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Awesome Trail. Really enjoyed

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

Another beautiful hike here today :). Crossed the road to the stone dwelling...great short incline workout!!!

Small challenges in certain parts on the more difficult trail. Good views. Not a whole lot of traffic during mid day.

As a semi beginner, this was a great challenge-good cardio as certain parts are at a steep incline. Quite rocky, but definitely doable! Amazing views from the top!

Excellent Trail

Could not find “the trail” for the life of us! Ended up wondering around and making our own trail. Portions were difficult, would be hard for beginners. Would not recommend if you are looking for easy.

nice and tough. good hike to do in the morning even later morning, sun is not hitting your face and trail gains good elevation making your heart rate just right. nice exercise.

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

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

Awesome brother-sister hike!

Great Hike Today!!! Beautiful with a nice trail variety for a hard hike. Be sure to take the immediate Left as you enter (before check in station) or you’ll be driving all over. Bathroom at Trail. Sadly some garbage along the way....

Amazing views and sunset

Awesome views, clean area, different options

A little crowded but a great hike with an excellent reward. Beautiful sunrise!!

Nov 3, 2018
HIKED to the TOP.. Awesome and challenging. Not for those who like inner city hikes.

Wear leather hiking boots with good ankle support. Avoid wearing sneakers there is Cholla cactus on trail.

HIKING POLES for balance especially when getting through the big rocks.

3 Liters of water minimum.

Good Snacks to keep up you energy.

4 wheel drive vehicle to get you to the trail head.

Beautiful sunset spot!! Pretty steep areas so make sure you wear hiking boots.

Great hike-good views, not too long and challenging

Great hike!! Recommend going before sunrise, and hike as the sun rises. I started climbing around 630am. Extraordinary views. I made it to the peak. I’m not an experienced
hiker but I am very athletic so it was a pretty difficult hike but wasn’t bad at all until about the last leg of the hike-as others had stated complete stair climber machine! I sat at the peak for awhile moving from the few areas to sit and the longer I sat the more people joined. I started the decent about 9am and on my run down it was getting very crowded but very hot. Had no experienced with any wildlife but again amazing views especially while the sun is rising the mountains surrounding captured the sunlight perfectly! Backpacks not needed just water and a snack-however I did carry one with my GoPro and snacks.

I did part of this trail a few weeks ago, but had to turn back after it began to rain pretty severely. I came back today and really enjoyed it. It’s very walkable and has sections of loose rock, but isn’t unmanageable. It’s decently marked. I took the difficult path up, which wasn’t unreasonable. Will be back.

I've hiked here twice, once with others and another time with my small dog. Not too difficult if you hike often, though 1 person in my group started having difficulty towards the top and coming down.

18 days ago

Good moderate hike, in certain parts steep (closer to the top), great for an intermediate hiker.

Pretty busy, but a great hike. Short enough if you're tight on time but hard enough to make it worth your while.

Decent hike-great views at the saddle. I'd say 3/4 of the trail is good and the rest is somewhat boring, but it was worth the trip. There are ups and downs, mostly stable ground, but a couple of areas where there is loose rock. There was a pretty active bee hive in a cluster of boulders a little ways after the saddle and lots of lizards and birds. Shade is sparse-not a good hike for dogs, imo, unless the dogs are super athletic and built for hiking. It took us about 2 hours, but I stop to take pics a lot., so it probably could be done faster by most hikers, as several people passed us.

This was a great hike and enjoyed the views going up for sure. Tried to get to the trail this past winter and failed due to the sandy beach stopped me In my tracks. This time did a dry run to the trailhead with my jeep And made it there and back and had a good time in the jeep. Went back today with my hiking buddy and it was nice. Took about an hour to get to the trailhead and one other couple was on their way out. We hike about 3 miles out and never could find our way to the peak. Turned around due to making sure we had enough water for the trip back (took 3 liters with us and another bottle of pedialyte as well). There were a few shades spots we stopped at to drink and take in the views. Hoping next time we do make it to the top!

23 days ago

Very private

Loved this trail. Started counter clockwise to the circumference trail, then to Ridgeline, which meets back up to circumference. Nice steady incline but a good workout. Slow decent down and then flat most of the way. Clocked in at about 4.5 miles, longer than listed and took me about 2 hours with breaks. To shorten, I'd probably take Ridgeline back down after peaking, vs going all away around the mountain. Usually hike Thunderbird but will be doing this one more often due to better scenery.

Fairly easy at the bottom and then a good thigh burner towards the top with more great views.

Great moderate hike. Busy trail on the weekends but still ok. Look forward to hiking it again later this week.

It you are fit and fine, it's not a difficult hike. I started around 8:15ish. I was able to hike to top without any break. It took me around 45 mins to reach there with my normal pace. Spent half an hour at the top enjoying the beautiful views and came back which took around 25 mins(I jogged for half a mile or so).
The weather was nice today. While going up befor 9 you can get some shades because of mountains. There are restrooms at the trailhead and lots of parking.

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