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walking
20 hours ago

A bit crowded by the beaches but nice walk under the trees.

one of my favorite trails

There is no marked trail below the canyon. Just climb between the rocks. A little dangerous but funny. When I went there, the fall is very small, but the pool under the fall is still very beautiful.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked this yesterday around 7am before the heat. Starts with a few switchback to get you down to the riverbed. This is the driest I've seen this trail. There's water puddles here and there, with some trickling water. The lower water level does allow for easier climbing and route choice. Take your time on the final accent as you either go straight up the rock face or around the side. There's still plenty of stagnant water at the falls but no actual waterfall, which is a little disappointing, still a beautiful canyon though.

Awesome trail. Came across a rattler between the parking lot and the trailhead, so keep your eyes peeled. The initial descent is gradual, when you get to the river bed it’s fairly easy going except a few spots require some climbing over rocks. We had our 7 yr old walking with us and 10 month old in our Deuter III. There were a few larger rocks in the river bed that provided adequate shade for breaks for snacks. Unfortunately, with the kids progress was slow, starting the hike at 7 am, we turned back around around 830 due to the heat. I’m not sure if we would have been able to make it much further with the child carrier on anyway. All in all, a great hike, I hope one of these days once it get cooler we’ll be able to finish without having to worry about the heat.

If you like hordes of people with kids and dogs running loose then this is your hike!

Saw a rattlesnake, lizard, and tarantula. Very easy for kids but we were spooked from the rattlesnake. Great signs to describe the mammoth sites! Would do it again!

Great easy hike. I won’t be doing this trail again only because it was too easy for me and there wasn’t any running water at the time. Also heard it’s packed when the water really starts to flow. Other than that I’d recommend it to anyone who is just starting off hiking or wants to get in a little cardio on the way back up.

No water yet. We found tadpoles in some small puddles. Make sure you bring extra water. Very fun and easy hike. Can’t wait to go back! My 8 year old did great

Just hiked this trail on the 24th . No running water, just some standing pools; despite that it was an absolutely beautiful hike. Watching the sunrise over the mountains as you're in the canyon makes getting up really early worth it!

Great lollipop trail. We went clockwise one the loop. Climb was difficult and decent was steep. Great views, nice change of scenery, cool breeze.

I’m sure it’s a great trail, but you cannot make it to the trailhead without a high clearance vehicle. High clearance + 4x4 would be ideal. This should be included in the description.

Beautiful views! Yes you do need to cross the creek to get the best views and experience. Sit on a rock and let your feet dangle in the water rushing over rocks. One of my favorite Sedona experiences. It can be slippery, but hold on and go slow. So amazing! It’s worth the entrance fee and you’ll get the best pictures and make unforgettable memories!

hiking
2 months ago

Very lovely creek! We saw many cows in this area.

Nice easy hike along the river. Arrive early on weekends, parking lot fills up fast.

First off, let me say the view from the summit is one of the best in Southern Arizona. This trail is shaded most of the way, so that definitely helps. There are a ton of switch backs and a lot of elevation gain so bring a TON of water. It was one of the more challenging hikes I’ve completed but definitely worth the 6 hours my three friends and I spent in Madera Canyon.

I went alone and close to sunset. The view was amazing and very peaceful. The location feels like you’re driving to the middle of nowhere but the directions took me straight to the trailhead. I’d definitely do it again when I have more daylight to explore further.

Fantastic hike, definitely would not call this a moderate hike. And it is closer to 11.6 miles if you come down super trail from Josephine Saddle.

This trail was a gem. shaded most of the way. I would rate this as hard if you stick to the Baldy trail but it is nice to have the option of the super trail going back down. as always start early. I took 3l and did fine.

2 months ago

Nice hike along the creek.

Steep hike up to the cave entrance, but totally worth it to explore the cave! Well marked switchback trail with steps. The cave is about a 30’ scramble down to get in and then easy to wander all the way to its end (600’ back). Great stalagmites and stalactites (unfortunate that people over the years have snapped off most of the smaller ones from the ceiling. Grrrrrr). Even with outside temps of 85°, it is a cool 68° in the cave year-round.

Lights: we used headlamps (and brought two flashlights for backup). Definitely needed them. The cave is pitch black - your cellphone flashlight will NOT be enough.

Our favorite hike currently. Difficulty depends on the water level. We can bring the dog! Some climbing required if water is high. Fun and beautiful.

It was a scenic little hike. It was fairly easy for the kids (they didn’t swim it was pretty crowded) the only negative was the wait to get in to the park to park.

Very tired but worth it. The sight on the top is excellent!

Awesome trail - well maintained and easy to follow. I started late around 9:40am on a cool May day with 68F at the trailhead when I parked. Took the Super trail up and made the summit in 3h17m, then went back down Old Baldy trail. 12.1 miles according to my GPS and definitely more than the trail description says.

Says dogs are ok but if you want to climb the boulders may be best to leave your dog home. If your dog loves boulders - of course- bring him ;)

Third time to the top. Awesome trail, many birds and turkeys today.. felt weird to hike on a Tuesday but was so worth calling in sick to work today!! I feel awesome after this long hike!!

Took my dog we had a tiny scare, of course some other dogs were off leash but were super friendly (my dog is not). There was water but the river is not active. Definitely go at an earlier time sun is blazing when you go back uphill to the trail head. Other than that loved it!

Enjoyed the trail Great Views great Swim for the kids Very Pet Friendly

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