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Summer Spring was beautiful and not too busy. The cliffs rise up with a mix of red rock and limestone. There are places to wade into and areas to jump when the water is deep enough. The trail is easy to follow and is partially shaded. The area has lots of massive overturned trees, rock formations, washes, and creek accesses to explore. We also crossed the river towardPackard Trail. Cairns show the way but areas are overgrown and depending on water flow crossing the creek might require some creativity. Road in was long but passable with a sedan.

hiking
14 hours ago

The views on this trail were absolutely breathtaking. Suggest you go early. Starts getting busy around 8am.

hiking
18 hours ago

Beautiful view...if you can get it all to yourself. It was absolutely PACKED when we got to the top. Way too touristy! There was an actual line of like 15 people waiting to get “their perfect photo” on the bridge.
The hike was short and I would say easy. I was disappointed as I thought it would be more difficult or longer. The end has steps up to the top but other than that It was an easy leisure hike.

hiking
1 day ago

We looked for an easy hike for beginners and it was as expected. Easy, beautiful and simple.

Beautiful hike. Cliff jumping is great! Word to the wise when the trail says cross the river don’t... go to your left and follow the river bed. It will take you to the swimming hole. If you go over the river you’ll continue on Bell Trail with some good elevation climbing into the forest. This spot is great if your training for a big hike or going for distance and want to see more of the canyon! Super Beautiful but be aware it’s dry and literally continues on forever. We went three miles past the river mostly incline.

We had a jeep and were able to drive in to avoid walking the dusty trail in. The view from the top was amazing and a must to go on the bridge and take some pics!

It was a nice view worth the hike. Went 9/23 started @ 930 finished @ 1230 sat up there for about 40 minutes to see the view & snack. The inclines can be a little tough on knees and stuff but keep your hands free to help climb a bit. Water for sure needed. If you go earlier I’m sure it’s not as hot

hiking
2 days ago

Great views on this hike. A challenging hike for someone not is shape but I still made it to the top.

Absolutely breathtaking! You have to walk a little less than a mile through sand to actually get to the trail but the hike itself and the scenery made it so worth it. There’s also three trial options of ranging length and difficulty, all leading to the bridge.

hiking
3 days ago

Loved it. Well marked and satisfying climb. I started about 25 minutes after sunrise — would have been worth getting up even earlier to avoid some of the heat on the way back down.

Just amazing and easy! Highly recommend, did the longest route.

Great hike. Fairly short. Small crowd since it was early Friday.

Great views. Worth the hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Great views en route to an opportunity to climb up to a very special vista looking back through the canyon. Really special! Be aware though that there is no maintained trail to the “arch”. Rather you are able to ramble up a cliff at the end that is high enough to view the arch. Does not detract from the experience at all!

Go to the end of the trail, then go about 100 more yards up. You can thank me later

Go early to avoid the dust and crowds

Gorgeous views. Very easy hike until the last quarter mile.

Beautiful on the way down, strenuous hike on the way up. In actuality, it's a total of 10 miles round trip.
Here are some helpful tips:
- don't take your dog unless it's in good shape and you bring it booties for its paws. The trail is VERY rocky and tore up our little girls pads :( we also had to take a lot of breaks for her in the way up. If you do bring your dog, make sure you have a bowl, and plenty of water for cooling body temp and drinking.
-take enough water for the way down. I'd say 2 liters per person. When you get down to sign that says dam (right) springs (left) go right to the dam which will take you to the waterfall. On you're way out, go back toward the spring to fill up your water supply. YOU WILL NEED IT GOING UP. The water bubbles straight from the earth and is the best water I've tasted. It's not that far back... it's off to the right, you'll see it feeding into the springs from underground- very cool!
- start early! It'll take time coming up and you'll want to spend time swimming, etc. We hit the trail at 9am, got to the bottom around 1130 (we had dogs and kids), left at around 1pm and didn't reach the top until 4. But again, took several breaks to water our dogs, kids and selves.
- watch for Rattlesnakes! Stay to the middle of the trail when you can, and be aware. My friend almost got bit, but was able to jump outta the way. Beautiful 2 yr old rattler off to the side sunbathing, but could have been the end to a beautiful day.
- I cannot stress enough- water, water and more water, especially if bringing pets. They get thirsty and their body temps rise quickly. Ensure you keep you're pup alive if bringing. Our 5 yr old barely made it out. Might take her again, but with booties next time.
-kids do ok, they'll slow you down a bit, but as long as they have enough to drink they'll do great and absolutely LOVE swimming under the cave.
Water is cold, refreshing, and perfect in September. Best time of the year to go, in my opinion.
We'll be back!

Bring lots of water. It was very sunny when we went. Great views.

Great hike! Lots of trees and babbling brooks. Took the grandkids .. they did great!

Beautiful scenic trail. I started at the mezcal trail head because the main trail head was way to crowded. It was a longer hike but well worth it.

hiking
9 days ago

Awesome trail for families. It’s not too short and not too long.

Strongly recommend to start this trail early morning at Sunrise. Make sure you take lots of water with you and a good healthy energy/protein bar. It takes 5h minimum to finish this trail. Do not take an older dog with you on this trail!!!! do not take your dog in noon or afternoon hours ( too hot!!!!)

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike! Went today, a Tuesday, and the trail and swimming area was pretty hiker free. I passed one young lady on the way out who was returning and there was another young lady at the swimming area. This made for a nice quiet hike. As you hike out you hear nothing but birds and water running. the swimming hole at the turn around is fantastic. the water was cool and a nice way to relax before returning back out. I personally like a hike with a goal to reach and this one really paid off!

hiking
13 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. I went with my mom on my birthday and there was a lot of people hiking and waiting to take pictures on the trail but it was well worth it.

hiking
14 days ago

It’s a short climb to a picturesque bridge with an amazing valley back drop. Truly one of my favorites!

hiking
14 days ago

Well worth early morning hike with the optional climb to arch mid way. Partially shaded along the way which helps in summer days. Fantastic up close views along the way and at the end. Would do again. Enjoy

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike! You go down, down, down and more down to the waterfall which was hard on my hips. Also meant you will be going up, up, UP all the way back!! Like everyone else said bring LOTS of water and save most for the way out. I filled my hydro at the waterfall. The water is crystal clear, cold and moving quickly so its fine. I'm still alive after drinking! I wet a towel there and wrapped on my neck for the way back. That helped a lot. I wouldn't recommend kids or dogs going, but they could do it if in good condition. We left our kids and dog home and were very happy we did so. Its very very rocky so you have to be constantly looking down so you dont trip. The group I was with are all in very good shape. We gym several times a week and hike a lot and the next day we could hardly move! The way out seems like never ending and gets tough with all the rocks. Take your time. Get there early and bring lots of water and snacks. You won't regret it!
There is a ranger there checking permits, so make sure you have one and its for the correct lot.

hiking
14 days ago

If you want to avoid the Jeep trail and blowing dust use the Chuckwagon trail and park at the Mescal Trail Head parking. That will take you on about a 5 mile hike to Devils Bridge and back. If you are looking for a longer hike. Park a little farther down the road at the Chuckwagon trail head. (Across the street) and take the Chuckwagon trail in. That way. That hike had to be closer to 8 or 9 miles. But Chuckwagon is a nice hike in the trees frequented mostly by mtn bikers. As for the bridge there is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said 100 times. It is a spectacular view and you will meet plenty of new friends. It is tough at the top for us old folks with knees that don’t like bend the way they used to. But other than that it is a pretty easy climb.

hiking
15 days ago

Great views at the end ! Good shade for most of the hike too

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