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2 days ago

Very easy!

Nice fairly easy hike with some uphill, this hike is mostly shaded but not completely so bring a hat and sunscreen. If you are wanting to go to the Arches keep an eye out for a trial that will ver off to the right, it is not marked and VERY EASY TO MISS!

Remember to respect the environment and leave no trace.

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3 days ago

Awesome hike with killer views! I hiked it this past weekend as part of my training plan for Mt. Aconcagua in January. I climbed it with ease with 40lbs pack weight and my altitude training mask setting at 12,000ft. My moving time was just over 4hrs. Will easily shave off 30min with knowledge of the route and better planning.

The trail is not difficult at all. The reviews make it sound much more difficult than it really is, which is probably due to the distance and wind people experienced.

Has a good mix of climbing- that is, forest trails, rock trail, and tundra.

This is not a technical trail. It’s a trek needing only minimal equipment.

Do bring:

1. Micro spikes (at minimum) crampons do nicely. -Throw the yak tracks in the trash.
2. Trekking poles
3. Be ready for heavy wind
4. Helmet is a nice touch if you’re climbing solo
5. Warmer gloves than you expect

I highly suggest climbers unfamiliar with layering to seek advice before attempting. The temperature swing from the saddle to the summit is substantial. During my hike there were 45kt (52mph) winds. I saw a few groups of people who were inappropriately dressed and definitely put themselves at risk for frostbite.

All in all, a great mountain to hike and train on. Will do again soon!

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3 days ago

11/10/2018 Trail was nice, however, if you follow the All Trail map the path turns on a foot path that is not maintained. This was not mentioned in the reviews . Very doable easy to moderate trail and we would do it again

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3 days ago

Started from the Miller Creek trail head. Two years ago was able to navigate my car there but not yesterday. Water deep enough in several crossings to prevent me but fortunately was able to hop in an SUV for the remainder of the drive. As others have said, this is a 16 mile round trip hike not the 13 in the description. The final mile has an average grade of 25% so yeah, it is steep. It took me just under 3 hours to ascend the 4500' and I would be considered a fit hiker. The 6' monument created by other hikers is a neat attraction and provides a nice wind break.

This trail has two speeds... flat and straight up. The 1st mile and a half meanders up about 200 feet then then fun begins. After this section you really only have another. 1-1.5 miles of low grades. The last half mile to the top is steep but not as bad as people make it out to be. Just left foot right foot no scrambles or zombies chasing you. The top rewards you with wonderful 360 views only stunted by some silly pile of rocks that some kids must have placed. Do the view a favor and help take these down!

If you leave within the next week you should be able to fill your water till about mile 6.5-7 up. However, I take no liability for this statement so please pack three liters.

Great hike but parking options are limited. Parking lot was full before 9am on Sunday.

Fantastic! Awesome views south of Tucson and beyond on the way up. If you make the peak, a whole other vista opens up of Mt Lemmon and the Catalinas (as well as the western side of Tucson). While the trail is not that difficult, as others have commented, the ascent can be a butt-kicker (most particularly miles two and three) - have plenty of water if doing this in the heat. Some of the smooth rocky areas get slick in the rain; some degree of washout on trail after heavy rains - use caution. Great, challenging hike though!

Meh. It's OK but there's nothing that would bring me back out to do it again. If I had more time, some of the other trails that branched off of this loop had promise.

If the McDowell mountains were a nice jewelry store and you were looking for an engagement ring, this hike would qualify for the bargain basement ... that value corner option that will have to do when funds are limited. Continuously rocky throughout, I felt like I was “driving” down a poorly managed road/drainage wash full of potholes in desperate need of resurfacing. The second star comes from the views of the East Valley/South Scottsdale at the top of the range.

P.S. I will cop to bias in that I have been spoiled hiking all through the north side of the McDowells (Tom’s thumb, Brown’s ranch mountain, Granite mountain, Fraesfield, McDowell mountain park) for some time which are far superior in everything desert hikers want versus this trail. It’s like comparing the South rim of the Grand Canyon with the North rim.

OUR PHYSICAL CONDITION, We have been hiking for about 6 years, both retired. I'm mid-66, husband a bit younger. :) We had not done a hike rated this strenuous in a while as I have a rotator cuff tear that I'm scheduled for surgery on. Right now, using a pole in that hand really bothers me. I used 2 poles this hike(recommended). We decided to give this a go and agreed we would only go as far as I could. We ended up going 3.5 miles (7 RT). Which is a bit past Linda Vista. My GPS to this point said the elevation gain was 2850 feet, with most of that in 2.5 miles. Linda Vista would be a good turn around point if you don't want to do the entire trail. Based on the distance we did, I can tell you this trail is more like 10 miles in/out. It is very doable, but don't get to cocky as those slippery places could make you bust your butt, at the least. There is a lot of rock hopping, which requires big, big steps if you are short like me. Always have 3 points of contact when stepping. The first mile or so of the trail is easy so that means you will do most of your ascent in the last 4 miles. There are a couple places it is easy to get off the trail, but if you do, it's easy enough to get back on with a little bushwacking. Overall, the trail is pretty well defined. Once you start climbing, the trail is fun, but a challenge. After mile 1, you won't get a reprieve until about mile 3 (just before Linda Vista) then it is easier, but only for about .2 miles, before the climb starts again. The descent will put a lot of strain on your joints especially the knees. Things that I feel are important: START EARLY (we started at 6:45 a.m.). WATER - we both used almost 3 liters. BOOTS, lug sole is best as some of the hike is on slick rock. FOOD, plenty of snacks and food. Blocks or some other electrolyte replacement. SUNSCREEN, if you start early, you will be shaded most of the way up, but if you don't, you will be in a lot of sun. MAP/GPS. TWEEZERS/FIRST AID, there are some cactus that crowd the trail and we picked out a few stickers. We took our time, as I could take no chance on falling. We did the 7 miles in 5 hours of actual hiking time, but 7 hours total with many stops for pictures, lunch, snacks and just to enjoy nature. TIME, allow plenty so you can enjoy the scenery. I really liked the hike, but was very grateful to hop in the hot tub after.

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8 days ago

This is quite fun if you like hopping from one rock to the next, but it’s not the best trail if you are just looking for an easy stroll. I liked it! A bit hard to navigate and there are several paths you can take...but it’s hard to get lost with a GPS.

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9 days ago

LOVED this trail. Lots of scrambling, bouldering, and rock hopping. We paused many times to observe the beautiful rock formations, caves, tree varieties, fall colours and explore each area. My wife had our 7mo daughter on her back and managed to navigate fairly easily. It has challenging sections that follows the rocky creek bed but is very doable. The massive cave with falling water at the end was spectacular- pictures do not do it justice- it’s epic.

Hiked this trail today. Desert was beautiful. Trail is rocky at times.

This trail has it all. Views, elevation, good coverage, rocks, snow & ice. Bring poles and micro spikes. It’s gets very icy and technical after the trail splits at the saddle (11,4000) prior to final ascent to Humphrey’s peak. Not safe without proper gear. Beautiful 360 degree views from the top. Gorgeous sunsets from AZ Snowbowl parking lot of you time it right.

Great hiking experience! Beautiful views! Started 8:30 am, finished 2:pm, including some water breaks and snack, went total 11 miles.

Really fun hike. Probably should be in decent shape before tackling this one. A rainy October was good for flowing creeks but I wouldn’t count on water towards the peak. Do not attempt to take Rincon creek trail back due to private land issues.

Beautiful hike. First half is easy, just stay alert to all the jumping cholla lining the trail. Second half kicks it up to a solid moderate. Good workout! Waterfall still had a trickle yesterday. A great reward of a cool, shaded area at the end. We clocked in at 6.5 miles and took us 3 1/2 hrs to complete with a 20 min rest. Dessert was gorgeously green following the wettest October on record.

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11 days ago

Hiked on 11/3 still lots of snow and ice but it’s pretty well packed, micro spikes are a must. I’m in pretty good shape and hike constantly, the elevation will kick your butt here, be prepared to go slower than you ever thought you’d need to, especially in the last mile. Last mile is very steep, the wind is serious and brings the chill well below freezing any time of day. Hike is worth every step, views from the top are to die for, Grand Canyon and Sedona can both be seen and it’s a 360 degree view of the world around you.

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12 days ago

Pretty hike. We also did the loop around the mountain from Soldiers Pass over to the Brins Mesa trail to get more scenery. Tip: We went clockwise around and it was less steep of a climb than if we would have went counter clockwise. Parking lot at Soldiers Pass only holds 14 cars and fills up early in the AM. We had to park maybe 1/2 mile down the road away from the houses because you will get towed if you park in the neighborhood by the trail head. Brins Mesa trailhead which connects to Soldiers Pass had a bigger parking lot (we saw it as we hiked by it).
No restroom facilities at Soldiers Pass parking lot. You hike in mostly sun on these 2 trails.

I hiked this trail for the third time and it never gets easy. This time I used poles and it helped a lot.

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12 days ago

Amazing views but as of 11/2/18 there was too much snow to get to the peak without crampons or microspikes. We were were able to get to the 2nd false peak with just trekking poles and our regular hiking boots but as the temp dropped the snow began to turn too icy for us to continue. If you are going to try to make it to the top without proper equipment (which i do NOT recommend) then make sure you go within the next few days on a WARM day and get to the saddle by noon so that way the snow on the exposed portions of the trail on your way to the peak will be slushy enough for you to really dig in and make it to the top and back before the temp drops at 3/4pm and freezes over making it too dangerous to traverse.

11 to the top.. no big horns this time but so many wild flowers this time.. amazing views and brutal hike as usual!! ❤️❤️

Great hike, some thorned vines loved my clothing and legs. Solo hike, some parts of trail were easy to lose for me.

10 miles roundtrip if going to Kimball . 4200 elevation gain. Great hike but be prepared for a tougher hike.

Mild rock climbing to the most beautiful payout

This was a great trail -- just the right amount of moderate.

Just on the edge of the city - some houses visible but does not spoil the view.

Easy start -- steep uphill that affords amazing views --- southern exposure tho' - lots of sun.

I went up soldier trail -- then back by Brin and Cieoga (spellings are off in each) -- got another nice little second uphill before returning to soldiers pass parking.

Favorite in Sedona

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14 days ago

Very nice different mountain, little confusing for direction, but we make it up to the scenic view, moderate cloning, definitely worth it!

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