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hiking
2 days ago

First mile is very difficult. After that it’s pretty easy. Great view

Nice hike and workout. No shade - bring plenty of water even in you go early

Great trail with amazing views of Scottsdale. Bit of a scramble at the end

Great hike. Seems like it is a little longer than 4 miles, maybe 4.5. Did the hike with my 11 and 6 year olds. First mile was tough with steep incline but the rest of the hike was pretty easy. Make sure you wear good shoes as it is slippery on the rocks on the way down. Amazing views!

hiking
16 days ago

Short, relatively intense trail with excellent views! The parking lot is really big and roads to the trailhead are extremely well marked. Trail is pretty wide and well maintained with regular distance markers. It gets pretty crowded because it's popular for trail running, so get there early or go on a weekday if possible. As far as technical hiking skill needed, this is pretty easy- just wear good shoes so you don't slip. This is a moderate because of the climb. Almost all of the elevation gain is within 1/2-3/4 of a mile and it's pretty brutal. Take breaks and enjoy the views- it's totally worth the climb!

The right kind of difficult. Make sure to bring plenty of water though, even if you start early.

17 days ago

Awesome trail, be prepared- the first mile is brutal. Make sure you bring plenty of water, at lease 2 liters. (I was surprised how many people I passed on my way down who were carrying a single bottle. At 10 A.M. and the temp was heating up rapidly.
Only issue is this app sent alerts to my lifeline as I hadn’t “checked in” in a while. There are a few dead zones on the hike, so signal was lost. This unnecessarily worried my lifelines- so I am not sure if there is a way for the developers to figure out a way to “fix”.
Also not sure what algorithm is used to determine hike times, again my lifelines were alerted because we didn’t return at the anticipated time (probably spent 15 or so minutes at the peak taking pictures).
Hike is a 10. App is a 5

hiking
18 days ago

Went on a sunrise hike - cooler temps, well marked trail, great leg workout, and amazing views! Plenty of shade in the middle of the hike. Hiking poles and shoes with good traction are recommended. Your knees will thank you later. Bring plenty of water (at least 3 liters), and sunscreen especially in the summer. Ample parking. Restrooms available at trailhead.

Great hike with a beautiful view at the top. Challenging but worth it. Go early to avoid the heat and brings lots of water!

trail running
19 days ago

Nice trail for running; beautiful view at the top.

easy going trails for beginners.
love that its soo local but the parking lot gets full at peak hours.

This used to be my go to hike/trail run but over the years it has become so congested that I have shifted to outside of the city. That being said, it’s a well worn trail with consistent elevation rise and the view at the top is hard to beat. It’s not for beginners and despite this, so many visitors go on this because of the easy access location . Be prepared because it tends to get frustrating for those that hike and run trails regularly. Go early as there is no shade from the sun and you will beat the crowds.

Fantastic challenging hike that leads to a great view at the top. Can get very hot during the day so it's best to go early and bring enough water

This trail was difficult but definitely worth the challenge! 2/3 of the way up is almost entirely comprised of boulders to climb so I would suggest wearing lighter and more flexible shoes, sturdy hiking boots are not necessary and will likely slow you down.

hiking
1 month ago

A great trail that's quite a fun uphill journey toward the iconic Tom's Thumb. There were a fair bit of people, but parking was still good early in the morning.

I do like this hike but would rather do echo.

Awesome hike. Well marked unless you're myself on the way down. Definitely for more experienced hikers or more driven people in general. Beautiful views of wildlife and the city.

Great running trail. Plenty of moderate ups and downs to get good workout. I've been using this trail, among others in the area, for 35 years.

This was a great trail! Difficult but not too hard, we will definitely be back!

1 month ago

Sunrise hikes are the best

This hike is super well marked and highly trafficked. I tried getting to the top twice but the part where you essentially have to rock-climb freaked me out a little so I turned around. If you have anxiety / fear of heights the ascent to the top may not be your jam - but you can always turn around before that (there’s a helicopter landing area which makes a nice turnaround) while still getting the amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

Would be brutal in full sun but a great hike inbetween monsoons!

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike so far. Very moderate steep incline for a while but after you get passed that it is easy. The views from the top are the best in Phoenix in my opinion. Very pretty, worth the hike for sure.

Fun trail, great views, gets hot fast, go early.

great hike, go early and bring water

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike. Was pretty flat in the very beginning leading up to the incline then it gets pretty steep as the trail progresses. Cool view at the top of the 3,848 foot mountain including Scottsdale Airport and the greater Phoenix valley area (downtown and Camelback Mountain) to the southwest and the greater desert area to the north and northeast.

Great trail. Great challenge.

I really love this trail. Echo canyon is even more fun on the other side of Camelback Mountain.

Amazing trails biking with the wife

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