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Very rocky , Besides that its a good hike

hiking
1 day ago

Wonderful hike up to three spring going through the forest following the Horton Creek with some mini waterfalls all along. Very beautiful scenery, very peaceful and relaxing. This hike is at a moderate level.

It was a beautiful hike! Some very steep incline and loose rocks. Definitely a challenge.

Nice hike, mostly smooth trail surface. Almost had a heart attack a couple times from bikers racing up from behind. Ended up getting back to the car just before dark. Saw no wildlife out today.

A nice challenge to get more difficulty & length than the Gateway Loop. It’s a steady incline for a while until you get to the switchbacks. Although it is steep, there is no “climbing” using your hands so it’s not as hard as other trails. I only saw 8 people today on this trail (after you get past the loop), so that was magical! Took me 3 hours which included a couple of breaks to enjoy views and a snack at the top. Def need good hiking shoes as this is rocky!

hiking
7 days ago

The trail is well marked which was super helpful! The trail is rocky but after looking at the reviews prior to going I anticipated this. Good hiking boots and plenty of water are essential. I absolutely LOVED this hike and will most definitely be back to experience more of this natures wonder!

Great for dogs

This trail is my favorite hike yet. The pine trees and creek are breathtaking. I highly highly recommend you make it to the top - the views are so worth it! It was very windy and chilly at the top and the trail toward the top is not marked. Allow yourself 4-5 hours.

Perfect morning for magnificent views. Not a thing I can complain about on this hike. Trails are in good shape. There are a few rocky spots but nothing too bad. watch for a few spots where the desert has grown into to trail a bit and have a great time.

Great hike today! Relatively easy hike.

One of the best!

hiking
15 days ago

Great 6 mile hike. Lots of rocks on trail, so wear proper footwear!!

hiking
15 days ago

Hardly any signs or markings once you get on Bell Pass to help you gauge where you’re at, and there’s no clear summit or stopping point to turn around if you just want to go out and back. But beautiful views, not crowded, and overall decent hike. Plenty of parking. Took over 2 hrs.

Great hike. Amazing weather and scenery. The hike gets so much better once you link up with the windgate trail and leave the crowds behind on the gateway loop. I recommend going clockwise on this loop. The views over the back side of windgate towards the four peaks area are pristine and the hike from windgate to bell pass is quite and peaceful. Highly recommend this hike. Came out to almost exactly 10 miles on my Apple Watch (5.5 miles back from the point where you meet bell pass trail on the east side of the mountains).

Rocky in some parts and tough climb at end but worth it.

beautiful hike

hiking
22 days ago

great day hike! took our dogs. some areas with loose sharp rocks but great scenery, super nice polite ppl on the trail.

on Butcher Jones Trail

22 days ago

I love this hike. Beautiful views not very difficult! Don’f orget to buy a Tonto pass.

Beautiful!

Pretty easy hike. Other reviewers are right, lots of cacti over the trail, especially at the end. It’s not that hard to navigate safely through it though. Got a lot busier toward 9-10am as we were exiting. Pretty views of the lake and a few tree overhangs but not much other than that.

hiking
28 days ago

Went hiking with wife, kids, and cousin on our first long distance hike of the season to practice building up distance endurance. Only thing that was really disappointing with this trail is how the desert plants are not kept trimmed back from the trail and it can be tricky (and painful) to maneuver through some areas of the trail. Lots of great wildlife to be found along the way and the view of the lake is worth the trip out here. No horses or rattlesnakes today, but my daughter found a tarantula of decent size which was a pleasant surprise for us.

I like to park somewhere in the lots west of 59th Avenue, then proceed east across the bridge over 59th to complete the three peaks, east to west. All of these trails have abundant loose rubble which is hard on the feet in addition to being a slip and stumble factor. However, nice views at each peak, decent hike for being in town, and reasonably good parking.

backpacking
1 month ago

This hike is amazing up to the spring. Past that the trail is extremely hard to follow and steep loose rocks threatened injuries. After about a half mile or so it is well marked with carins up to Rim Road. Even with this app and trail markers I lost the trail several times. Many great spots to camp by and below the spring.

A great adventure. My recommendation is to come early and bring plenty of water. I forgot how much loose rock Thunderbird has, which makes it a less pleasant trek at points. My Fitbit clocked it at 9 miles, so I’m not sure why I varied so much.

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively easy hike, but beautiful scenery. We arrived at around 8:30 in the morning an there were quite a few people already on the trail. Trail was in most parts easy to follow, but not marked that great, worth the trip, would definitely do it again if we are ever in this neck of the woods again.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail today and thought it was amazing. The scenery was stunning and the fall leaves were beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and do it again.

Easy hike with very little elevation gain. Very pretty views of Saguaro Lake and all the coves. We saw a ton of birds and ducks and were a bit startled on the way back when we heard gunshots as apparently it was the start of fowl hunting season (only drawback). We saw a variety of activities on the water from fishing, to boating to paddle boarding but most of the noise and hustle and bustle was limited to the recreation area where you park to access trailhead. I would do this hike again for sure. **Note: Get your $8 parking day pass before-hand so you don’t have to double-back like we did!

what a great trail I definitely will be doing this one again.
It's such a good trail for the family not to easy but not hard at all we had our 4 year old and 6 year old and they did great.
there's a great camping site right at the trailhead, I'm hoping to go camp there and do the entire trail next time. it's a beautiful trail and love the sounds from the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike.

Well kept trail with a good mix of elevations and trails. I found it great for an early morning trail run with very few hikers or cyclists.

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