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A moderately tough climb due to Elevation, loose rocks and gravel. Well worth the effort as you reach the summit the views are fantastic.

Great hike. Lucky that it was a cloudy day. Good elevation gain, and enough switchbacks to keep the hike interesting.
Few people on the hike, so was peaceful. Look out for lizards.

Beautiful, clean hike. Definitely get your permit before you go.

My 2nd time hiking and this is the trail my sister picks. I thought I was going to die. Had no idea the difficulty level until it was too late to turn back. I’d definitely do it again... but only when I’m in tip top shape.

Very nice hike with great views in my opinion. The jagged rocky terrain make for a challenging hike. I would say it is similar to Piestewa. There were swarms of flying bugs near the top area with the flag so we weren't able to see the flag much. Very disappointing.

Pretty secluded trail, the creek barely had water but some rain will lush it right back up. Didn’t make it to the end due to arriving late but definitely a nice hike with lots of greenery to see

I would rate the hike, itself, as easy. most of the way was relatively flat until you get to the end and even that wasn't really hard. The sad part (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) was that there was no waterfall at the end. As my companions joked, it was a waterFELL. Still, it was a lovely hike with pretty views of the surrounding mountains and lots of different cacti to look at along the way.

hiking
24 days ago

Gorgeous trail! Somewhat challenging in spots for me (54 year old semi fit), but not for my 25 year old daughter. Took about 3.5 hours, and we brought several gallons of water as it was about 104 degrees today. Views are amazing!

hiking
25 days ago

We loved this hike! It’s so beautiful. We started early to beat the heat.

BE WARNED: THIS DOES NOT DIRECT TO EASY ROAD. If you click 'directions' above, it will route you to the Dugas Road exit off of the I-17. This is the road that will take you to the ranch/hotel side of the Verde River. it is extremely rocky and not advised for anyone in a regular vehicle. if you are looking to rock crawl, this is the road for you. In my lifted Jeep it was awesome, but if not, take the route that leads you to Child Power Rd. it is way safer and the river crossing is easy most months of the year. I actually saw an old car crashed down the ravene that clearly should not have been on this road.
TLDR:
Looking for intense 4x4? Take Dugas Rd to 68G
Looking for friendly dirt road? Take FR260 to Child Power Rd.

surfing
1 month ago

Good hike, did in and out in one day. It was somewhat challenging but nothing too strenuous. I’ve now done this as a day hike 5 times, I guess the reason I keep going back is that I rarely see anyone there. I don’t recommend this for anyone who is not physically fit, the sign at the beginning of the trailhead May sound ominous but it’s there for a reason, make sure you pay attention to it. If you don’t possess the physical ability then this isn’t the right trail for you. BTW- I’m not sure where the 16 mile description comes from but this is closer to 20 miles round trip.

This was a great Sunday morning trail! Not too hard but it provided a good workout. The view at Dobbins lookout is beautiful and has a different perspective of the city. I would rate this as moderate and would recommend doing it as early as possible as there is really no shade except at the lookout point.

hiking
1 month ago

Heaven on Earth

Beautiful trail and waterfall! Easy hike. Dirt road is 14 miles and takes at least an hour very bumpy recommend high clearance vehicle!

Beautiful wash saw deer. No waterfall so dry but lets pray for rain!

I drive 20 miles to hike this; it's worth it. Great mix of incline and flat, you can do the loop only with only one or both summits. The first part (Hawk's Nest) is most difficult part in my opinion. Would hike here every day if I lived closer. Not much loose rock and no scrambling. Great views, the east view is basically open desert. There is shade for 1/2 the hike if you go in the morning.

This trail is not as difficult as you might think, and has an amazing view at the top. The truly unfortunate part is how much litter and dog waste can be found on the trail. It doesn’t take much to not throw your trash on the ground, just put it your pocket or backpack. We all share these trails. If the concept of “pack it in, pack it out” is more than you can handle, do us a favor and stay home the next time you think of going for a hike.

Definitely a steep and rugged trek to the summit. Awesome 360 views! Can see quite a bit- Piestewa, Camelback, Tom’s Thumb, Pinnacle, even Flat-Iron and Weavers Needle. Pretty easy to get off track as there aren’t really any markings so I would check your map periodically. Gave this hike 3 stars because of the abundance of bugs and horseflies at the peak around the American Flag. Couldn’t really stay up there for too long to enjoy it(I’m assuming it’s just the time of year). Also, it doesn’t feel super rewarding considering you can’t really “run” enjoyably.

beautiful hike in am. A little bit more challenging then reported, but so worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is great, the views along the hike are excellent and the reward when you get to the end is amazing. It does have some challenging parts but the trail is short enough that as long as you remember it isn't a race it really isn't too bad and then at the end of it you get to go for a nice refreshing swim in the cool deep pools. I can't recommend this trail enough if you are looking for an overnight trip.

FYI: I was planning on hiking this trail over memorial weekend but just received an email that they are closing this area on Wed May 23, 2018 due to wild fires. Anyone who have bought a permit will be refunded. Will plan to go again when they reopen.

hiking
1 month ago

Great climb giving you a decent cardio workout. Need to pay close attention to foot on placement.

Nice trail but absolutely no markers or trail information other then that at very start .

the hard part is the drive in, make sure you have no loose fillings in your mouth, it takes almost an hour to get in.
Although we went on a week day, the waterfall was very busy, so once we took some pictures we retreated back to the one of the many accessible natural pools we saw on the way. I just wish people were more considerate and stop littering such natural beauties with crap they no longe needed. SMOKING SHOULD ALSO BE BANNED!!!

Pretty quick hike, also pretty steep. Great view from the top!

backpacking
2 months ago

Phenomenal. I haven't backpacked in a while. My legs were definitely feeling the climb out! Every step of this hike is beautiful. From the pines at the top to the stunning desert to the riparian area at the bottom. There was definitely no water along the way. I brought a gallon in with me and back out. I didn't drink it all, but any less would have been foolish. It was very warm, in the 80s. I will be back to do it again!

Solid hike up provides a great view of the city. Overall, it seems to be more of a moderate difficulty trail. definitely some steep spots, but not too bad overall.

nature trips
2 months ago

Easy hike... feels like a movies set because the scene changes so much and it’s so desolate. Really glad we did this hike! Found about a 12” deep pool and gentle fall cascading down the rocks. Still big enough to wade under! Afterword just sat and basked in the sun...

Warning —- lots of bee activity along the trail.

Amazing place to hike to and swim in the gorgeous clear water. The drive is about 14 miles down a dirt/rocky road. I advise people to use a suv/truck or something with 4x4 if you have. Be nice and let cars that can drive the road faster go by you. We have seen small cars go down this road and either get stuck, or damage their car with the rough road. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen cars make it, but just saying if your driving a Tesla down the road, then don’t be surprised if you see people pointing and laughing at you. You need a permit, $10 to park and hike. We have been when it’s crowded and not so crowded. Parking within the first 3 areas, are the best and after that it makes for a much longer hike. It is dog friendly and great place to hang a hammock up. The best part is the waterfall where you can jump off into the water or do like some people and slide down the middle into the pools. If your wondering if the water is cold, it is! It’s 70 degrees but wonderful when it’s hot out.

nature trips
2 months ago

This is one of the most amazing places I have ever been. Easy hike, many cool stop offs to the creek off the main trail. Water was cold in September but eventually you get over it because you just cant not be in the water. My 10 year old son had an amazing time as did the rest of us adults. My brother and best friend jumped off the waterfall but Im not quite brave enough.

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