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Beautiful and serene with expansive views. Moderately difficult, but nothing the average hiker couldn’t tackle. Can get a little slippery at parts so wear proper footwear. Vey well maintained trail that doesn’t take to long to complete. Gets a little strenuous towards the midway to ending of the trail which will be marked, so watch of out the descent and accent back up as it’s not a loop trial. Overall one of the more beautiful hikes you will take in the valley.

Early November was a perfect time if year for this fun trail.

hiking
1 day ago

I hiked this trail for the first time on Wednesday around 4:00pm and it was not at all busy we only saw about 10 other hikers. This is a tough trail in the beginning, lots of steep switchbacks. But, once you get past that part it’s a lot easier and oh so worth it for the views. It’s a gorgeous trail and it was very clean. It can be hard on the knees coming down but we took our time and I would do this trail more often if I lived closer.
My step counter was 11993, 4.4miles, and 111floors.

I've done this trail at least 52 times for sure! This is a great trail, love everything about this trail. Could have better parking but I always went on Monday's so it was fine.

beautiful trail. towards the halfway point is a steep downhill portion of the trail that you will need to hike back up. bring water and enjoy the view.

Great workout, beautiful views along the trail.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail is very pretty and mostly flat, definitely wouldn’t consider ‘this a moderate trail because it’s mostly easy and very flat!lots of fast bikers on this trail but it is definitely beautiful

Busier than expected. Parking was a little tough, too. Only made it halfway--taking to many notes for a geology assignment.

good trail. not the best in the area.

So much fun...the sign at the bottom rates this hike as extremely difficult and I would agree with that as you are bouldering for most of it. Challenging but totally worth it...our GPS indicated 10km round trip.

Beautiful trail that can be extended into much longer hikes by the vast network of connecting trails. These trails are primarily used by mountain bikers. The pros are it’s amazing scenery and relatively few people compared to other nearby trails on the Preserve. The only con is that it’s not much of a workout due to no elevation gain. Great choice on weekend if you want to get out on a hike while also have some solitude in nature!

Used to be my favorite trail—beautiful and solid workout. Nowadays it suffers from far too many visitors on it’s narrow trail and too many off-leash dogs and owners who don’t pick up their dog’s poop.

Nice Hike! Confusing markers though....saw 4 coyotes on the trail....

best hike in Scottsdale Phoenix area. Not as rough as echo canyon but very challenging. great views.

Great trail!

Great views of the city. My Fitbit clocked it at about 7 miles. A real fun scale up, not rocky, and not strenuous.

Great workout! Slightly overcrowded and parking can get wild but the views great!

Definitely a good workout climbing boulders and straight up in spots. Worth it once you are at the top. Parking at trailhead is a challenge

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail with fantastic views !!! Does not take long so if you are just wanting to get out for a quick hike .... this is perfect

hiking
6 days ago

Super good interval trail. Quick turn around time - under 1.5 hours round trip.

hiking
6 days ago

My Girl and I wanted to do “Fatman’s Pass” off the Mormon Loop, but we couldn’t find it. We ended up taking a random trail down the side of the mountain before the trail turns south and loops back. It took us to a really nice neighborhood. We walked the wilderness behind the homes and saw a coyote! It was beautiful. However, I’m pretty sure we were trespassing, and we never found Fatman’s Pass.

Awesome brother-sister hike!

hiking
7 days ago

No hiking staff needed! You'll need both hands to help negotiate many areas, though you're not really "boulder scrambling"... it's more like climbing steep stairs for most of the hike. There are hand rails where you need them. I was glad I wore low cut, light weight hiking tennis shoes as it allowed me to flex and extend my feet for longer strides from rock to rock (ankle supporting, leather boots would have slowed me down on this hike, though that's what I usually wear for hikes). A Camelback (go figure) style hydration backpack is the way to go... keep your hands free!

trail running
7 days ago

Great trail, but a ton of people.

Great hike with incredible views. It’s a challenge but definitely not as hard as the signs suggest. Most of the steep areas have hand rails. Parking is difficult, do it on a weekday if possible.

Easy start to a more advanced hike

just did the mormon trail, great hike, will do the loop next time

Gorgeous. Didn’t find it as hard as the trail head signage suggests. Lots of climbing, rock scaling, bouldering type hike versus just a walk.

Awesome hike, great arobic

great cardio workout and great views of North Scottsdale and the city.

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