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How many actually do the whole thing? Not many. Nobody I know. Not even SAHC. I love going to the falls.

Huge saguaros. Not many people on the trail.

hiking
5 days ago

What an awesome trail, vault mine trail is a steep one if going up, we did it going down so it was ok.. we saw no bear but lots of bear poo on the trail, fresh and not so fresh!! Will do this again but going up vault mine next time!! Great hiking with you again,, happy dance, happy hike!! ❤️

Started early becuz there is no shade. Beautiful views and green thanks to the monsoons

This is a challenging hike and it covers 11.5 miles one way. It can be hiked year round, but this is actually too hot to hike in its lower elevations during May through September when temperatures often reach well above 100 degrees in the afternoon. The trail begins at the Javelina Picnic area and ends at Cowhead Saddle. Total elevation gain is over 4000 feet one way. The high point is Tanque Verde Peak. The views from the top are wonderful. Many people just do a day hike from Javelina Picnic area to Tanque Verde Peak and return to the Javelina Picnic area (for a round trip total of 17.9 miles).

It has been awhile since we have hiked. Really loved the views. It was not overly congested with people.

Awesome! Wear your best boots and bring bug spray! Enjoy!

Very scenic hike - from the perspective of the mountains themselves, the breathtaking views from elevation, and the vegetation. Not difficult from a climbing perspective, but a long slog with virtually no shade (was like a long cool drink of water when a cloud passed over on the way back) - recommend doing in early morning or when temps are a little lower.

make sure you bring you water. no shade. will definitely come back in the winter/spring when the falls are more than a dribble.

trail running
1 month ago

Great quick trail. I was trying to trail run and I don't do that often, so it was a little rocky for me, but easy to walk when I needed to. Beautiful scenery and even saw a mule dear. Highly recommend.

Trail isn’t well maintained, cactus overlapping on trail in many parts.... wasn’t enjoyable....wont do again.

Good trail for running. A little rocky in some parts but overall gently sloping hills

Beautiful trail. Hiked it this morning and the views were great. Make sure to have water.

It was more than moderate.... I thought it was a tough hike.

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with lots of potential wildlife sightings. Went last weekend and saw a Ringtail! Tried to find him again today but no luck. Saw him near an overlook at just under the first mile mark.

MY GPS TOLD ME THIS HIKE WAS 11.6 MILES NOT 7.5 MILES. The elevation gain was also about 2600 feet.

Hiked down into the gulch and back up. It took a little over 5 hours. When parking at the summit, head north on the road past the gate, and immediately after the first comm tower, turn left onto the service road. When the first split comes, take a left for Lemmon Rock Trail south. Take that for the first 3.5 miles to where it splits and the train begins to go north-east, or south-west. Take the southwest route until it dead ends into Mount Lemmon Trail #5, and continue north.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. As some of the other reviewers stated we also ran into a mountain bike rider. However very nice and shared the space with no problems. We started the hike with other hikers on the trail however there are so many off-shoots to this trail we ended up not seeing any other hikers. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. There is not a lot of shade so the temps can get warm. Plan on hiking early and bring lot's of water.

One of the tougher trails in the Tucson area. The cooler option hangs a left and back-countriez up to the gaurd above finger rock.

Steep at times and the heat can make it that much more challenging. Bring plenty of water, take breaks, and be ready to be in the sun the entire time. Levels off after a while and the hike is easier. Headed towards the falls, but they had dried up. Some great views on the way back down.

nice quick hike.

I’ve been doing this trail for 10 years never disappoints. Easy and great to take friends on.

Not hard at all! Good distance and moderate incline but not too steep at all. We were a group of 5 (one of which had never hiked before. My friends 18 year old daughter) she had to take a few breaks but all in all great hike! Got lucky and had some rain yesterday so all the waterfalls/streams were running nicely. Didn’t get a lot of shade though...make sure you bring sunscreen! :)

This is a wonderfully hard and satisfying uphill hike! It is 10 miles total. I’ve never seen horses on this trail nor would it be a good trail for them. 4,200’ of elevation gain.

Incredibly beautiful trail but All Trails messed up big time on this one. Just read Cati Piorkowski’s review from 2017. She explains perfectly. Basically, this is 12.6 miles and *difficult*, not 7.8 miles, nor moderate as stated here. That’s two major errors. Folks are planning trips around the info provided here. This hike takes the better part of the day to complete. We ran out of water and, ending with the western portion of the loop, the incline was so steep and so tough. The fact that it was a June afternoon didn’t help, but I’m young and athletic and my body was just beat after this hike. In the summer, start at dawn and carry at least two liters H2O.

Met a bear on the last .8 section to the parking lot. He was polite and waited until we passed

Did this trail a yr ago and damn it’s a hard trail but so well worth it,, sad there was no water running like last yr!!

Great trail, but definitely longer than listed. Be sure to have extra water and sunscreen this time of year (June) as there are some long stretches without shade and some steep inclines. Views are stunning.

It was really hot. I drank all my 2 liter of Mt. Dew and was really thirsty, and I didn't have any Sour Patch Kids

Very enjoyable, fun trail run. I'd say a moderate rating is more apt than difficult. 4/5 Sour Patch Kids.

One of my favorites in the Tucson area. June 1 and other than meeting two early birds on the way down, had the trail to ourselves. Started at around 9am ...97 degrees. Lots of “stairs” and this is a leg workout. Logged 6 Miles in a little under three hours.

No water at falls this time of year. Great hike though! I need to do this in the wet season.

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