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rocky
4 hours ago

This one kind of wiped me in the way down. Maybe because it was a midday hike and I was slight tired. Nonetheless beautiful hike and next time I’m going All the way around.

11 hours ago

excellent climb

on Young Man Trail

11 hours ago

same elevation at Squaw Peak, with way less people.

hiking
19 hours ago

Super easy and short trail. Great for a family hike.

Great hike! Definitely not for beginners and please don't bring your dog(s) if you plan on going all the way to the summit. Stick to the left on the way up. Views were amazing.

hiking
muddy
no shade
1 day ago

First time hiking this loop. Muddy in sections after recent rains. All easily passable. Excellent, beautiful hike. Personally, I would not call this hike primitive or difficult and I am just of average fitness. Trails are VERY used and well defined. We hiked counterclockwise, which climbs faster and gets you up to Elephant Mountain faster, with a nice gradual descent back to the parking lot. Most people seem to go up clockwise and return the same way. Note that the route up to the "summit" is posted "AREA CLOSED" but everyone goes up anyway. 360 degree views are awesome. Also note that this summit is NOT Elephant Mountain, which is the tall mountain peak just to the west. My GPS said 3342' and 7.6 miles from the parking lot. I'd definitely hike this again in the same direction, CCW... easier on the knees.

backpacking
2 days ago

Good initial trail all up hill. Camped on the mountain after the trail split to the falls. Set up our tents then scrambled to the falls that were trickling. If you see the juniper tree camp site open, grab it up because it is by far one of the best spots and makes hiking out much easier as well

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

AllTrails should probably update their rating system and include expert level, because this one would definitely be that. I didn’t feel this was so much a hiking trail as it was a rock climbing trail. You were using all fours for a good majority of the last mile. That being said I’m from the Midwest and am an average hiker at best and I did feel overmatched by this trail but a more experienced hiker may feel right at home. Be sure to pack water and maybe a snack or two. Also the notion that dogs are allowed on the trail is absurd. A dog can maybe handle the first mile and a half but after that it’s impossible for a dog to go on this trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail! We moved at a decent pace and it took about 2 hours (in and out).

Nice trail all the way

moderate for sure.

Awesome hike! As a pretty experienced hiker, this trail was difficult because of the lack of markers. Easy to lose your way if you are not looking up to find blue and white dots throughout. Amazing views at the top! When in doubt, stay left on the way up. Gloves would be very helpful for the way down as you are rock climbing down for the first mile descend. Not for someone who is afraid of heights or is a nervous hiker. Definitely recommend this bad boy if you are in the Mesa/Phoenix area!

Great long hard hike. Best done in cool weather as it is hot and steep! There are sections of climbing and scrambling back down, not for the nervous hiker.

Really demanding hike. Come prepared with plenty of water and hiking boots. There are times where you will face 20ft rock climbing walls. This is not a breeze in the Park but easily doable with some common sense. Heavily traffic at times. The only downside is that a lot of the trail markers are not as legible anymore or non existent in places hence why I gave it 4 stars. Beautiful 360 views. This hike is definitely a worthy feeling of accomplishment when completed. Don't give up and just go slow. Cheers.

Beautiful lake views with moderate elevation gain. Can’t wait to try this one in the spring when the flowers bloom.

Trail starts at first parking lot on the right on First Water Road, just off Apache trail #88. Picks up Jacobs trail, the crosscut trail, then up to the Praying hands. This is the steepest part of the trail. Once at the Praying Hands continue east towards the Massacre Grounds trail. There is a nice ridge just below a cave that is used for camping, then down through the Slot Rock. From here a steady trail down to the parking lot.

hiking
5 days ago

Pretty decent hike, nice if you like flat hiking for several miles before ascending. A little tricky to find the trail to start going up, but we used the GPS marker on the trail map (AllTrails) to back track when we accidentally passed it. Kept us on route

Beautiful trail with many hops over the creek. I did this trail during winter and was a bit icy.

Butcher Jones trail hugs the perimeter of lovely Saguaro Lake. Steep, rugged slopes and colorful peaks are a gorgeous backdrop to the glistening water. Along with fabulous views we saw a variety of water fowl - loons, buffleheads, ring necks, ruddy ducks, and of course, ridiculous coots. The last mile—a cut across between two arms of the river-lake —we happened on an opening with many active gnatcatchers, bushtit, cactus wrens and black phoebes.

Awesome hike! Definitely not for beginner hikers but not terribly difficult either. Trail isn’t marked too well — when in doubt go to the left. Took about 3 hrs to get up and back.

Great hike if you don’t have all day but still want to feel accomplished. Good workout, average 2-3 hours round trip.

awesome trail with lots of scrambling up rocks. Probably my favorite hike so far in Sedona

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is very challenging due to its steepness and rockiness. Beautiful views but those can be had elsewhere in Sedona - this is for the strenuousness. The trail is mostly chapparal and cacti. Someone claimed to have gotten up top in one hour and down in 40 minutes - anyone who has hiked the trail knows the 1 hour ascent time is virtually impossible and running down is definitely impossible due to the steepness and rocky terrain (noted just as a warning because this hike is the real difficult deal and you should plan accordingly). On the other hand if you are in superior shape from regular aerobic exercise (including altitude acclimation, the top is at 6,500 feet) you should be able to complete it in 3 to 3.5 hours, longer in the summer. The five hours noted at the trailhead would be appropriate for someone not accustomed to the altitude or regular aerobic exercise.

hiking
7 days ago

LOVED IT!! So many beautiful sights, it changes up a lot, moderately challenging. My only complain is that the end of the Holbert Trail is nothing really worth working for, but the first 85 percent of the trail is great.

Not too busy, the hikers are all polite. I really appreciate this trail being here. I will be back

Awesome hike with great views! I saw a few pets and I wouldn’t recommend them as it’s very steep at points.

hiking
7 days ago

Real nice hike with super views. Bring your camera! Definitely moderate as the trail is narrow with rocks and lots of ups and downs. Recommend walking sticks. Be sure to arrive at trail with the Tonto Pass. Restrooms available in parking lot.

Challenging to say the least. Views are spectacular all the way up. Caution on the way down. Recommend gloves for the last mile.

Super cool trail. Definitely one of the toughest I’ve ever done. Allow yourself the full 5 hours that it says it takes if you plan to do the whole trail. Only 4ish miles round trip but lots of elevation and strategy involved. Also, so many great places to stop and take it all in. There were 3 or 4 times that we thought we were at the top and realized we had quite a ways left. Once at the top, there is a sign that says “End of Trail”. Totally worth the hike. I 100% recommend it!

Wow!! Loved this hike! Can't wait to go back!

Really enjoyed this hike! Did it back in May, started early and was able to avoid the harsh heat. Challenging parts, and the views were worth it.

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