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Absolutely beautiful hike. Definitely a good workout. I’d say it’s on the harder side of moderate because of all the rocks. Lots of people recommend looking back, definitely do so! Breathtaking views as you get higher and higher on the mountain.

Challenging and beautiful. Harder coming down. Witnessed a rescue here today. So, watch your footing, and bring lots of water. We brought over a gallon and could have used more between two.

Busier trail which is expected in the city, but the view is great! Much more hike feel than the stairs over at Piestewa. Parking is a a pain and no facilities at trail head. I agree with others, moderate the first 2/3 of hike then more difficult. Wearing proper shoes and bringing more water than you think you need is just smart especially on this trail. Saw lots of people in slippery casual shoes with no grip having a harder time than need be and some with no water.

For lots of breaks and someone out of shape, 3 hours round trip. Definitely something I have to do at least once a year. If parking wasn’t so difficult, I would go every weekend! We went around 11:30 on a Thursday and it was crowded.

Great hike with several challenges. Parking fills up so get there early.

Absolute favorite trail ever. Went in the late afternoon and caught the sunset from the top. It gets crowded at times and the climb after the saddle point is extremely difficult (yet rewarding). The view from the top is unbeatable. This climb is not for the faint of the hard as their are some dicey climbing parts with no room for error. A hike I won't soon forget.

A great hike that turns into a great climb. A rewarding workout for the day. Definitely want to do Echo Canyon next!

It was crowded but one of my favorite hikes!

Great views from top. Challenging hike, but worth it.

I'M EXHAUSTED! An hour trek to the top with water breaks. A complete work out with lots of sweat included, and I still have to go back down to the trailhead. Well worth it.

Hiked this trail with a few friends. Started hike around 8 am to avoid hot sun and to get a parking spot at the base of the mountain. Trail was well travelled with numerous challenging sections. Our first time, it took us about 2 hours. Great views from the top and well worth the climb. Good footwear is a must and three point contact on the way down helped in avoiding jarring of the knees.

This is a great hike, don't believe anyone who says they turned back because there was too many people, they couldn't hack it. Plain and simple

It was tough to get to the top, but very rewarding! Halfway up trail, it basically turned into rock climbing versus hiking. The view at the top is incredible

4 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. This was my first time doing this trail and my dog and I made it to the top without much problem. We are both experienced trail runners and hikers and I could see where if you don’t know what you’re in for and not prepared, you probably won’t make it very far

You get to use your arms too as in a lot of parts it’s a scramble uphill. Good shoes and a treking pole can help. The way down offers a nice, alternative challenge to hiking and scrambling up. Great views to marvel at.

As always I love this trail. Was trying to find the wave cave, but our map wouldn’t load to get it so we opted for this hike! My dog Clark did well, but I’d say make sure you pup is ready for a tough one before you go!

6 days ago

This is so far my favorite hike since I moved to AZ (granted I’ve only done a handful). I did it in the afternoon and it wasn’t as hot or as crowed as advertised, so overall a great experience. For the most part it was shaded.
The trail is very easy to follow and a smooth up to the saddle and smooth down again (the elevation “shape” that I like the most). The views are amazing almost all the way!

what goes up, must come down. Pretty slippery and rocky, very slow steps on the way down which took away from enjoying the hike. Would love to try again once the paved road is back open. friendly and encouraging hikers on the trail.

Lots of boulder scrambling, plenty of elevation, and fabulous views from the top. You may want to wear gloves because you'll be reaching over quite a few boulders on your way up. Wear sticky soled shoes and be considerate and tolerant - it's crowded, and some hikers are struggling. You may need to park at a nearby shopping center or hotel lot due to very high traffic on this trail.

I would call this difficult, not moderate. There are portions you are climbing over small boulders and the incline is INTENSE. Our large dog came with and did great but smaller dogs might need help. Had to stop and rest 5 or 6 times on the second half going up. Definitely a good challenge but I wouldn't attempt this if you are out of shape!

6 days ago

I was traveling from Cincinnati, OH and was in Arizona doing some hiking so had to try Humphrey's Peak. It was early March (3/5/18) and there had been plenty of snow recently so there was a pretty good covering. The weather was great for hiking (low 30's with plenty of sun) and I ended up with too many layers but was able to make myself comfortable (with a heavy backpack). The trail was easy to follow but had little room for error. If you stepped a little to the side you were a couple feet+ deep in the snow. I passed by another hiker on his way down and he told me he turned around due to the snow conditions towards the top. I kept going and made it a little past the 11,400 marker. At this point the trail (with the deep snow) split into several directions and was less defined. I decided it was time to turn around. It was a great hike and hope to make it to the top next time, hopefully without 3' of snow!

Loved this trail! Best to get there early AM. I started at 7:30 AM on a Wednesday and ran into minimal people. I had tried this trail a couple of years back but left mid morning and it was too crowded to get to the top. The views and challenge are so worth it!! Can’t wait to do it again when I’m back or Spring Training again!

good trail, rigorous hike

I also agree that this hike is not hard!! It was wonderful and enjoyable for my family and my dogs! I suggest wear shoes with grip and follow the dots!

Definitely work but it was worth the effort. Some of the sections are rocky and strenuous but they are short. Fun trail.

Pretty rocky at the top. Beautiful views.
This trail gets very crowded.

Have to disagree w other user reviews. This trail doesn’t justify the difficult rating. The ascents/descents are short and mild, and footing is good. I took every detour I could find and only logged 5 miles. The trail is generally obvious, and markers & signposts are abundant and clear. All that aside, it’s a fun trail. Very pleasant 2 hr morning walk. Great views of the lake, dam, and dells.

LOVED THIS HIKE, the scrambling at the top was a blast!! Go early as there is NO parking down Cholla lane, you must park on Invergordon Road and walk to trailhead. Also, if it’s going to be hot go early as well, 29 is hella hot to hike in and didn’t go as early as I should have, it took a toll on me but the views at the top were 100% worth it!

Really enjoyed this hike, great views from the top. Make sure if you're driving to go early so you don't have to walk as far from your parking spot. I can't imagine how crazy that walk would be on a weekend (I went on a weekday). Overall would say this one was a bit easier than Piestewa (incline wasn't as steep, but more scrambling near the top, which I don't mind). If I'm in town again I will definitely try the Echo Canyon trail!

Great workout. Would be 5 stars if not so crowded.

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