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1 day ago

for the younger folks: You will do fine if you are in good shape.

for older folks: bring a pole. it will come in handy on return trip when your legs are a little tired and you need to get over the high steps.

Not an easy hike unless you are used to this altitude and do this on a regular basis. also i recommend getting an early start (8am). for two reasons. one is for parking which gets full quick especially on weekends and two because the sun is on you the entire way up. its a bit chilly with early start so u will need a sweater.

Very nice day hike, beautiful views!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike! Recommend hiking boots not sneakers. Several areas of crossing water on rocks and sometimes had to step in water to cross. Not dangerous, just wouldn’t think anyone would want wet sneakers. The whole trail has gorgeous views.

great views for not that much effort. enjoyable to walk around the entire summit.

Badly marked

Strenuous but not perilous. There are plenty of flat spots to properly place your feet securely, and those places where you are walking on inclined rocks have clean grippy surfaces which do not lead to an imminent cliff. Similar stair-stepping typical of the Northeast like the AT or White mountains, a well maintained trail. Plenty of white painted hash marks to keep you from veering off. As for middle-aged knees: mine aren’t great anymore but I don’t trust trekking poles on steep descents. I prefer slowing it down and using my hands to keep good balance on surrounding surfaces while extending the foot downward to a secure foot placement. This trail allowed for that and for the confidence that if you slip you won’t go far and slide into an abyss like some of the other trails around Sedona. Another bonus of this trail is the great perspective down into Fay Canyon. We did Fay in the earlier AM then Bear starting midday, round trip for the latter being 4hours 20minutes at a steady pace. A great day!

hiking
3 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful trees and fantastic views!

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike, tremendous views of Sedona as well as a Flagstaff.

used to hike this trail in college all the time. it's one of my favorites in AZ.

Hiked Granite Mtn to Little Granite Mtn this morning/afternoon with a friend and our dogs. The trail was well maintained (clean, free of waste and garbage) but difficult to find at times... The washes look very similar and we wound up getting lost a few times. It should have been about 6.5 miles round-trip, we finished at 9.3. Beautiful hike regardless through barren rocky landscape and forest. No wildlife and no other hikers seen today. The weather was beautiful and skies were clear. Remember to pack sun screen and plenty of water!

Fantastic hike. Definitely challenging but not the monster the sign at the start makes it out to be. We finished in 3.5 hours including a solid 40 minute lunch break at the summit. However since it's November, the temperatures were ideal and I can see this being a real grind during the hot season. Bring plenty of water and food no matter the season, sunscreen up because there's not a ton of shade, and be kind to your poor knees and bring your poles for the descent. The parking lot has a vending machine for Red Rock passes now if you're only here a couple days and don't want to spring for the annual, and there's good toilets. ~20 parking spaces with plenty of room for parallel parking on the street if the lot fills up.

The hike itself is a total stunner, and never boring. There are some quite steep, almost scrambly sections that really spice it up, and you traverse 4 or 5 fascinatingly different geologic sections. The trail is well marked with white diamond blazes spray painted on the rock, and they are oriented in the direction the trail leads. This shouldn't present any kind of a route-finding challenge for anyone who's hiked in the desert southwest and knows to look for cairns or other markers when the trail isn't obvious, but for those newer hikers, just make sure you look down from the insane views from time to time. And the views. WOW. Easily a top 3 Sedona hike for views. You not only get an amazing look back at all the amazing and familiar red rock formations of Sedona while you're on the way up, but you get a lovely panorama out south, west, and northwest, giving you a look at several different mountain ranges as well as HS Canyon immediately below you to the west, and Secret Mountain and Mount Humphreys to the north. It also was pleasantly free of crowds. No bottlenecks here. Although today, we did pass a large group who (amazingly) had hiked up to witness their friends be married at the summit. A wedding venue for the ages to be sure.

Well worth the effort and highly recommended.

Loved it! Best one so far, challenging but totally doable.

hiking
8 days ago

Pleasantly surprised as we continued to climb. Some switchbacks but a gradual climb until the last .2. But it is an amazing hike. Once at the top, so many awesome views that are breathtaking. Once on the Mesa, it can be difficult to follow a trail since they are unmaintained. Pay close attention to where the trail ended at the top for you will need to know where to go to find your way back down. Can be difficult to find the trail going back down but so worth the climb. Tough on the knees going down.

Hardest trail we’ve done in Sedona by far. Feelin my glutes and hammies today. Best views and super peaceful at the top. Worth every step!

hiking
11 days ago

Terrific trail. Next time, would plan on reaching the trail's end between 1-2 when the sun's shining down into the canyon.

This hike is a must in the fall. The change in color of he leaves is stunning.

hiking
11 days ago

Showing up around 7am on Sunday, there was an empty / closed parking area with a few empty parking spots to the right of the gate. Returning to the car at around 10ish to reveal a stalled line (presumably waiting for parking spots to open up) that extended to the highway. With that in mind, I would say this trail is a bit overrated. Its a very pleasant canyon walk, but its when its this crowded, I could probably find something similar.

11 days ago

Beautiful fall colors. Not strenuous and the creek crossings were a fun change of pace. When we were there in early November, you could get across by walking/hopping across rocks, so sandals or extra socks weren't necessary.

We arrived around 2 pm on a Friday and waited about 5 mins for a parking spot. Toilets, but no water, at the trailhead.

Some nice views. More people than I expected on this Sunday afternoon considering it is rated as difficult and moderately trafficked. However, I was still able to experience some quiet peacefulness at times.

It’s very steep and very sunny. All around fantastic hike. About 1/3 of the way through we lost the trail and scrambled up a Tallis slope for .2 miles. This is a very bad idea; however, if you do choose this route you will be rewarded with many loose rocks and thorny bushes. At the top of the mountain there is a cliff. I would recommend not falling off of this as there are many thorny bushes at the bottom. On the way down we met a dog named snickers. Allergic to chocolate like most dogs and fully aware of this irony, snickers informed us of some thorny bushes to avoid on the right side of the trail. Thank you snickers.

hiking
13 days ago

Heavily trafficked trail but so gorgeous. We drove up from Phoenix to see the fall leaves and we weren’t disappointed. Many leaves have already fallen but still worth the opportunity to catch the beautiful colorful leaves. The majority of the trail was shaded and ran along oak creek where you crossed at least 10 times. Water level was very low and even got chilly during the day. Fun trail for all ages and skill levels. We arrived on Saturday around 11am and there was a line up of cars waiting to park. We decided to avoid the wait and park about a mile away from the trailhead off 89A. When we left 3 hours later there was still a steady line of cars waiting to park at the trailhead. **If you park away and walk in there is a $2 fee/person. Would highly recommend and would love to hike it again in the summer months!

The trail is easy side of moderate with no steep portions. Great views along the way. Sun and shade. Some noise from 4×4 road. Mostly had trail all to ourselves.

Start at Thompson's trail head and go  counter-clockwise. Nice views for most of the hike. Note....easy to miss return leg, take Sink Hole to Jordan to Cibola  connection for shortest return to trailhead. Shade and sun. We had trail mostly to ourselves.

hiking
14 days ago

pretty,flat, canyon hike. if your into hiking, pass up on this one and head to, hangover and cow pie loop. awesome views, ledges, red rock and a good 3-4 hr work out

Trail is not well marked on portions of the loop and I would consider those portions moderate not easy. I reached the apex of the loop but could not locate the downward path so I simply made my way back to Margs.

I missed the loop part of this hike! it's very difficult to spot! Instead, I ended up on too of what I assume to be Wolverton Mountain where there was a bench and a great look out spot. I walked around a bit on the top, but ultimately decided to go back down the way I came.

hiking
20 days ago

This was my first time up the trail, and let me just say, the views are absolutely breathtaking. There were other hikers but it wasn’t over-trafficked which awesome because it led to some great conversations on the trail.

Make sure you bring an abundance of water since it is a fairly grueling hike. There are plenty of opportunities to catch your breath, rehydrate and take in some scenery.

I highly recommend this hike!

hiking
20 days ago

This is a GORGEOUS hike! Fall colors, red rocks, towering cliffs, creek crossings. This hike had it all. Water was low at the end of the trail in the a slot canyon and we were able to go waaay back there. Just beautiful.

We had so much fun here with the while family! It was super fun to traverse the creeks with the kids. It was a bit chilly when we went in the fall, but would be great to beat the heat during the summer.

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