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Great trail with beautiful views at the top of Camelback. Steep so definitely bring a backpack to hold your stuff so you have two hands available. Challenging and also a great workout!

great trail. good shading for most of it. good views too

I have never gone hiking before and this was actually my first. So for newcomers like me, I would suggest moderate level of fitness, 2-3 full bottles of water, and shoes with good traction.

I came during February, so the weather was amazing, would not recommend this trail during the summer time. The climb down is a lot easier and faster, but be careful, because it is much easier to slip up going down.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail- just an easy little hike.

hiking
1 day ago

This is a cool little trail. We did it with our 3 and 5 year olds. You have a few options on trails to get back to the parking area, a couple are small loose rocks but easy enough to hold hands to guide the young ones down.

Definitely a good workout in the last leg of the trail. Parking at the trailhead is a bit tricky on the weekend and the trail is narrow in a few spots but not so narrow it is difficult to let others pass by. Takes a little over an hour to get up to the cave with a few brief water stops. The views are stunning and the cave offers a cool reprieve after the hike up. This is a rigorous but quick hike for any morning or afternoon. Trailhead is about 40 minutes from downtown Gilbert.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Blevins is an easy 3 mile loop, flat and well maintained, lightly trafficked perfect for Walking / Hiking and Mountain Biking. You will also see some horseback riding, mostly on the weekends. Family friendly with beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains, this is an easy trail with very little shade and watch out for cacti and stickers. Looking for something a bit more challenging, take Blevins to Cat's Peak Loop for a Moderate short climb. Usery Mountain trail system has something for most all skill levels, we highly recommend it. Again, with little shade, bring lots of water.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail! Took a wrong turn in the beginning, but found our way back and finished it out. Trick is you have to go THROUGH the wire fence when you get to it, do not go left! If you go left you are basically going around the mountain :) It’s a gorgeous sight to see, but not the way to the cave. Once back on the trial it was very easy to navigate the way to the top. Gets a bit harder as you get closer to the cave, but its worth the beautiful site when you finish. Careful on the way down as it gets pretty slippery on the loose rocks. All in all it was a great day out enjoying nature even with the detour.

hiking
2 days ago

01 19 19 tried hiking this trailer based on the most reset reviews. absolutely CANT MAKE IT WITHOUT SNOWSHOES. kept sinking to my waste each time I tried to get up. will try again next week with snowshoes.

Gorgeous, pristine, desert trail. The views of the Superstitions creating a back drop for all the cactus is just beautiful. Saw bikes, other walkers and horses but for the most part had the trail to ourselves.

hiking
2 days ago

Really cool hike! Can get confusing to follow the trail but luckily somebody had put arrows in the sand which really helped point us in the right direction! At the trailhead there is a sign that says “wave cave trail” at a fence - go through the fence. The trail is flat at the beginning then very steep. Had to climb up over some boulders as well. The views are amazing and the cave is really awesome. We stayed longer than planned taking photos and enjoying the cave. It was a cloudy day with not many hikers passing through. Would be a cool place to sit and have lunch. It did get chilly in there though later in the day.

Wow those views make the slightly perilous conditions worthwhile! Rain a few days earlier made the rock faces very slippy!

Be careful and wear good shoes and you are in for one hell of a view

hiking
no shade
scramble
2 days ago

Santa was at the top near Christmas time with a tree he brought up. Google it and you can read the news article.
Helpful to note:
Parking is difficult. Uber drivers can’t drop you off right at the trail head but you can’t park right at the trailhead either. An Uber can still drop you off close and you can walk down the street to the trail head with no problem.
Toward the top I used my hands to help myself up the rocks. It wasn’t just a steep walk.
Look for the blue dots painted on the rocks to see the path. There’s also a lot of people on the trail you can just follow.
It’s great for experienced hikers. It felt really short but really steep to me.

Great trail with lots of greenery and flowers! Took my 16 pound dog and he loved it, it’s just enough elevation to be interesting but not too difficult!

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Parking is a challenge. This loop is not easily marked. Lots of various trails you can find your way back.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike that’s going to make you break a sweat. Fantastic views. You can also change it up by going around the loop clockwise or counter clockwise.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

Toddler alert: be prepared to carry your toddler and pass them up and down rocks near the top of the trail but totally doable with two adults.

This is a great workout trail, and the view on the top is amazing.

Great hike this morning. Really crowded but still happy to do it since we were in town. Lots of scrambling and gloves would have been nice but we made it just fine. If we were to do it again we’d wear our hiking boots vs the hiking shoes just for the additional ankle support. The hike down was a little tough on ankles and knees but worth it.

hiking
3 days ago

Crowded trail on the weekends, mostly at the beginning.
Wear trail shoes vs tennis shoes

Good hike but always busy on the weekends

This was awesome.

hiking
muddy
washed out
4 days ago

I’m sure this is a lovely spot if you can make it there. The road in there is a 37 MILE LONG dirt road. Great, so it’s gonna take forever. You will need a 4-wheel drive if you going to make it more than 20 miles when the very hard, packed, rocky dirt road suddenly turns into muddy sludge so thick that a normal car, high clearance or not, absolutely can’t make it through and then you have to be rescued by hot cowboys and turn around and end a wasted day. So the moral of the story is don’t go after it’s rained and you probably need a 4x4 just to be safe.

Overall: The trail was a great challenge that required some equipment-less light rock climbing towards the end. The view included was great to see especially because you could see the tips of other popular hikes. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and other shrubbery.

The hike: The weather was at a high 60 degrees, low 70s with light clouds. The climb in the beginning is clean and inviting. It doesn’t take long to have a good view of western Phoenix. There are various opportunities for beautiful pictures with a vast backdrop. There are many rest stops through the hike. The last 20-30 minutes of the hike is the toughest. It may require some light rock climbing. It took about 85 minutes to get to the top with many breaks in between. Needless to say it was worth it. It’s a very popular hike so foot traffic is abundant but the people are pleasant.

The view: Just like many hikes the view gives a 360 degree view of the city. This view is especially worthwhile because you are above other peaks so the level of accomplishment you get reaching the top is all the better. Many places to hang out and relax and soak up the view or meditate. It is busy so don’t expect to ever be the only one up there.

Really cool trail. The scale up is pretty fun and the caves are a really interesting sight. Not rocky and not particularly hard.

on Old Man Trail

4 days ago

nice climb, never run into other people

4 days ago

excellent climb

Great hike. I did a Google Earth Trail on Saturday here. You can do a virtual like walk of the trail and into the cave at www.shaunasadventures.com or on Google Earth. We had on spikes/ Crampons and made it to the cave fine. Headed up a little before 9, and there was not too many crowds, but as we headed down there was a huge group heading up. Most people heading up had sleds. I wish I would have asked them where they were heading to sled. I am thinking they were going to take the V shaped trail marked on my blog to the North Fork road and then sled down it. Definitely would have been fun sled ride down.

Rocky trail, good hiking shoes a must. Beautiful views. Will definitely do this one again.

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