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on Young Man Trail

52 minutes ago

same elevation at Squaw Peak, with way less people.

I think it’s doable for most average fit people. If possible Uber to Echo Trailhead an finish through Cholla, way less bouldering on way down. Go early if possible.

A new favorite of mine!

trail running
20 hours ago

Great for trail running!
First half is a bit loose and rocky so watch your step if you’re running through. Great little climb up the granite ridge in the middle with a perfect spot to take a break, have a snack, enjoy the view. Back half is gorgeous to run through and connects to another trail if you want to take it further.
First bit and top of the ridge can be busy on weekends.
Parking is limited so get there early.

Really nice mid hike, especially in the cooler months. Took a little over two hours for me with only stopping a couple times on the climbs. Really great views of the valley along the trail. Slick rock up from the Mormon trailhead can be pretty slick after recent rain.

Favorite hike in Phoenix so far. But I think I’d call it easy

Short and easy for the experienced hiker, but diverse rock scrambles offer stimulation for everyone. A great ascent for being so close to town. Lots of traffic means plenty of friendly interactions, be patient and remember right of way rules! Early January hike meant cool temps, take that into consideration when I say it only requires .5 liters of water.

3 days ago

Nice hike and can become busy with mountain bikes down a particular stretch. Trekking poles or walking stick suggested after a recent rain due to slippery rocks. Beautiful landscape.

Terrible parking, very busy trail and a lot of people don’t pay attention which makes some areas dangerous. I prefer echo.

Stunning trail! Expansive views with a waterfall!

This trail was gorgeous, and its easy to see why it was so popular! That said, the Hidden Valley portion of the trail should be for VERY experienced dogs only, as there's a fair bit of scrambling and difficult areas to climb up. We had to carry our dog across a ledge at one point, and when we decided to turn back for her sake we ended up needing to put her in a lap and slide down a boulder. She's 45 pounds, so a bigger dog might have had an easier time with it, but I do NOT recommend the Hidden Valley trail for dogs!

Great hike. Great for the family.

on Horton Creek Trail

nature trips
4 days ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Elevation may bother you if you are from the Valley.

Really enjoyed this hike. Luckily we got there early and therefore there wasn’t really anybody on the trail yet. It had just rained the night before and so the weather and the views were fantastic. Clouds covered the mountains and the smell of rain filled the air. The second half of the trail got a little tricky with the rocks but nothing anybody couldn’t handle. Highly recommend!

Did this trail this morning , definitely not a beginner hike for the faint of heart. Worth the view once you get to the top

Hiked this for a second time and loved it! Definitely one of the more scenic hikes in the PHX area.

hiking
5 days ago

YES TO THIS HIKE! One of my favorite so far, a nice workout as we logged about 6.5mi based on where we parked, and a steady incline all the way to the waterfall (think light trickle vs Havasupai). Moderate rating for distance and time, a few steep treks, some rocky areas, and no shade (consider this an early hike, not in the summer heat). The trail is not really marked but there is a clear cut path almost all the way to the top with only a few question marks here and there. Fairly remote, expansive views all around, not much foot traffic, dog friendly but watch out for all the cholla and horse manure. We camped overnight in Lost Dutchman and drove to this trailhead. Plan for about 3-3.5hr if you are an experienced hiker going at conversation pace and stopping for photos.... perfect hike!!

Second time to hike this trail. First time was last July and the temp was 103. Bad idea but I survived! Second time was Jan 9 and temp was 70. I love this hike and if I was local I would hike weekly.

This hike was the perfect challenge for two fairly active people. There were spots that got narrow and fairly steep, but nothing that couldn’t be done in tennis shoes (although I would recommend thicker soles, it’s pretty rocky!) We clocked closer to 7.5 miles. We took clues from people leaving the trail when figuring out where to enter (it’s on the east side of the road from the red rock, just north of the bridge). Absolutely stunning and a great workout. We had overcast & 70 - this would be a hot one if much warmer.

Loved it. Remember to bring lots of water...it’s basically a rock scramble the whole way up after the “plateau” overlook vantage point.

If your body can handle the hike then definitely do it. The easiest parts are until mile marker 16. If you find it hard before then you should not continue. A lot of people get hurt on this trail and need to be rescued. Definitely intended for the more experiences hiker.

Trail was a little busy when we went but absolutely beautiful. It is a lot easier than the other trail at Camelback mountain so if you have bad knees 10/10 recommend

Really enjoyed this trail !

Loved this one!!

Great hike with beautiful views!

Did this hike in early January on a Tuesday morning. We started about 8am. Note there is no parking by the trailhead. You need to park on the road about .5 mile away. Beautiful hike but a bit advanced towards the summit. Well worth it when you get to the top. Started getting crowded on the way down. So start early.

Beautiful views from the top and along most of the trail. Waterfall at the end. Definitely worth it. Easy hike will take 3.5+ hours because of length and stopping for many great photos.

This is a GREAT trek. We started on the Mormon Trail and made our way to the Hidden Valley Loop.

hiking
10 days ago

Completed hike three times over the holiday break

Pay good attention first time where the boulders and the two wash area can get you off track.

Not well traveled (hikers or bikers) except the Saturday after New Years. Really had to watch for surprising amount of mountain bikers coming down from south end.


Great hike - so happy to have this hike close and finally nailed it!

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