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We had a little trouble finding the trail head at first, but finally got there. The gravel drive to the tail head threw us a little. The trail head isn't much more than a dirt patch with a mud puddle in the middle so we just parked where we could. No signage but the trail is well maintained and obvious. We hiked up the north side first and there are some sections that are harder than I thought we'd encounter, but overall I'd say moderate is a good description of the trail. The double falls are beautiful and well worth the hike. We came back the south trail which runs along the creek/river and it was so nice. The sound of the water, the fall colors, the smell of the forest, it was awesome. The trail was well marked on that side too. The hike felt longer than described and another person told us it was a little over 4 miles. My husband and I are 58 and 56 and had no problems.

This very easy trail was a pleasure, just a stroll really. There is a beautiful drive to get to the trail head. The facilities include a rest room and picnic area. The out and back walk is a little uneven with roots and rocks, so be a little extra careful in the fall when the path is covered with leaves. The last section down to the falls is a tad tricky but so worth it.

Beautiful and serene with expansive views. Moderately difficult, but nothing the average hiker couldn’t tackle. Can get a little slippery at parts so wear proper footwear. Vey well maintained trail that doesn’t take to long to complete. Gets a little strenuous towards the midway to ending of the trail which will be marked, so watch of out the descent and accent back up as it’s not a loop trial. Overall one of the more beautiful hikes you will take in the valley.

great hike, but be prepared. it is not an easy trail. this loop transitions from a well maintained trail to steep stone steps, to rock hopping across areas where no trail is defined. the stagecoach rd is amazing, when you think of how it was built, hiking up it, know it is a long steep grade on a rock road. the rim trail leaving the stagecoach rd is your typical trail, and easy hiking untill it gets back around to the point it has to cross Collins river. it becomes more difficult there with some rock hopping.

overall I liked it, the camp sites are nice, water is plentiful, while it is not an easy loop, it is not overly difficult. it is well marked.

beautiful trail. towards the halfway point is a steep downhill portion of the trail that you will need to hike back up. bring water and enjoy the view.

So much fun...the sign at the bottom rates this hike as extremely difficult and I would agree with that as you are bouldering for most of it. Challenging but totally worth it...our GPS indicated 10km round trip.

Great trail!

Fantastic! Last part a little tricky but not bad. Wonderful!!!

Sand cave was really neat. White rocks were OK but had a nice view from the top. A decent hike.

Definitely a good workout climbing boulders and straight up in spots. Worth it once you are at the top. Parking at trailhead is a challenge

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail with fantastic views !!! Does not take long so if you are just wanting to get out for a quick hike .... this is perfect

This trail it's self is nothing to talk about, but the falls are decent.

hiking
6 days ago

Super good interval trail. Quick turn around time - under 1.5 hours round trip.

We hiked this clockwise, starting out on Flat Laurel Creek Trail first. Trail was very wet and muddy, due to rains during the week. It was cold overnight, so we saw traces of snow and black ice on some of the rocks. Many parts of Flat Laurel Creek Trail side were trickling water with a lot of rock-hopping. Adding this stretch and making it a loop is a great option instead of just doing the up-and-back of the regular Sam Knob Trail. I actually got 4.7+ miles on my watch, and we did the hike exactly as it shows here. The top of Sam Know affords some of the very best 360 degree panoramic views of the Shining Rock Wilderness anywhere. Black Balsam is very similar, but I have always loved the view on top of Sam Knob.

This is one of my top 5 hikes of all time. It's dog-friendly and has cool, unique features. We went up to White Rocks first and spent some time relaxing and enjoying the view. Then we hiked down to Sand Cave and back to the car. It's not an easy hike, but the payoff makes it more than worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

No hiking staff needed! You'll need both hands to help negotiate many areas, though you're not really "boulder scrambling"... it's more like climbing steep stairs for most of the hike. There are hand rails where you need them. I was glad I wore low cut, light weight hiking tennis shoes as it allowed me to flex and extend my feet for longer strides from rock to rock (ankle supporting, leather boots would have slowed me down on this hike, though that's what I usually wear for hikes). A Camelback (go figure) style hydration backpack is the way to go... keep your hands free!

trail running
7 days ago

Great trail, but a ton of people.

Great hike with incredible views. It’s a challenge but definitely not as hard as the signs suggest. Most of the steep areas have hand rails. Parking is difficult, do it on a weekday if possible.

Gorgeous. Didn’t find it as hard as the trail head signage suggests. Lots of climbing, rock scaling, bouldering type hike versus just a walk.

great cardio workout and great views of North Scottsdale and the city.

hiking
10 days ago

First trail after knee surgery and a heart attack. I made it up to the Chimney Point.

Loved it! Nice and challenging after making the turn to head back. Very crowded, get there early.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail to see fall foliage and we weren’t disappointed. It was gorgeous and we got many beautiful pictures. The forest was ablaze with color and the falls were a treat. Trail is easy to follow. Saw a snake on the way back. I think it was a garter snake.

Not as great as we were expecting. The trail is more of a short walk than a true hike. Very crowded and heavily trafficked.

Fun little loop with streams

Can combine this with Rich Mt beginning @ Rich Mt Rd & create a 12mi loop with plenty of elevation gain & loss. Good for trail running.

Great hike, the top looks amazing, bring water.

Absolutely Beautiful, seeing the cycles of life and death, a humbling experience of Divinity!

Amazing place to spend the day. Cold water and beautiful waterfall. Not very much during the summer though. We took a dog too and had no issues. Lovely place. Kinda hard hike down into the canyon though.

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