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16 hours ago

Just did this oneand had a blast. Has a strong vertical ascent line. It’s not camelback grade but it’s a good solid workout and a lot of fun. There’s an American flag at the top which makes for some fun pics. I will probably do this one again with a weighted vest to crank up the workout.

hiking
21 hours ago

Wonderful hike, gorgeous scenery. Well-marked trail and not too much people traffic. I took the paved road up to the turnaround (tram Stop 9) then continued onto the zigzag trail to get on Phoneline. Stunning views. Definitely raises your heart rate!

Underestimated this hike; started at 9am, 6 hours to The Window (totally worth it) and another 3h 45m descent (hiking the last hour by moonlight and iPhone flashlight). Bring sandwiches.

Wear pants as the trail is super narrow and over grown, not to mention rocky and rugged...and know that every plant out there is sort of trying to kill you.

This was an intense hike! Gorgeous views! I’m assuming hiking sticks are suggested to alleviate some of the leg strain. Don’t discount the altitude gain, I was certainly very winded on the way up by mile 2. Keep all trails map handy, met a few others who’d wandered off trail like we had. In total, our out and back was 10.8miles :) very easy to keep walking and miss the actual trail. Took us less than half the time to go back down-which I didn’t find difficult. Trail is rocky and overgrown. I suggest sleeves/gloves, pants or socks. I slid my hand on a few cactus. Bring tweezers!

Loved the hike.
Went there twice and will do so again next trip.

Good trail hard up easy down

hiking
9 days ago

Great loop with amazing photo opps. Pretty well marked, not that hard - just kinda long. I loved it and ran part of it. I hiked during a weekday and it wasn’t that busy.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike!! This is the “jalapeño” hike in terms of just the right amount of heat for most people... if you want to turn it into a “habanero” you can by running up the hill but the elevation gain is probably just right for less than running. It is steep and rocky so wear solid boots and drop lower becoming more parallel to the trail in the vertical areas... this will help prevent falling/slipping and allow you to maintain pace while also utilizing hand holds on the rocks. A few false summits till you get to the flag and amazing 360 degree views at the top! Glad yesterday was leg day at the gym.... this “enhanced” my experience during today’s hike!!

Definitely a challenge but the homes all around it being built are taking the scenery away from it. Don’t let the short 2.2 miles fool you it is a butt burner.

The road was very rocky, but manageable. It was an excellent hike up, the view was incredible and I would highly recommend this trail to anyone who enjoys a magnificent view. I drove from Glendale and I was impressed, I will totally do it again.

Love the flag at the top!

I have Black Mountain in my back yard. As a local, I can walk to the trailhead and hike to the top - I do this a few times each week. I LOVE this hike, but it is not for the faint of heart. It’s challenging because 85% of the trail is very steep and rocky, making the ascent quite rigorous and the decent tough on the quads and knees. Make sure to stop periodically to drink and stay hydrated - bring enough water....take in the views. On a clear day you can see forever!

hiking
15 days ago

This trail is amazing I was challenged big time !The views are definitely worth it !

hiking
16 days ago

Today we decided to hike up and all the way down to the basin and it was great! Just 9.61 miles. Really nice cz the temperature was perfect!

Black Friday where most people stay in line with their stuff, not us!

hiking
16 days ago

Steep but a good work-out

hiking
18 days ago

In Tucson for a week visiting family and was looking for a challenging and beautiful hike. Started this hike at 7:15 am on 11/21/18. Temperatures were perfect, and I was excited to hit the trail. This meanders through some fenced in areas for the first 3/4 mile to keep you off private property. The first 1.5 is relatively easy, but then it begins to climb dramatically. Trail continually crisscrosses the dry river bank. Keep your eyes open for markers so as not to miss the trail on the other side. What a beautiful trail this is. As you climb, you see so many different climate zones- dry desert, lush desert, high desert, and, finally, mountains. The views are breathtaking all the way to the top. It is close to 5 miles to the intersection of the trail that will take you to The Window Rock and about 6 miles to arrive there. I arrived at my destination at 10:35 after climbing a total of 4100 feet. This trail is no joke. It climbs, and climbs, and climbs. Having hiked the Grand Canyon last Spring, this would be a great training hike. Had some snacks, checked my water (2 liters wasn’t enough), signed the summit register, took some pics, and began the descent. It wasn’t until 2.5 miles away from the trailhead that I ran into my first person of the day. The downhill will wreck your knees- hiking poles highly recommend. I left the top at 11:15 and arrived back at my car at 1:45 tired, sore, and thirsty, but grateful for the experience. Some tips: wear pants - the trail is overgrown and in need of maintenance and your legs will get all scratched up in shorts, bring lots of water - I hiked in fall with mild temps and still wanted more than 2 liters, bring a camera, not recommended for trail running as a majority of the trail is rocky or has unstable footing. All in all, a difficult hike that rewards you with non-stop beauty.

Fantastic! Awesome views south of Tucson and beyond on the way up. If you make the peak, a whole other vista opens up of Mt Lemmon and the Catalinas (as well as the western side of Tucson). While the trail is not that difficult, as others have commented, the ascent can be a butt-kicker (most particularly miles two and three) - have plenty of water if doing this in the heat. Some of the smooth rocky areas get slick in the rain; some degree of washout on trail after heavy rains - use caution. Great, challenging hike though!

OUR PHYSICAL CONDITION, We have been hiking for about 6 years, both retired. I'm mid-66, husband a bit younger. :) We had not done a hike rated this strenuous in a while as I have a rotator cuff tear that I'm scheduled for surgery on. Right now, using a pole in that hand really bothers me. I used 2 poles this hike(recommended). We decided to give this a go and agreed we would only go as far as I could. We ended up going 3.5 miles (7 RT). Which is a bit past Linda Vista. My GPS to this point said the elevation gain was 2850 feet, with most of that in 2.5 miles. Linda Vista would be a good turn around point if you don't want to do the entire trail. Based on the distance we did, I can tell you this trail is more like 10 miles in/out. It is very doable, but don't get to cocky as those slippery places could make you bust your butt, at the least. There is a lot of rock hopping, which requires big, big steps if you are short like me. Always have 3 points of contact when stepping. The first mile or so of the trail is easy so that means you will do most of your ascent in the last 4 miles. There are a couple places it is easy to get off the trail, but if you do, it's easy enough to get back on with a little bushwacking. Overall, the trail is pretty well defined. Once you start climbing, the trail is fun, but a challenge. After mile 1, you won't get a reprieve until about mile 3 (just before Linda Vista) then it is easier, but only for about .2 miles, before the climb starts again. The descent will put a lot of strain on your joints especially the knees. Things that I feel are important: START EARLY (we started at 6:45 a.m.). WATER - we both used almost 3 liters. BOOTS, lug sole is best as some of the hike is on slick rock. FOOD, plenty of snacks and food. Blocks or some other electrolyte replacement. SUNSCREEN, if you start early, you will be shaded most of the way up, but if you don't, you will be in a lot of sun. MAP/GPS. TWEEZERS/FIRST AID, there are some cactus that crowd the trail and we picked out a few stickers. We took our time, as I could take no chance on falling. We did the 7 miles in 5 hours of actual hiking time, but 7 hours total with many stops for pictures, lunch, snacks and just to enjoy nature. TIME, allow plenty so you can enjoy the scenery. I really liked the hike, but was very grateful to hop in the hot tub after.

Awesome hike. Started on mesquite then jumped onto Ford Canyon. Great inclines and flat areas to catch your stride. Fantastic scenery. Watch your step. Nature is everywhere. Huge tarantula on the trail this morning. Later in the morning lots of traffic - even on a Monday. Quiet early. Lots of scat, small animal tracks.

hiking
1 month ago

Came to this trail by mistake. Ended up being a very good workout. Legs felt like barely cooked spagghetti noodles on the way down.

10 miles roundtrip if going to Kimball . 4200 elevation gain. Great hike but be prepared for a tougher hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Really awesome, hard, rewarding day hike. This trail map doesn't take you all the way to the window... that's a 12.8 mile total hike and 4000 ft elevation gain. Once you get get to the end of Ventana Canyon Trail, turn onto Esperero and keep going until you're past the plateau and you get some really big rocks to your right - the window will be right by the trail but is easy to walk by. We took about 8 hours and probably should have taken more than a couple of bottles of water apiece.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. The first 2-3 miles is usually crowded on the weekends. After that, the traffic significantly thins out. Depending on your condition, after the 1st mile from the beginning of the trail head, a might start to feel the inclines. Stick with it and near the end you will be rewarded with a closer view of towers. If you are like me and want more milage and different scenery on the return trip, take the Ford Canyon trail back. The ford canyon trail head will end up a few yards near the beginning of Mesquite trail, if you start at the beginning of the trail. Be cautious, Ford Canyon is even more isolated than the end of the Mesquite trail and has large boulders that you will have to navigate over and around. Great distance combination trails.

It is a great workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep trail at first with loose rocks. Cardio ❤️
I enjoyed this trail, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. I love Arizona

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail,, lots of running water down in sabino creek.. even saw big horn sheep this time.. awesome views!!

BE CAREFUL!!!!! CAR BROKEN INTO!!!

We got our car broken into over this last weekend. I was in town visiting my wife and they stole everything I brought for the trip, as we were staying the night in Tucson. They even stole the bottom halves to my convertible north face pants. If you see someone wearing just the bottom halves, either they miss the 90's leg-warmer look or they may be the guy I'm looking for.... Just keep a watch out for each other when down there. We never would have thought we'd get broken into as the trail parking is in a very nice area. Once again, just raising the trumpet of warning.

The trail itself is real good. Certainly steep but doable, even for my sea-level living lungs. We did go on a good evening, if nothing else.

This really is a great trail but the first mile is stright uphill, and since its out and back, the last mile is straight down, tough on the ankles and the pups.

hiking
1 month ago

this app isn’t working for me..it keeps flipping to the pro version which i don’t want

went up the trail 5 miles. still 2 miles from making the window. trail is pretty tough. took me 5 hrs 10 min to do 10.07 miles. there wasnt a ton of water flowing at the maiden pools but there was a good amount a couple more miles up. definitely going back and making it to the window.

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