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No falls but we did stumble on a diamondback rattlesnake at a mile and a half in. A little scary but it just slithered off the path.

My mom (58) and I (39) do this hike on a regular basis because it is a great mixture of challenge and amazing views. Be sure to have some cash ready when getting to the park as there is a entrance fee. Pick up the park map and decide which of the trails you are up for. Right now there is no water in the creek but we have seen it flow a couple of times in the beginning of the year. Make sure to have enough water as there are no stations anywhere on the trail but they do have multiple benches where you can sit down and rest if needed. The trail is not heavily trafficked and you can hear and see wildlife all around you. Watch for rattlesnakes! I highly recommend good hiking shoes as the terrain is very rocky and slippery at times. This is a great hike for anyone that is in good physical shape.

It was an ok hike. Flat trail on dirt and some small river rocks. There is no shade and there was no waterfall but did see some cool caterpillars. About 2.5 miles each way.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail had a lot of variance - desert, open vistas, creek crossing, and woodland. Because of that it's one of my fav's. It's special to walk along that creek - just lovely.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail starts at the very north end of Cave Creek Road at the base of the Tonto National Forest.. Although it was 110 degrees in Phoenix, it is about 8 degrees cooler than in the city. i went on a Saturday morning and had the trail all to myself. There were no trail markings, and I ended up off trail coming back. Thanks to the Alltrails map and GPS I was able to get back on trail fairly quickly. There was no shade until the very end. Disappointed that there was no water at the end of the trail, and, as others have stated, the swarm of bees and wasps kept me from going beyond the boulders. Views were nothing special.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike, there is shade intermittently, I got 2.8 miles round trip. I was hoping there would be water but no luck today. It was a fun little walk, but with water it will be 100% better. The bees are very active at the area where Falls would be. Saw owls, rabbits.

Although this is a decent hike overall; I didn't like that the first part of it has you walk along a powerline. That reminder of civilization annoyed me, as I hike purposely to unplug and get away from civilization.
But the Balanced Rock itself is cool, as is the hike around it.

Fun trail occasionally hard to find. Some great views of red Mountain and the salt River. There are many other trails and washes that intersect. This makes it easy to take a quick short cut back to the beginning. We cut about 2 miles off the main trail by doing this. We didn’t want to do the whole 7 miles. We did about five.

Park for free by the bridge just before Granite Reef recreation site or roadside just after. Granite Reef requires a paid pass.

This is a great MTB trail. I was hiking and went off trail most of the time. I did a Little Rock hounding and found some nice quartz.

It’s straight up desert crossing, not featured, maintained hiking trails. I like that.

Its unique in such a beautfiul way. Kind of confusing in the beginning. Took a leff when i got to the area with bathrooms. Went and took the tortuga route But it was a while before I saw the Tortuga trail sign. Take it early, it gets very hot.

I think the only parking area is about a mile away from the trail. You have to get a permit at the Walgreens on the way in ($8). I skipped this trail.

Fantastic loops! Make your own distance by adding loops or subtracting...... good elevation not too much, good for trail running and bikes! This is a great easy go to trail system!

Don’t go here in June. Nothing but flies and wasps. No shade, no flowing water/waterfall. It’s tough to hike on the sand. The sand would probably be great for horses maybe in fall/spring. I’d probably go again in the spring, just because it’s so close by.

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

Great trail. Mostly flat. Great for all ages.

Nice trail, mostly flat but enough elevation to catch a few decent peeks at the Salt River and the Red Mountain.

Nice, moderate level hiking trail with great views. Small ups and downs- nothing too strenuous. Nice to have the nature signs along the way to learn about the environment. Well maintained and Less traveled on the Sunday morning we went.

We hiked Brown’s Ranch > Whiskey Barrel Trail (about a 4 mile loop) because GPS brought us to that trailhead instead. Superb facilities at the trailhead, with helpful employees, maps, restrooms, etc. Gorgeous views and an easy trail to walk, but very hot and little shade - bring twice as much water as you’d usually bring. Loved this loop!

nature trips
4 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.

horseback riding
4 months ago

Love this ride for a short 1 1/2 tops ride to the falls and back. Horses can get a drink and you can lunch/snack at the falls. I like the entrance off Cave Creek Road just past the entrance to Tonto National Forest. You catch the Blue Wash here (going east stay to right on trail) and it intersects the Camp Creek Wash at the American Flag. Left to the end where falls are located. Small but easy turn around for trailer. Usually bump into other riders or hikers. Easy on horses feet until near the falls when the rocks appear, but still easy to navigate. You can ride the Maricopa Trail (go right at the intersection) too and it's a beautiful part of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

I’ve been hiking this trail a few times a week with a friend and this is my favorite trail so far and I have hiked the trails all over the valley. So beautiful and options for more difficult trails to easier. We see the same family of deer every time we go too. Amazing!

trail running
4 months ago

By far my favorite loop at the Hawes Trail System. Not as much elevation as doing the full Hawes Trail Loop, but the views are much better and the trail is way more fun. Lots of rolling hills and undulations - the miles just fly by. Trail is easy/moderate when on the Ridge Trail connector, bumps up to moderate on Saddle Trail, and is more difficult/technical on Saguaro Trail and Mine Shaft.

trail running
4 months ago

Pros - great views, well maintained trails, good terrain and elevation, not too crowded, most of trail is shaded in the afternoon/evening.

Cons - Trail is pretty poorly marked. Thankfully the AllTrails app on my phone was very accurate and I was able to get back on the trail pretty easily.

5 months ago

More of a mountain bike than a hike trail. For hiking it’s pretty easy and very exposed. Not a tad of shade, so better for the winter months. Be aware of bikers.

hiking
5 months ago

The water wasn’t running but there were some scenic moments. Overall, not bad.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice, easy trail.

Beautiful views

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike!! Cactuses and other plants just starting to bloom! Mostly easy with a few spots that would be considered moderate. Not very many people... beautiful views! Take lots of water as there is no shade.

hiking
5 months ago

Living in Carefree I have logged 5000 miles on my dirt bike on every motor vehicle trail up here and hiked quite a bit. This hike is better from the parking lot under the power lines just before Sears Kay Ruins. You can hike many of the horse trails on the hills or the blue wash trail. I prefer the up and down single track trails better than the sandy washes. If you do come from Camp Creek Wash on Bartlett Dam road you need to stay right once you get towards the end. Another poster made the easy to follow left that took them to the green water coming out of the ground area which is West of Camp Creek. You know your going the wrong way when you see the green rusty poles and foundations used to keep jeeps out of the trail. Plus its very sandy, the camp creek wash has more rocks. The waterfall flows pretty much year round and you can climb past it and hike along the creek if you want. But at some point you need to turn back or you will hit Sears Kay Ranch which is private property.

One of the few hikes close to phoenix that has running creek and water.

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