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Nice trail. Go all the way up first and then head east, and come around..

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike. We are beginners and couldn’t make it all the way to the top...elevation was the challenge for us. Great views and we will be back to try again when cooler!

Great Morning Birthday Hike on 9-7-2018 with my friend Enas! One of my favorites! Helped out a fellow female hiker with a bottle of water and some snacks. Safety First Peeps!!!

Good hike pleasant view at the finish. Not unusual to see a snake.

I am a very novice hiker. I would call myself a walker really. I only did part of this trail. After the inclines at the beginning I would say it is fairly easy. Some ups and downs. nothing I couldn't navigate. I went before the sun came over the mountain. I am looking forward to working up to doing more. This is a great location in the neighborhood.

hiking
23 days ago

Easy to moderate trail. Girlfriend and I had no issues getting up or down. Virtually no shade until you get close to the mountain. Trail is well maintained and path easily identified. Up and down in a little less than two hours.

hiking
24 days ago

I really liked this hike. Not strenuous yet still got a good workout in. The views of all the different species of cacti were awesome. Went around 730ish and the mountain kept the sun behind it so it was shaded and breezy the entire way up! Very nice to have cool air hitting you on a trail especially in AZ! Trail is pretty well marked and is fun to follow. Kicked a stray cactus into my leg so be careful of anything laying on the ground ha!

Felt longer than it was, a little challenging but definitely doable for even my 3 year old who is a champ! Bringing enough water is key, really for all hikes but this one for sure. View from the top made it all worth it and looking back at the accomplishment once we were back down is uplifting :)

hiking
26 days ago

Great morning hike

i did this tail about a year ago. the first half of the loop was fun but after the decent, well, i didn't expect to be knee deep in creek. i had a friend with me who very much did not like the second half of this trail.

Very beautiful hike. I did the 2.7 mile loop and it was amazing. Lots of uphill/downhill that I wasn’t aware of but everything went great. Trails were easy to follow thanks to AllTrails!

Although this is a decent hike overall; I didn't like that the first part of it has you walk along a powerline. That reminder of civilization annoyed me, as I hike purposely to unplug and get away from civilization.
But the Balanced Rock itself is cool, as is the hike around it.

Good hike with kids. As with all AZ hikes, bring water! There were bees at the summit when I was there so watch out. The "caves" aren't really caves. But its fun anyway.

Fun trail! Not a moderate hike in my opinion, more on that easier side. There is a gate entry fee of $7.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Morning Hike! We beat the heat :) Good Times!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing!!! Beautiful views and clean bathrooms!

not much of a challenge.. had to jog it or venture off and go up mountain side without paths just to feel my heart rate increase. Over all pretty though.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail saguaros were great!!

trail running
2 months ago

Please be careful if you do decide to attempt this counter-clockwise.

I made the mistake of assuming this will be a reasonably moderate adventurous run (since I'm very familiar with the trails around here and am often found there when not working). The trail is washed out so you'll be bouncing left and right across the creek quite often. It gets slippery at certain parts (when most of the rocks have algae / moss). If you're careful and have good traction shoes, that part can be doable. But please be careful! Now when I hit the artificial waterfall, I didn't see anything there (I somehow missed the rope leading up the wall). I instead traced back 0.1mi and found a way to scramble up on the left side to what seemed to be a trail. I had tried to go somewhere on the right but the gates were all locked up and my mab showed that left side was reasonable. But I think the trail I ended up on was abandoned, since it ended. I slipped at one point and kept on sliding. Managed to find a way to hold on to branches, and out of fear of falling kept going up, holding on to whatever I can (which is hard given that there were only a few degraded sandstone pieces that were breaking off, a minimal amount of branches, and lots of dead leaves.) Ended up needing rescuing. Never thought I would ever need that in my life, and certainly not in my backyard.

I admit my decision-making seems off (fear does wonders), but please be careful and don't underestimate this path. And as people suggested, perhaps try to go clockwise or go with a few friends so you can keeo each other in check and not get lost / hurt.

Enjoy the trails and be smarter than me!

Great hike, and beautiful scenery. We were able to enjoy a rare rainy day in June. I can't understand why people will not clean up after their dogs, the trail had alot of dog crap on it.

Excellent

hiking
3 months ago

If you like rock scrambling, continue on past the wind cave! Very fun but definitely some climbing

3 months ago

Hiked to the cave on April 30 2018 beautiful morning nice trail

hiking
3 months ago

The wind cave itself was an interesting feature but if you want to make the most of this hike then go past the cave and up to the summit. It does not take much longer and the views were amazing!! I don’t know why other people don’t do this.

hiking
3 months ago

There is nothing moderate about this hike. Lots of people all the time. It seems people stay here overnight. If you want to enjoy this hike, go there at night in the Summer. Otherwise early morning.If you do not stop to rest or drink water this is a great workout.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy up and back. Sadly, not worth the $7 entry fee. We were super excited about this hike, but were slightly disappointed once we reached the “cave”. Left much to be desired ...

Beautiful trail. Much 10% grade. I only did from parking to elephant mountain trailhead. I started around 7:30 and should have started earlier to make the whole route. Next time

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Was a little unclear where the trail was in places/where the trail actually ended...? But besides that was great trail with awesome views! Would recommend for people of all skill levels (the end is a bit tough for all levels but could just stop before the end).

hiking
3 months ago

Outstanding trail

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