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Brian Steiger reviewed Freedom Trail (#302)
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

This trail is incredibly busy and finding a parking place is the first challenge to complete! I decided to go counter-clockwise. At the 1.3 mile mark you make the first of two big inclines. This first incline takes you up 400 ft. in only a half mile. The incline almost touches 30% grade in places so its no joke, however, it leads up to a picturesque pass offering great views of the entire preserve. Continuing over the pass, the trail turns south and continues around the circumference of Piestewa Peak. I found this side to be a bit more challenging as it is much more rocky. When you get about as low as you can it is time for the second climb! The western incline is VERY steep. In just .4 mi. you will climb 400 ft. with grades consistently at 25-30%. At the top of this climb you meet the Summit Trail (#300) and the other 95% of the people parked at the various trailheads. From there you join the conga line of people heading down to the trailheads. From this point, the trail is an old broken up road, so there were large sections of concrete or broken stone forming high steps down the switchbacks back to the trailheads.

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CS Chua reviewed Freedom Trail (#302)
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Hiking

Quite challenging especially w 88 on record. But it was good work out.

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HikingGreat!

Did this trail a couple days ago. The trail is mostly downhill the entire way to the spring/dam, and mostly uphill the way back to the parking lot. Know your limits and bring lots of water!! Not much shade during midday when we went down, but luckily plenty of shade on the way back up when we came up around 6 pm. Signs will tell you that this does not lead to “THE waterfall”, which is technically correct. The road to that trail is unfortunately closed. However, there is still A waterfall on the trail...the dam. Keep on Fossil Springs Trail then at the fork where you can go to the springs on the left or dam on the right, go right. The dam is about a mile further. The water is great and perfect for swimming. Just be careful! People have drowned getting careless. All in all a great trail. We did manage to do it with a 9 year old despite signs not recommending children.

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Nice hike to a beautifully clean stream. If hiking to the waterfall take the “Dam” trail once you reach the canyon bottom. The “stream” trail (AllTrails map) also goes to the same waterfall but is more overgrown. It also leaves you on slick rock above a very dangerous water feature called “the toilet bowl”. A metal sign here warns of the potential of drowning. The Dam trail puts you on the safe side of the falls with easy access to the swimming pool and the trail if you wish to continue hiking.

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Mahesh Krishnan reviewed Inspiration Point
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Awesome trail. Opens only at 5.45am

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Eric Labourdette reviewed Inspiration Point
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Does anyone have a permit for 4/9 4/10 or 4/11. Willing to pay over the cost! Thanks !

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Melody Hulse reviewed Inspiration Point
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Not really a point, just a flatter lookout area to see Tom’s Thumb from this side of the mountain. Nice hike though. More incline the last half mile.

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Karen Pierce reviewed Inspiration Point
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Nice hike. No shade. Great elevation gain. Bathrooms at trailhead.

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*READ THIS* AllTrails says this doesn’t lead to the waterfall, and there are multiple signs along the trail that say it doesn’t lead to the waterfall, BUT IT DOES. DONT LET THESE SIGNS FOOL YOU! BOB BEAR TRAIL HEAD IS THE CORRECT WAY. Also, the permit system seems to be by the honor code. There was no one there to check us in or make sure we did everything correctly, however, the permit system is super cheap and easy and is definitely worth it as a safety measure. Otherwise you could be fined. As far as the hike goes, it was absolutely beautiful hike. Everything says there is little to no shade, but there’s plenty of shade. There are trees lining the trail the entire way, and there are some incredible canyon views along the way! It’s pretty steep in sections so make sure you are wearing proper shoes, and regardless of shade is was pretty hot. Bring tons of water and some sunscreen. Once you’re there though, it’s amazing. A beautiful waterfall with a couple awesome caves, one behind the waterfall, and one down stream about 30-40 yards. And the water wasn’t even that cold! All and all, totally worth it. The uphill hike on the way back up to the parking lot was tough though.

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Does anyone have a permit for April 23rd that they will not be using. I will pay you extra. If so text me at (602) 448-5489

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Ben Brokaw reviewed Freedom Trail (#302)
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Trail had a lot of switchbacks and very little shade (obviously). Dogs are not allowed. We went on a Tuesday afternoon and there were only about 10 people that we passed. Water available at the start of the trail. Trail is well groomed and easy to follow. Took about 2 hours and 10 minutes with frequent stops.

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HikingFeeGreat!No shadeRocky

Not going to lie, i read all the reviews and felt so unprepared. We got there a little bit before 8am, it was chilly (50°), we were dressed for the hot weather. One mile in, we warmed up. The trip down was easy, the only part that we were confused with was when we had to cross the creek/river to continue on the trail on the other side. Once we crossed there is signs pointing you to the right direction. We took the Dam trail (starts after you cross the creek, there is a sign) and encountered wild hogs. It took us 1.5 hours to get to the waterfall, and we were alone for a good 20 minutes before more ppl started to come down. It wasn’t packed, we were able to jump in and enjoy our picnic there. The way back was a little ass kicking, the first two miles are going up the hill, little to no shade so make sure you don’t drink all your water going down, you’ll need it coming up. We made it back to our car in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. We had no issues finding the trail or staying on it, the trail randomly gets rocky but nothing too crazy. Make sure you take everything you bring home, we saw towels on the trail. You don’t need towels, you’ll be dry by the time you get back to your car.

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Chris Humphrey reviewed Freedom Trail (#302)
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Stitch came super early

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9 miles round trip. Hot. But well worth it. Don’t do this hike without 1+ gallons of water. Always see hikers with heat related issues.

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HikingGreat!No shade

Bob Bear @ Fossil Creek from Strawberry -my experience Currently requires a permit 8.5 total miles. 2 hours down, 3 hours up, it is tough on the way out ( experienced hikers in good shape would be 1/2 this) Bring more water or filtration If It says 70 it feels like 85 Not much shade, the direct sun is brutal no matter the temp The swimming holes have strong currents A rescue team takes 90 minutes on average, don’t hesitate to call if you need help This rescue was today, from a simple slip and fall (head trauma) Be careful, bring first aid kits, bring your own shade and bring a friend

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Went on this hike one week ago with my wife. Easy 4.5 miles down from parking lot TOUGH CLIMB back up. Bring healthy food and at least 1 gallon water PER PERSON AT THE VERY LEAST. You will regret it if you don’t! Pros: Waterfall is really NICE and beautiful. Cons: Too many people... NOT FOR ME. Boy Scout troop ruined the relaxation. Also a bunch of people with tents camping close to the falls which just kinda ruins everything. Sorry just being honest. I love people... just not on my hikes. With that said it’s a one and done hike and I’m glad we did it but will never go back.

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HikingBugsFee

Do not take “the springs” trail. Follow The Dam trail. Harder than expected. Full inclined the first two Miles back up. Deff wouldn’t recommend for beginners. Bring extra extra water. 5/5 for the views

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Hiking

Beautiful day. Worth it. We lingered and wandered along the creek at the end.

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Just another day in paradise. 2 hours in, 2 hours out. 2.5 liters of water, sunscreen, hat, water sandals, snacks, hiking boots and a waterproof iPhone makes for an excellent adventure. Trail is rocky and hiking boots give good support for your ankles. Bring poles if you want to take the pressure off your knees.

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Bob Belknap reviewed Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop
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Nice hike! We did it counterclockwise. There was about 300 feet of gain in the 1st mile mostly at the end of that mile, and then a fairly easy loop after that.

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