been some decent scenery if I had time to look at it. When one of the hikers was playing rap music on his phone so everyone could hear, that was it for me, turned around and went home. I would also rate it as easy, not moderate.

Beautiful trail!! Loved it! Took about 2.5 hours

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 days ago

dirt road follows dry river bed, VERY SANDY. Use 4 wheel low and be patient. first half of hiking trail is easy-moderate. half-way to two-thirds is moderate and begins rock. last third is very rocky and climbing. SPECTACULAR valley view. FRESH AIR!! windy day, partially cloudy and natural air conditioning LOL
Stay hydrated, used 2 liters on way up. one and a half liters on way back. quite a challenge and well worth the hardwork :D

hiking
muddy
no shade
6 days ago

First time hiking this loop. Muddy in sections after recent rains. All easily passable. Excellent, beautiful hike. Personally, I would not call this hike primitive or difficult and I am just of average fitness. Trails are VERY used and well defined. We hiked counterclockwise, which climbs faster and gets you up to Elephant Mountain faster, with a nice gradual descent back to the parking lot. Most people seem to go up clockwise and return the same way. Note that the route up to the "summit" is posted "AREA CLOSED" but everyone goes up anyway. 360 degree views are awesome. Also note that this summit is NOT Elephant Mountain, which is the tall mountain peak just to the west. My GPS said 3342' and 7.6 miles from the parking lot. I'd definitely hike this again in the same direction, CCW... easier on the knees.

Pretty neat trail with some amazing views. A lot of bird life going on deep within the trail once you get above the tree line. A few steep ascensions but other than that a simple yet decently long hike. My dog didn’t have too much trouble with those few steep climbs so neither should anyone else.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail! We moved at a decent pace and it took about 2 hours (in and out).

moderate for sure.

on Quartz Peak Trail

9 days ago

I love this hike! I enjoy the drive to it. Steep incline is a definite workout. Go early because one the sun is above the mountain range very limited shade. I didn’t make it to the peak, but if you do wear reliable shoes and a walking stick or trekking poles recommended for balance.

Beautiful lake views with moderate elevation gain. Can’t wait to try this one in the spring when the flowers bloom.

We tried to hike this trail during the New Year Eve snowstorm. Went clockwise and made it to the Hangover trail before turning back. Came back on Jan 11th and completed the loop. I’m glad we turned around the previous hike. I’d consider this hike easy if not for the scrambling needed with a few places on Hangover. Favorite Sedona hike.

bird watching
11 days ago

Butcher Jones trail hugs the perimeter of lovely Saguaro Lake. Steep, rugged slopes and colorful peaks are a gorgeous backdrop to the glistening water. Along with fabulous views we saw a variety of water fowl - loons, buffleheads, ring necks, ruddy ducks, and of course, ridiculous coots. The last mile—a cut across between two arms of the river-lake —we happened on an opening with many active gnatcatchers, bushtit, cactus wrens and black phoebes.

hiking
12 days ago

Real nice hike with super views. Bring your camera! Definitely moderate as the trail is narrow with rocks and lots of ups and downs. Recommend walking sticks. Be sure to arrive at trail with the Tonto Pass. Restrooms available in parking lot.

backpacking
13 days ago

Stellar hike and views! Very muddy, and I caught it on two consecutive days without rain. Microspikes recommended. Could hike in and out as a beastly day trip, and I even saw two people trail running it. Keep your tent zipped at all times to avoid centipede bites!

When I hike i prefer to be completely out in the wilderness. The only reason this hike didn’t score a 5 for me was because a decent amount was spent close to a dirt road where I heard several trucks coming and going, as well as on the back side of the hike the steady hum of the highway down below. This typically would be a deal breaker for me, however I would absolutely go back and do this hike again. Magnificent views, very clearly marked, and as others have said, you really get to see a little bit of everything that Sedona has to offer. 2 days ago there was still a few spots with 4ish inches of snow, however it’s totally doable in standard footwear (I encountered one hiker with poles, winter coat and shoe spikes. He looked me up and down goes “Well. I won’t comment on your footwear, but we are really glad to have this gear”. 10 minutes later I was passed by a trail runner in a T-shirt and Nike’s

on Spur Cross Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike with awesome views. So many cool things to see like old foundations of cabins. Pond with Lilly pads, wildlife, old pool foundation from the 1950s. Good workout and so much fun while crossing the creek multiple times. Depending on how far you choose to go you will even make it into the Tonto National Forest. Be aware there is a $3 per person fee if you park and go to start this trail.

hiking
15 days ago

I would rate this easy vs moderate. Stunning views and lightly trafficked on an early January morning. This trail is not very rocky for the majority of the distance and would make a great spot for trail running. However, on a wet morning, it was extremely muddy and difficult to traverse along with a couple stream crossings. Seemingly good signage; however, somehow still got off trail and ended up quite a distance in the wrong direction?! Several benches to stop and appreciate the scenery. Two parking lots at the park, 3$ entrance fee, and an available port-a-potty.

This was a great trail. Perfectly moderate and a breathtaking view.

hiking
16 days ago

Definitely need a high clearance vehicle, 4x4 is probably best but not absolutely required if you know what your doing. If you have a capable vehicle and are able to actually drive to the trail head you shave several miles off the hike. If not, then the first few miles will be hiking along a dirt road. The trail and trail head are not very well marked. So be prepared to do some looking around to find them.

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Highly recommended. Make sure to check out Burro Cove at the end of the Trail for some beautiful views of the Salt River!

A meditative place. Great views. You exit the world here. I find my focus to be the trail and the views. Spur and Dragonfly are my favorite. Less crowded. Tortuga is not marked so aka primitive. Unless you are tracking distances...

Gorgeous even in January!!! Be prepared for the road to the trailhead. High clearance is definitely the way to go! The road takes a lot longer than what you would think. Wear layers, it was freezing then warm then back to freezing..... expect to get your feet wet too! Super fun and just beautiful hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Went to Spur Cross today, intending to do Elephant Mountain, but didn't make it. Just Spur Cross and Tortuga. Tortuga, of course, is marked Primitive Trail, Use At Your Own Risk, but not too bad. Too cold for rattlesnakes! Easy hike of about 4 1/2 miles, but quite scenic. Even saw a deer! Cave Creek hiking is great

From the Sterling Pass trail...A lot of scrambling on your way up, I hope you are sure footed! Very steep inclines that reward you with stunning views of the hillsides and clear across the creek. Beautiful scenery in any season. Great outlook points. Once you reach the other side it's an easy march to the arch.
If you do the arch trail and go out Sterling Pass, bring your trekking poles!

This is an absolutely gorgeous hike with breathtaking views!! I’m so glad we did it, but that being said, I’m not going to lie...for a 40-
something Midwest mom with an overactive adrenaline response, I was terrified a few times! I had no idea we would be scrambling up a mountain on a hike listed as moderate, but I would definitely do it again, and if my husband and I can do it, you probably can too. We went clockwise and noticed the sign for Hangover at the end indicates it is for expert level hikers and bikers. Glad we didn’t have our kids, and ready for a Bloody Mary afterwards!! Perfect in early January. Took us about 4 1/2 hours.

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