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Beautiful just very busy

hiking
2 days ago

It's definitely longer than .4 miles. Cave is pretty large in some areas and really low in others. The ground is incredibly uneven. Do not attempt without a light source, do not rely on a cell phone. At the very end, there is a tiny opening where you can squeeze through into another small area.

Hiked this trail 8.8 miles yesterday in mid Nov in upper 60s F in 2018 and it took 5.5 hours round trip with flashlights starting around 1 pm and ending at 630pm. With moon out, Flashlights was a must. I stopped 4 times just to switch shoes and eat a snack twice while changing shoes, and having a small towel to dry feet is highly recommended. I only gave it 2 stars for scenery, BUT I have hiked many incredible places like Zion and the Grand Canyon and Flatiron, Flagstaff, Sedona, and seeing some yellow fall leaves still on the trees along the creek and a few red rocky canyon areas and some wide, knee deep creek areas was nice, but nothing to write home about for me. I also didn’t think it was hard; but did it when cool outside, and I am in great shape, but doing in summer would be much harder. I was a little disappointed in lack of signage, too, but was very grateful for restroom at the parking lot and a few shady trees there. If your dog hates getting wet in freezing cold water, probably not the hike for your dog unless don’t cross any creeks and just hangout along first crossing. Difficult enough to cross this creek 3 times without holding a dog, and wind up at creek again at very end of the trail. There is no signage at parking lot saying trail name, no map either, long walk before see actual sign saying West Clear Creek, then descend to one of the most scenic creek areas right away. The first 2 creek crossing are very close together but if switching shoes like I did, keep wet shoes on till cross creek a third time because 3rd crossing is not real far away either. In my opinion, hike is not worth continuing to very end passed third crossing because just wind up back at same creek and it looks pretty much same as all other creek crossings, and canyon views are just same for most part as well. I was expecting to see a 8 ft or higher waterfall at very end or something more spectacular along the way, or an area to swim or require a tube to float around in for 100 feet but I guess I missed it, unless it was a 12 inch waterfall at the very first river crossing. I am not sure I would consider that a real waterfall, but whatever. I brought tubes, but didn’t see a need to use them and not exactly sure how. Definitely couldn’t use one to cross any creek areas that I could tell. (I would like to compare this hike to Bell Trail and Verde Hot Springs because all nearby Camp Verde, and then figure out which was best. Bell Trail sounds like hiking to a big cliff diving pool. Verde Hot Springs sounds like a flat much shorter hike to a natural hot tub that could require crossing a thigh to waist deep river, depending on which road you take and one road has gate closed from fallen rocks.).

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail today. Waterfall was nothing but a trickle. I will have to come back after a rain. Total distance to the falls from the parking area was 5.9 miles.

Beginner hiker and I made it half way in to the start of the incline. The start was easy after you get going. The desert was very peaceful and overall a pleasant hike in and out. Has some rocky points and washes to cross. Not much wildlife. Lots of cholla along the trail. A few black ant hills. Saw maybe 10 total hikers on the trail.

Few inches of snow on steep section approaching the ridge. Possible to do without poles and traction, but these would’ve come in handy. Basically glissading down certain sections. Butt kicker with nearly 4000’ in gross total elevation gain.

Nice loop with few people. Most of the trail had light snow - be careful not to lose the Armijo trail through the flagged area. About 2.5 hours starting from the Sulphur Canyon lot.

hiking
8 days ago

What a great hike! Definitely do the slot canyon, and if you want to avoid any crowds go early morning weekdays. There was practically no one there.

Dogs not allowed on trail

hiking
10 days ago

Good little trail for fall colors, red/oranges that aren't very common in the area. We turned right up the ABQ trail and up to the saddle, where it connects for a bigger loop.

hiking
11 days ago

Second time to hike this trail. Love seeing and visiting with people from all over the U.S. and other countries. Took more time to enjoy the views and survey the slot for the best light. Moral of this story is slow down and enjoy!

hiking
11 days ago

Very deceiving as there’s no actual trail. Best way to start is to climb up to the cave on the right and then down in. Was an adventurous hike as it’s definitely moderate to hard at times. Very enjoyable.

trail running
12 days ago

Saw the Friends of the Sandias Volunteer crew headed out for maintenance and improvements on Armijo. Sending a shout out to Thank You volunteers for your dedication and service. We appreciate you.

Great trail! The first couple of miles are somewhat generic, but once you make it down to the creek it’s really nice.
The trail gets confusing towards the end but keep going as the waterfall all the way at the end makes it worth the trek!

Super beautiful geology!
Be aware, hiking on a hot summer day is overwhelming, due to all the bright quartz sand, you can literally feel like you’re being cooked in the oven.
Bring water and shelter tree to tree from the sun.
just making sure you hike this in cooler weather, or plan for the extreme heat and sun.
The formations are definitely were this hike I have done it several times.

It's one of the tuffer trails of fossil creek. Waterfalls are beautiful but not easily accessible. Be prepared for this one because the road is very rocky and it can hurt the legs.

Things to must have.
1. Good trekking shoes
2. Water
3. Power bars

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

Nov 3, 2018
HIKED to the TOP.. Awesome and challenging. Not for those who like inner city hikes.

Tips:
Wear leather hiking boots with good ankle support. Avoid wearing sneakers there is Cholla cactus on trail.

HIKING POLES for balance especially when getting through the big rocks.

3 Liters of water minimum.

Good Snacks to keep up you energy.

4 wheel drive vehicle to get you to the trail head.

I would not have anything to say right now.

hiking
16 days ago

Great easy hike. A couple of places to shuffle up some rocks, but nothing my pregnant wife (2nd trimester at the time) couldn’t manage. Beautiful rock formations along the way, and fantastic views at the top. Watch out for snakes in the warm months.

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.

Beautiful scenery and pretty easy to navigate. Highly recommended.
You will not be disappointed.

hiking
17 days ago

Wonderful hike on 10-14-18, with trees wearing just amazing colors.
However the trail is not really well indicated, with many people, ourself included, asking other hikers where we/they were supposed to go, and how far was the top ...
Strongly recommend it in the fall anyways.

hiking
17 days ago

The trail was heavily trafficked on a September weekend, but the more difficult section called 'the slot' was worth fighting the crowds. Very cool formations and a nice climb to the top view point. Please wear good shoes if you go, and be aware of letting slow or fast groups pass or pull over as needed.

Like suggested by one other hiker take a left at the white post before the old rusty water tank. This is a beautiful hike. We did not do the loop we went as far as the sign that intersects with Del Agua and then returned the way we came. The Del Agua seemed to be in a wash, not very traveled and poorly marked so we thought we’d turn back. Beautiful views!

hiking
24 days ago

The trail is not 0.8 miles total. The cave itself is a mile long, and you have to walk to the cave entrance from the parking lot, so my phone said 2.15 miles total after we did it. Come ready for climbing and lots of rocks. Bring multiple flashlights and and extra jacket because it’s cold in the cave. But it was pretty cool and different than most trails!

hiking
24 days ago

I’m a 60 yr old woman who works in an office all week and comes home to sit on the couch more days than not. I usually keep my hiking refrained until weekends. I hiked this trail for the first time today. I was definitely not prepared!! It was much tougher than I had anticipated (those people who say it’s easy lied!) Seriously though, this is a great hike if you want a good workout. It’s long (over 5 miles) with small areas with a bit of climbing over rocks. On my way out, I got too close to some jumping cholla. I didn’t have a stick, so I walked with them stuck in my leg for a bit until I came across another hiker with a stick. He knocked it off and is my new hero. Even though I started early, I was slow, so when the sun was out in full force, I felt it! You need sunscreen; sunglasses; a hat; and PLENTY of water!! I thought I had enough water but was “rationing” it by the time I neared the end of the Trail. Not gonna lie....this trail kicked my lazy butt!! But I just may do it again, but with a partner next time. Solo was no bueno.

Very beautiful after some rain fall.

Loved this hike and the little waterfall was cool and refreshing!

Absolutely beautiful. Fun climbs, stunning views. Nothing short of amazing. We went on a somewhat rainy day with a little hesitation. This trail is not to be missed.

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