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Absolutely amazing hike. We went slow purposefully to stay 1 nite at each of the 3 campgrounds and soak it all in. The views and stars at nite are exceptional. I recommend hiking it in October as the heat isn't brutal. 23.9 miles starting at north rim and using BA trail to reach the south rim. A must do for all serious backpackers. Highly recommended.

backpacking
19 hours ago

I took this path as an exit after a week of back woods trekking through the wilderness. The trail is well maintained and has places for water (streams and small pools). Weather is cool/slightly warm during the day and cool/cold at night during the peak season. The area is rife with beautiful views, crisp mountain air (whatever you can get at 10,000+ feet) and meadows that seem to exist in another world.

Be prepared for the back woods if you plan to venture into this area, I went with seasoned veterans and realized how under prepared I was for the adventure.

Side note-There are some wind fallen trees that bar some paths to the point of being incapable of traverse. Though these paths may have been cleared by now. No cell phone reception unless you are on top of mount baldy or trail riders wall.

Strenuous but not perilous. There are plenty of flat spots to properly place your feet securely, and those places where you are walking on inclined rocks have clean grippy surfaces which do not lead to an imminent cliff. Similar stair-stepping typical of the Northeast like the AT or White mountains, a well maintained trail. Plenty of white painted hash marks to keep you from veering off. As for middle-aged knees: mine aren’t great anymore but I don’t trust trekking poles on steep descents. I prefer slowing it down and using my hands to keep good balance on surrounding surfaces while extending the foot downward to a secure foot placement. This trail allowed for that and for the confidence that if you slip you won’t go far and slide into an abyss like some of the other trails around Sedona. Another bonus of this trail is the great perspective down into Fay Canyon. We did Fay in the earlier AM then Bear starting midday, round trip for the latter being 4hours 20minutes at a steady pace. A great day!

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike, tremendous views of Sedona as well as a Flagstaff.

What can be said about this trail that hasn't been said a thousand times already?

The Rim to Rim experience through the Grand Canyon was a physically demanding, refreshingly emotional adventure. If you have the means and the ability, there are few greater short-term backpacking experiences to be found in the US.

My friend and I completed the trail in September of 2018 and both came away from the experience exhausted and inspired. From the cliff face trail at the north rim to the lush and vibrant Phantom Ranch, Indian Garden and the village, this trail allows you to see so much in only a handful of miles.

The detour to the Canyon overlook is a must. The short side trail to the waterfall is also a must. Cracking a beer at Phantom is a must and so is their world famous family-style breakfast.

Only one percent of visitors make it down into the canyon itself and an even smaller percentage actually traverse the entire thing by foot. To be among that group is an honor and a welcome addition to my memories of adventuring.

beautiful trail, immerses you right in the middle of the Redwood forest. Lots of roots on the trail, but I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
3 days ago

Absolutely stunning trail...don't miss this one! The forest here was not dense, so the Redwoods clearly are the star. Really stunning. My heart is longing to go back. Like the other reviews, this moderate trail was on the easy side. It shows 875 ft elevation gain but I didn’t really feel it as it was gradual. Stunning!

Fantastic hike. Definitely challenging but not the monster the sign at the start makes it out to be. We finished in 3.5 hours including a solid 40 minute lunch break at the summit. However since it's November, the temperatures were ideal and I can see this being a real grind during the hot season. Bring plenty of water and food no matter the season, sunscreen up because there's not a ton of shade, and be kind to your poor knees and bring your poles for the descent. The parking lot has a vending machine for Red Rock passes now if you're only here a couple days and don't want to spring for the annual, and there's good toilets. ~20 parking spaces with plenty of room for parallel parking on the street if the lot fills up.

The hike itself is a total stunner, and never boring. There are some quite steep, almost scrambly sections that really spice it up, and you traverse 4 or 5 fascinatingly different geologic sections. The trail is well marked with white diamond blazes spray painted on the rock, and they are oriented in the direction the trail leads. This shouldn't present any kind of a route-finding challenge for anyone who's hiked in the desert southwest and knows to look for cairns or other markers when the trail isn't obvious, but for those newer hikers, just make sure you look down from the insane views from time to time. And the views. WOW. Easily a top 3 Sedona hike for views. You not only get an amazing look back at all the amazing and familiar red rock formations of Sedona while you're on the way up, but you get a lovely panorama out south, west, and northwest, giving you a look at several different mountain ranges as well as HS Canyon immediately below you to the west, and Secret Mountain and Mount Humphreys to the north. It also was pleasantly free of crowds. No bottlenecks here. Although today, we did pass a large group who (amazingly) had hiked up to witness their friends be married at the summit. A wedding venue for the ages to be sure.

Well worth the effort and highly recommended.

Loved it! Best one so far, challenging but totally doable.

Hardest trail we’ve done in Sedona by far. Feelin my glutes and hammies today. Best views and super peaceful at the top. Worth every step!

Easy leading up to the rocks. The rocks at the end are awesome to climb on!

6 days ago

We took this trail after Canopy-Lost-Fern Creek trail. This trail passes Cathedral Grove, Bohemian Grove and Founders Grove. This trail is popular for public even children and elderly.

hiking
6 days ago

Short, but the end rock outcrop is amazing to climb on

Some nice views. More people than I expected on this Sunday afternoon considering it is rated as difficult and moderately trafficked. However, I was still able to experience some quiet peacefulness at times.

Nice hike through different terrains. Even got to experience a little autumn. I wouldn't qualify this hike as hard at all. Trail is well kept and easy to follow. Not too many people on a Sunday....saw maybe 10 others on the way down. I'd say around the 2 to 3 mile marker while summiting was the toughest part, which wasn't bad at all. The last 1.5 miles is kinda boring without much elevation gain but the views in the end are worth it....kinda looks like Zion. Trail at some parts is rocky so bring proper footwear. Even saw some wildlife: tarantulas and white tailed deer. If you include the Sedona lookout and Wilson Canyon lookout, it's a little over 12 miles round trip. Parking is super limited, get there early.

Favorite hike in Escalante. River crossing is part of the trek in. Beautiful grotto is a must see!

It’s very steep and very sunny. All around fantastic hike. About 1/3 of the way through we lost the trail and scrambled up a Tallis slope for .2 miles. This is a very bad idea; however, if you do choose this route you will be rewarded with many loose rocks and thorny bushes. At the top of the mountain there is a cliff. I would recommend not falling off of this as there are many thorny bushes at the bottom. On the way down we met a dog named snickers. Allergic to chocolate like most dogs and fully aware of this irony, snickers informed us of some thorny bushes to avoid on the right side of the trail. Thank you snickers.

hiking
10 days ago

A nice long hike that really cranks up the elevation gain right at the end. It was one of the worst marked trails I've been on in a while though. We were never lost really, since you are along the creek the whole way, but many times we weren't sure if we were on the right side of the creek, if we were still on the trail, or how much longer it was to the lake. We saw plenty of other hikers contemplating in the same way. We did ultimately find the lake, which is very nicely situated.

The middle section of the hike through the aspens is just lovely, especially as the fall colors were turning.

An epic journey to celebrate the two year anniversary of my double knee replacement! Two of my kids joined me for this 15 hour adventure which made it even better. I'll definitely do it again, preferrably earlier or later in the season. September is still pretty warm at PR (96F), and broken water lines on the NK added an extra challenge. Best 'audible' we called was to spend more time than planned at Phantom Ranch. Leaving there to head up at 3:00 pm provided welcome shade on the Bright Angel trail. A fabulous inner canyon sunset, mule deer feeding on the trail, and the last 4 miles under the stars were ample rewards for a long day's walk.

Just returned from visiting one of most photographed canyon
It should be on Bucket list of every body

Amazing! Would do it again and highly recommend it to anyone. Easy hike/walk for all.

This was by far the most beautiful place I've been. Me and my husband only had an 2 hours to spend but during that time we jumped from boulder to boulder over the river.

Amazing trail. Has some difficulty since most of the way back is uphill. Very beautiful scenery including waterfalls and the Animas River.

hiking
17 days ago

This was my first time up the trail, and let me just say, the views are absolutely breathtaking. There were other hikers but it wasn’t over-trafficked which awesome because it led to some great conversations on the trail.

Make sure you bring an abundance of water since it is a fairly grueling hike. There are plenty of opportunities to catch your breath, rehydrate and take in some scenery.

I highly recommend this hike!

Although this area doesn’t have a specific feature like the ‘Wave’ it just may be an overall higher scenic destination. The Butte formations are extensive and the area to explore would take days to see it all, if that is even possible. The area had a lot of weather the week we went and the water features reflecting the spires were amazing. We met a guide who was in the area with another couple and he said he hadn’t seen that amount of water in the area for a number of years. The water did make the roads in challenging to maneuver around. The other great thing about this area is that the lottery is held each day after the ‘Wave’ lottery but has a minimal amount of folks staying for it which gives those who stay a much greater chance of picking up a permit. I highly recommend hiking this area.

Hiked 10/26. Only one there up and back. 27 degrees at TH. Snow last mile plus, up to 8-12 inches in some places but passable.

Disclaimer: The trail does not begin where it says it does on the All Trails app, so be sure to take the road that says trail information for the White House Trailhead, and you can follow that all the way back to the White House Campground where the trail ACTUALLY begins.

Once you arrive at the White House Campground you can follow the trail down to the river. It might be easiest just to go directly down to the river and follow that through the canyon rather than try and follow the trail as it shown on the app, as we got somewhat off-track before connecting with the river ourselves.

We did this trek on 10/15 around midday and went as far as we could into the canyon before having to turn around and head back so that we could catch sunset at the Wahweap Overlook (highly recommended).

We didn't see a single other human on the trail, which made this a perfect day out in the wilderness. We attempted to go as far as we could with our hiking boots before having to revert to sandals, but after a small spill into the water, it was time to put them on.

This is a truly incredibly hike that I would love to snag a permit for next go-around so that we could camp overnight and make it all the way through to the end of the trail.

Water levels were decently low, and we didn't cross a single spot that went above our knees. It was also pretty muddy in some areas, but not too bad overall.

Can't wait to return to do the entire thing!

hiking
21 days ago

If you are camping, just do that as an extra for sunset in the evening.

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