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off road driving
2 days ago

Fun trail to start with lots of wildlife and breathtaking views. This trail, most likely due to the monsoon season, was incredibly technical with a lot of washouts and sharp rocks.

The issue with this trail is it is not marked and has a lot of intersections with no direction. You WILL need to follow the directions exact or you will find yourself in very dangerous territory quick.

You will drive in a few washes with varying difficulty depending on storms. My recommendation is to drive in, stop at the Gila River to eat lunch and take in the views, and drive back the way you came.

hiking
4 days ago

Love, love, love this trail. It's a must-do, essential for any passionate hiker in the Phoenix vicinity. ...or any surfers. :) Everyone needs a pic of themselves "riding the wave" at some point to use as desktop wallpaper.
The hike itself is fairly easy, though the last part up to the cave is the most challenging, hence the "moderate" rating. But it's absolutely something you can do, because YOU HAVE TO! Your reward isn't just the view, but the cool air in the cave. It's remarkably cooler. Be sure to bring a lot of water if it's warm out because there's no shade along the way.

overall I'd give the challenge a 4-5 views and the adventure factor 8 was a fun trail. Check out the ostrich farm while down there.. who woulda thought that would be way out there.

If you leave early enough, you will be shaded by the canyon for most of the hike. We started a little after 6am and it was shaded the whole way there—however, the sun had risen over the canyon by the time we were heading back. We stayed at the falls for a bit. There was plenty of water running through them—beautiful—some people were even jumping in! Try to stay on the trail by paying attention to trail markers, it’s easy to miss them when you get to the riverbed.

A easy trail for all tucsonians

Beautiful mountains and wonderful “ side trails”

rock climbing
14 days ago

Challenging rock climbing ( no gear needed)! Fabulous refreshing waterfall at the top of the rocks!

An incredible hike for sure!
So much to see on your way up the Needle with plant of shady spots to take a mini break before continuing.
No Permit needed to go exploringout here, unless you're trying to squeeze in The Wave Cave, which you actually pass by on your way to The Peralta Trailhead.
Anyhow, bring some good sturdy shoes as the terrain can get quite rugged as you gain elevation.
The amazing needle view from Fremont Saddle is quite a reward after all that hiking!

We just moved down to Tucson—it was nice to get a great view of the place. Great hike for newcomers or visitors. The first part of this hike is beautiful. Not much shade, but there was a nice breeze to keep us cooled down from the heat. Coming back down from the ridge, pay special attention to where the trail leads. Enjoy!

Gotta love this Hike!
It starts out rather easy but about half way you do get a little bit of an incline through big rocks yet it's not crazy difficult to get up to the Cave.
On the day hiked it there was another family with about 6 kids ranging from 14 to maybe 7 years of age, so yeah, if kids can do so it, why cant you!?
Anyhow, the sights from the top are quite nice and definitely one cool cave to go see!

As a senior, this trail was difficult because it was narrow in many places, rocky and not much shade. However the views are worth it especially when you reach the saddle and continue out to the overview of Weavers Needle. A bonus, the way back is mostly downhill. I have completed this trek about 5 times and now at 79, it's out of the question due to the lack of shade!!!

Worth the trip. Very well maintained trails. Beautiful!

hiking
23 days ago

I’ve been here three weeks and this was my third hike (Pusch Peak, Mt. Kimball, now this)—up to The Window—a must-see happy ending. The canyon part, roughly 75% of the trail, is moderately grown up with foliage from the monsoons. I saw an Arizona Black Rattler, Tiger Rattler, Black-Nose Gartersnake, a centipede, and quite a few mammals. My dad would’ve labeled the canyon as “snakey”. If that doesn’t bother you, you’ll love this one of a kind hike. The trail crosses the dry canyon creek about 15 times, but the trail is well-marked with cairns. I blew through 6L of water and ran out about 45 minutes from the truck. Spending about an hour at the window, taking pictures, and getting snakes out of my way—took me 11 hours to go 20 miles. And I’m built like a goddamn mythological god. So start early, pack at least 6L of water, keep an eye out for snakes, and find the amo can at The Window so you can sign in!

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike up to The Window. Tough. There’s a lot of small foliage in the canyon section (like 75% of the route) because of the rains. I started at 5:30am and saw three snakes, a centipede, and mule deer. Like my dad would say, “it’s snakey “. But if that doesn’t bother you, the canyon trail is unique to what I’ve done locally, and The Window is a true happy ending. Find the amo can and sign in!

I loved this trail! There wasn’t much water when I went so I’ll definitely be going again. A lot of flat hiking then a lot of incline towards the end.

horseback riding
24 days ago

Beautiful desert county. Lots of wildlife curious about the ponies.
Pretty dense and narrow in places.
Some hairy spots where I felt more comfortable to dismount my mare and lead her.

It was hard, but amazing views and at the end the Seven Falls!

MY GPS TOLD ME THIS HIKE WAS 11.6 MILES NOT 7.5 MILES. The elevation gain was also about 2600 feet.

Hiked down into the gulch and back up. It took a little over 5 hours. When parking at the summit, head north on the road past the gate, and immediately after the first comm tower, turn left onto the service road. When the first split comes, take a left for Lemmon Rock Trail south. Take that for the first 3.5 miles to where it splits and the train begins to go north-east, or south-west. Take the southwest route until it dead ends into Mount Lemmon Trail #5, and continue north.

Went out today for an afternoon hike. The trail is in great shape. There was a lot of water today. We were able to swim at the pools at the falls. Lots of frogs and lizards on the trail today.

Lots of wildlife since monsoon season has started. We just went an hour in, hour out. It was evening. Came across a rattlesnake in the middle of our path; he wouldn’t let us cross him so we had to make our own way around to get back. Trail was clear. Only two spots where it was narrow enough that the brush touched us. Didn’t see any goats this time but it was highly trafficked for being so close to sunset. A must do and easy trail for anyone!

Awesome refreshing swim at the top! Can’t beat it!

Yikes, a lot more fun and challenging than we expected! This was difficult! The view, however was a lovely stretch of I-10... lots of awesome hiking for a less than stellar view

fairly easy trail rocky most of the time. beautiful scenery once past the homes. took me and my younger boys about 3 hours with a couple short breaks. shady 80% of the time coming in if your hiking in early.

One of the tougher trails in the Tucson area. The cooler option hangs a left and back-countriez up to the gaurd above finger rock.

To the person who attempted to break into my car while I was on this hike - you are scum. You deserve the absolute worst and it’s people like you that the world doesn’t need. How awful are you. The fact that you couldn’t even break a window with a rock says a lot about the type of criminal you are. You deserve a spot in hell. For all of you who are planning to do this hike - please be aware there is someone out there attempting to break into your vehicle while you are out in your hike.

Hiked Picacho yesterday, the trail is really bad. It got washed out by the rain we had last weekend. I have done this trail before and it was nice last time. They have a lot of work ahead of them to fix the trail. Boulders and rocks have fallen in the trail. Some of the steps have broke. If you go be very careful and take your time. I really love this trail, I hope to do it again when it gets back to how it was.

very fun hike. great views of Tucson and beyond.

Nice hike for family. Great lunch spot at the falls.

This is a lovely moderate hike with great views south looking at Tucson and beyond. A good trail to take visitors on.

This is a wonderfully hard and satisfying uphill hike! It is 10 miles total. I’ve never seen horses on this trail nor would it be a good trail for them. 4,200’ of elevation gain.

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