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Your glutes and calves will burn!
but it's an amazing site to see 4 miles down. The Spring is fantastic to explore. Bring a hammock to hang & perhaps even a float!
Warning: our doggy suffered ripped paw pads and he's a malinois. We had to carry out a 70 pound dog in a backpack.

Completed the trek down in 1.5 hours.
Completed the trek back up (3/4 of trail is uphill) in 2 hours 15 min.
I think I'm slow compared to the guys i hike with, but we kept pace quite fast, passing some hikers on our way out.

Great hike. The trail has been well done in order to remember the 19 lost. If you’re in the area it’s a must. Started the hike first thing in the morning to avoid the heat. Glad I did. We took our time to read every plaque and completed the hike to the memorial site in 4 hrs and 15 min.

This proved to be a little more of a hike than I thought it would be, that being said we still knocked it out in 2 hours and 47 minutes. It’s very touching and well worth the work getting there.

A good challenging hike in the summertime. Last time I was here, I only did the loop and Dixie Summit.
This time I did both summits and the loop. Started getting a little hot and worn out towards the end of the hike, but it was worth it. A lot of good up and down on this one and pretty scenery. Just watch out for all of the Cholla cactus!

Coming from 620’ above sea level, this was a real challenge. Glad we had 1 day in Flagstaff before making the trek. Had to make lots of stops along the way, in total took approx 7hr 4min (including stops). Well worth the hike, beautifully breathtaking. Would do again in a heartbeat!

Tough hike. Views at the summit are worth the trip.

great quick trail- just outside of the hussle!!

hiking
6 days ago

Hard but definitely doable hike if you pace yourself. Lots of friendly people on the trail. The first time we went in June, it was super windy at the top. The most wind I have ever experienced. But last weekend in September, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. September is the month to go. Beautiful views even though there was a fire near Sedona that clouded up our views for a bit.

hiking
7 days ago

I did this trail, and summited for the 8th or 9th time, a few days ago. Perfect weather day. Trail is in decent shape. Wet roots and rocks at about miles 1.25 to 3.00 make for slick conditions. Strong winds and extreme cold past the saddle; at least the winds kept the black flies away. Warm clothing including neck, head and hand gear will improve your comfort level. Too many dogs off leash for my liking!

hiking
8 days ago

This hike can be as hard as you make it. I’m not in the best hiking shape but I made it to the top. I hiked at a pace that I didn’t get too winded or burn my legs out, in other words very slowly. 5 hours up, 3 hours down. Lots of roots, rocks and people on the trail but everyone was friendly. Enjoy the highest peak in Arizona.

Hard hike. Elevation changes.

Well maintained trail. The ending isn’t the most scenic and the day was particularly rough because of controlled burns . Last part is tough

Nice short hike, Gorgeous view clean bathrooms.

hiking
9 days ago

6 hours from snow bowl to summit and back amazing trail and definitely deserves the Hard category

Beautiful on the way down, strenuous hike on the way up. In actuality, it's a total of 10 miles round trip.
Here are some helpful tips:
- don't take your dog unless it's in good shape and you bring it booties for its paws. The trail is VERY rocky and tore up our little girls pads :( we also had to take a lot of breaks for her in the way up. If you do bring your dog, make sure you have a bowl, and plenty of water for cooling body temp and drinking.
-take enough water for the way down. I'd say 2 liters per person. When you get down to sign that says dam (right) springs (left) go right to the dam which will take you to the waterfall. On you're way out, go back toward the spring to fill up your water supply. YOU WILL NEED IT GOING UP. The water bubbles straight from the earth and is the best water I've tasted. It's not that far back... it's off to the right, you'll see it feeding into the springs from underground- very cool!
- start early! It'll take time coming up and you'll want to spend time swimming, etc. We hit the trail at 9am, got to the bottom around 1130 (we had dogs and kids), left at around 1pm and didn't reach the top until 4. But again, took several breaks to water our dogs, kids and selves.
- watch for Rattlesnakes! Stay to the middle of the trail when you can, and be aware. My friend almost got bit, but was able to jump outta the way. Beautiful 2 yr old rattler off to the side sunbathing, but could have been the end to a beautiful day.
- I cannot stress enough- water, water and more water, especially if bringing pets. They get thirsty and their body temps rise quickly. Ensure you keep you're pup alive if bringing. Our 5 yr old barely made it out. Might take her again, but with booties next time.
-kids do ok, they'll slow you down a bit, but as long as they have enough to drink they'll do great and absolutely LOVE swimming under the cave.
Water is cold, refreshing, and perfect in September. Best time of the year to go, in my opinion.
We'll be back!

backpacking
9 days ago

Would have given more stars but.......
If you follow the trail it is difficult, hot 100+, uncovered, and long stretches without water. At what appears to be the end of the trail, the way down to the creek is extremely unsafe (with a full pack) requiring navigation over a narrow ledge and 20ft drop.
If you follow the creek it is slow going and your battling loose rock, deep pools, bushwhacking through tons of poison ivy and spider webs, fallen wood and twigs which create trip hazards, and encounters with wildlife like snakes and spiders.
Next time I’ll check out the east entrance to the canyon and see if it is easier. The camping is great. Encountered many other people on the trail and deep in the canyon. I would do this again when the weather cools off. This would be a great hike 20-30 degrees cooler. Bring a fishing pole. Saw many large trout swimming in the deeper areas.

Amazing Hike with Amazing Views! Nice clean bathrooms with a tarantula visitor that got rescued from Parks and Recreation...so cool to see!!!

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Clearly not the easiest. Last time I did it, it was almost winter and got lost in the snow. This time around, path was really clear.
It does get hard when almost at the top, due to the lack of oxygen. Next time, i will bring one of those portable oxygen little bottle.
Trail can get crowded, but if you go early in the morning, it is usually good.

surfing
10 days ago

I can’t say I really cared for this trail much. I’ve literally never seen so many people on a trail in my life-ever
The hike itself was ok-nothing great. I don’t think it was difficult or overly strenuous at all. The only difficult thing I found was moving to the side of the trail to let people go by that were coming down as I was going up. I must have moved 100 times. I won’t be going back, this isn’t a trail I would recommend going to.

Nice views going up. Very steep - took us 5 hours up & back 5 miles to the cell towers ( didn't realize that was the destination!). It's called a "lookout" not a "scenic lookout" for good reason - the buzzing towers make you want to head right back down. But views on the way up were better. Tho steep, the footings were good.

Great hike and view at the top! Make sure you climb all the way to the top of the tower if it’s open. 1st mile of the trail I would give an easy-moderate rating. Second mile is significantly more difficult (lots of loose rocks and high steps). Went the first week of September and there were tons of yellow wildflowers lining the trail.

11 days ago

Did last saturday. i took 4 hours to go up and 3 hours to came down. it's pretty neat trail and had awesome experience.

hiking
12 days ago

Well-marked, a good workout, and a brilliant view at the end. Go up the lookout tower at the top if it’s open! I don’t love finding radio/cell towers at the top, but the lookout tower made it worth it.

What a beautiful hike through the woods. So peaceful, and then beautiful views at the top. I clocked this at more like 9.5 miles, with the last bit to the lookout (go up the tower if it’s open). An unexpectedly wonderful hike - did this on a whim as I headed back to Phoenix.

hiking
13 days ago

Although not the longest in terms of miles nor the highest peak I've climbed, I found this hike to be the most demanding and toughest to date. From the Snow Bowl trail head I took the Humphreys Peak Trail upon entering the woods you immediately encounter the terrain you'll be hiking for the next three miles or more which will consist of lots or rocks and step-ups, tree roots and a continuous climb through the forest until you hike above tree line and reach the saddle (where the Humphreys Trail and Weatherford Trail meet. You are completely open and exposed to the elements at this point. Be prepared, dress in layers and bring additional clothing such as gloves, winter hat, jacket, wind breaker. From the saddle to the summit you'll follow the trail along the ridge (look for wood poles marking the trail). The climb gets steeper and more rockier as you encounter multiple false summits. Press on, take frequent rest/breathe breaks and keep hydrated as you continue your trek to the summit. Trail head to summit - 3 hr 10 min - 4.91 miles and I'm a a 63 yr old, fit male. Tips: Sign In and Sign Out - The Humphreys Trail register is about a 1/2 mile in from the trail head. Go at a pace that is comfortable for you...the summit will be there when you get there. You want to finish the race. Eat something before the hike as you'll need the energy, bring snacks to eat along the trail or at the summit for the hike back down. Take your time and watch your footing heading back down from the summit to the saddle or for that matter till you get back to the car which could not come soon enough. It's all worth it. Enjoy your hike and the views from the summit.

Eagle nest were amazing

Great hike and workout, especially if you add additional weight.

A very nice hike. Was a challenge for my aging body. My app set the distance at 7 miles without adding the short hike to the spring. It was straight up to the top of the rim. No spectacular views from the sperspective at the top. But beautiful coming up the canyon. In September the temperature was 90 by mid morning but it was a lot cooler up at the top. The trail is well marked with reflectors on the trees. The second half of the climb is steep and rocky. Coming down there were sections that felt like skiing down the scree.

trail running
15 days ago

Hard core- have to power hike on the way up anywhere north of 11,000 ft. b/c THERE’s NO AIR at this altitude ! Good times though!!!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike! You go down, down, down and more down to the waterfall which was hard on my hips. Also meant you will be going up, up, UP all the way back!! Like everyone else said bring LOTS of water and save most for the way out. I filled my hydro at the waterfall. The water is crystal clear, cold and moving quickly so its fine. I'm still alive after drinking! I wet a towel there and wrapped on my neck for the way back. That helped a lot. I wouldn't recommend kids or dogs going, but they could do it if in good condition. We left our kids and dog home and were very happy we did so. Its very very rocky so you have to be constantly looking down so you dont trip. The group I was with are all in very good shape. We gym several times a week and hike a lot and the next day we could hardly move! The way out seems like never ending and gets tough with all the rocks. Take your time. Get there early and bring lots of water and snacks. You won't regret it!
There is a ranger there checking permits, so make sure you have one and its for the correct lot.

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