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hiking
21 hours ago

I would rate this hike as easy. Went around noon, at that time of day there is almost no shade the entire trail. So I definitely recommend lots of water. The hike up is a very slow incline. You won’t miss the petroglyphs, they definitely are worth the hike. I’d say the hike down is more beautiful, as you can see the valley. Rocky trail.

Very good workout with all that heat for this Dutch man, but beautifull also.

I absolutely love this hike, did it my 16 yr old and 13 yr old , all made it to the top through much perseverance, it was tough but worth it

Real nice! Started early...5:30 with a headlamp :) This is my fourth time to the top...and I'm FINALLY able to stay with 20 feet of the trail. lol I noticed the markings were more noticeable on the descent. I was moving really fast, and I made it up and down in just under 3 hours. Probably my favorite hike in the area,. Worth all the stars,

Very challenging and amazing hike. Top of the trail gives you a very good view of city. Take plenty of water, snacks and some electrolytes.

Beautiful hike! Went nice and early to see the sunrise. Had the mountain ourselves!

Very tough but good feeling afterwards!

hiking
9 days ago

Short, relatively intense trail with excellent views! The parking lot is really big and roads to the trailhead are extremely well marked. Trail is pretty wide and well maintained with regular distance markers. It gets pretty crowded because it's popular for trail running, so get there early or go on a weekday if possible. As far as technical hiking skill needed, this is pretty easy- just wear good shoes so you don't slip. This is a moderate because of the climb. Almost all of the elevation gain is within 1/2-3/4 of a mile and it's pretty brutal. Take breaks and enjoy the views- it's totally worth the climb!

It was basically straight up to the peak. It's a tough trail especially if you are used to some flat spots. Otherwise, I enjoyed it! Probably a mistake to hike it at 100 degrees in the middle of the day.

Great hike ! views on top are amazing ! Same comment as most other reviewers:
1- in summer, start really really early and take plenty of water (I drank 1.5 gallon).
2- I got lost going up .. and coming down. This trail is really not well marked (which as other commented is disappointing since you have to pay to get in the park).
Apart from that, it is an amazing trail.

The right kind of difficult. Make sure to bring plenty of water though, even if you start early.

10 days ago

Awesome trail, be prepared- the first mile is brutal. Make sure you bring plenty of water, at lease 2 liters. (I was surprised how many people I passed on my way down who were carrying a single bottle. At 10 A.M. and the temp was heating up rapidly.
Only issue is this app sent alerts to my lifeline as I hadn’t “checked in” in a while. There are a few dead zones on the hike, so signal was lost. This unnecessarily worried my lifelines- so I am not sure if there is a way for the developers to figure out a way to “fix”.
Also not sure what algorithm is used to determine hike times, again my lifelines were alerted because we didn’t return at the anticipated time (probably spent 15 or so minutes at the peak taking pictures).
Hike is a 10. App is a 5

hiking
11 days ago

Went on a sunrise hike - cooler temps, well marked trail, great leg workout, and amazing views! Plenty of shade in the middle of the hike. Hiking poles and shoes with good traction are recommended. Your knees will thank you later. Bring plenty of water (at least 3 liters), and sunscreen especially in the summer. Ample parking. Restrooms available at trailhead.

Great hike with a beautiful view at the top. Challenging but worth it. Go early to avoid the heat and brings lots of water!

trail running
12 days ago

Nice trail for running; beautiful view at the top.

The views at the top are fantastic. This trail is rated as hard and if you are not used to climbing over boulders then it is exactly that! We went at 8am on a Thursday morning and it was already busy. If you like wishing a lot of people a good morning, then this is the hike for you. We will definitely do this hike again!

I call this trail the stair stepper..my absolute favorite. go to the tip top!

Completed this trail in the middle of the summer, starting around 7am. A lot of the trail is actually shaded throughout the morning, which makes the heat more bearable. Gloves would definitely come in handy for gripping the metal rails on steep sections, as they do get hot.

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail today between 12:30-5:30 pm. It was a great, challenging trail in the city, and we made it to the top after making a number of stops and dropping packs. While this is a fun trail if you're up for a challenge, take all warnings very seriously. Bouldering is a real thing here, so be prepared to be stooped over scrambling up hot rock. We brought 7 liters of water, protein bars, and electrolyte packs/goos and needed everything to get back down in the summer heat. We were also dressed for hiking: wicking shirts, long pants, boots, big hats. Many people were dressed more casually and were less prepared; I'd recommend you read up on heat exhaustion and the history of deaths/rescues at Camelback before you make the trip. Note: there are friendly park rangers stationed at the bottom of the trail in case you need assistance. Have fun and be safe!

My first official hike. My goodness, it’s was difficult but determined to make it to the top, plugged along. Great views from the top and along the way too. Very jagged rocks to climb from bottom to top. Almost slipped twice which could have been very bad indeed. One large bottle of water was sufficient for me but would encourage more. Gotta have good knees to make it down safely too.

A great total body work out. Beautiful views! One of my favorites. Bring more water than you think you need.

Hard! Imagine being on the stair master on high incline for 60 min.
Amazing views. Very busy tho so get there early. Big accomplishment! Will def do it again

Great hike! Beautiful views. I hiked it in the afternoon. Make sure to bring plenty of water and prepare for a about 12-15 feet of rock climbing vertical. I am pretty sure I went down a different way then I came up and got lost a couple times going up. Difficult to follow the trail. Other hikers said to hug the left side going up. Even though I had a hard time finding the trail, it was my favorite hike in the valley so far.

Seems to always be packed with trail runners and tourists.

Awesome view for a short hike.

This used to be my go to hike/trail run but over the years it has become so congested that I have shifted to outside of the city. That being said, it’s a well worn trail with consistent elevation rise and the view at the top is hard to beat. It’s not for beginners and despite this, so many visitors go on this because of the easy access location . Be prepared because it tends to get frustrating for those that hike and run trails regularly. Go early as there is no shade from the sun and you will beat the crowds.

Amazing! Did it with my 12 year old son and husband. Challenging. View at the top is amazing! We did get lost on the way down, I got cuts on my legs, stomach, arms, everywhere! We slid down some dangerous rocks. We decided to go back up and try to go on the right path. It led us back to where we got lost. We risked it and followed a path that probably wasn’t the right one. We ended up on the other side of the mountain. A 6 mike hike ended up to be 10 miles. Thankfully we got back just as the sun set, so we weren’t out there past dark.

Fantastic challenging hike that leads to a great view at the top. Can get very hot during the day so it's best to go early and bring enough water

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