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We got there around 9 and waited about 10 min. for a parking spot. But we planned on that and used the time to apply sunscreen. I would suggest this hike for those who consider themselves athletic. There were many people we watched go part way and then have to turn around feeling defeated. In my personally opinion the view from the top was not tons better than part way up but for me it was more about the accomplishment of making it to the top. At the top it is not flat like Camelback. It is much like the rocks you are climbing up to get there so it is hard to find a comfortable place to sit or lay. Climbing this trail is like going up stairs the whole time. I would suggest a stairmaster to train for this if desired. It is a great pretty quick workout. Be sure to wear well fitting shoes. I thought mine were till I was on the way down and my toes were pressing into the end of my shoes. Be sure to bring water.

First hike ever and it was great. Had plenty of water and took multiple breaks. We completed this with three kids the youngest being 5.

Great hike today. Not overly crowded. started right at 5pm. perfect weather and great view!

Extreme in every sense of the word. They label this hike not as difficult, but extremely difficult on the trail sign which is accurate. Harder technically than the grand canyon (I've hiked from the rim to the river and back in a day), but this hike is much shorter which makes it not as exhausting. I brought hiking poles and couldn't use them on multiple sections because it is so vertical that you must climb. They did help a ton though when I could use them, especially on the way down. I started this hike at 4pm with the weather clear and in the 70's, and it took me 45 minutes to get up, and over an hour and 15 minutes to get down. Going down was much harder and I did fall a few times (one major wipe out), because it is so much harder going down a nearly vertical trail. I was wearing very good hiking specific shoes (Altra trail shoes) , had a 2L water backpack, and hiking poles, along with a lot of hiking experience, and this kicked my butt. I was not expecting something so extremely difficult in the middle of Phoenix. Do not attempt this hike if you are unprepared, or if it is extremely hot outside. Parking was not an issue at the time I went, and there were 3 rangers at he bottom of the trail prepared to answer questions and help out.

2 days ago

There's a lot of snow right now. During the switchbacks it gets to about 2-3 feet deep. It's a lot of fun but be prepared to trudge along on those switchbacks until you reach the saddle. Either way a good challenge and plenty of gorgeous views

2 days ago

Challenging but amazing hike! make sure to bring lots of water and snacks!

Difficult but so great

Great hike went this morning. Had beautiful weather and great views. Was mild traffic not too bad just make sure to start by 9 on the way down was getting a little crowded. Also bring the right shoes very rocky terrain. Overall I enjoyed this hike and would do it again.

For reference we got there at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday and there were only a few parking spots left. Loved the hike despite the large crowd.

go up to the top , then come back down to the half way point. then run the back side all the way around to the front parking lot.

only did it 11 times in a row , in 13 hrs .

It was a very difficult trail towards the summit. It was totally worth the climb, and I felt very accomplished after the climb.

Loved this hike! Views were stunning along the entire trail! pretty steep incline the whole way up, but the view was totally worth it. We finished the trail in about 4 hours. We are in our early 20's and are experienced hikers.

First time doing this trail yesterday, and loved it. Definitely challenging and an excellent workout, the views from the top don't disappoint.

For lots of breaks and someone out of shape, 3 hours round trip. Definitely something I have to do at least once a year. If parking wasn’t so difficult, I would go every weekend! We went around 11:30 on a Thursday and it was crowded.

The top was worth every hard step I took. I’ve heard of the staying to the left but knowing me I ended up in the rock climbing trail that was very difficult but lead me to the top. A beautiful trail with great views. Take lots of water at least 3 liters and snacks. Have fun!

Respectable short hike but too much traffic and not much variation along the way.

Great hike with several challenges. Parking fills up so get there early.

I'M EXHAUSTED! An hour trek to the top with water breaks. A complete work out with lots of sweat included, and I still have to go back down to the trailhead. Well worth it.

Very intense long hike. The views are worth it in the end though. Just take it easy and break as much as you need. We hiked this when it was colder so I didn't drink as much water but I can imagine you would need to bring a lot more if you tried this during the summer months.

Hiked this trail with a few friends. Started hike around 8 am to avoid hot sun and to get a parking spot at the base of the mountain. Trail was well travelled with numerous challenging sections. Our first time, it took us about 2 hours. Great views from the top and well worth the climb. Good footwear is a must and three point contact on the way down helped in avoiding jarring of the knees.

Hiked with a couple of friends. Challenging but very rewarding. Left before 8 am and was able to stay in the shadow of the mountain until the very top. Still drank lots of water as it was still a hot day. Got off trail a few times as the white dots and blue dots were not always distinguishable from natural white rocks. Legs got a good workout.

My so much of a hike as it is a rock climb! It's a scramble up rocks for about half of it. The view was amazing the whole way up, though. Getting to the top was insanely rewarding.
My boyfriend and I are collegiate athletes, swimmer and cross country, and we were able to finish the whole hike in about 3.5 hours. Bring lots of water and snacks.

This was a great *hike* - but I’d actually wanted to trail run. Unfortunately, the terrain was just too rocky to get a good cadence going at any point. Amazing views though, and I’d recommend for hiking.

7 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. This was my first time doing this trail and my dog and I made it to the top without much problem. We are both experienced trail runners and hikers and I could see where if you don’t know what you’re in for and not prepared, you probably won’t make it very far

This was a great all day hike, it turned out to be 8 miles total from where we were parked and back. Lots of hard work but the views were well worth it! Our group did not bring gloves but there were many who did, totally a personal preference. It was fine without them. Enjoy!

You get to use your arms too as in a lot of parts it’s a scramble uphill. Good shoes and a treking pole can help. The way down offers a nice, alternative challenge to hiking and scrambling up. Great views to marvel at.

Nice hike with great views of Phoenix at the top!

9 days ago

Hard! Okay so originally we were gonna do the Boulder Canyon hike, which is 4.8 miles. But we couldn't find that. We could only find Boulder Canyon TRAIL, which is much longer. So we hiked this one, and since we didn't know we were going on such a long hike, we actually only went about 2.5 miles in. It goes up and down, up and down, so it's hard the whole time! Fun but challenging. I love how you can see Canyon Lake from the top!

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