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    hiking
    2 months 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!!

    hiking
    2 months ago

    This is a great hike and accommodates various skill levels. A few difficult areas with a bit of scrambling but an overall moderate rating. If you are scared of heights there may be a few challenging spots for you. Beautiful as a sunrise hike, quite shaded for the majority. If you continue all the way you will end up on an expansive Mesa with stunning 360 degree views, I didn't want to have to come back down. A little difficulty navigating signage on the plateau, other than that this one is definitely worth the work getting to the top.

    hiking
    2 months ago

    I would rate this easy vs moderate. Stunning views and lightly trafficked on an early January morning. This trail is not very rocky for the majority of the distance and would make a great spot for trail running. However, on a wet morning, it was extremely muddy and difficult to traverse along with a couple stream crossings. Seemingly good signage; however, somehow still got off trail and ended up quite a distance in the wrong direction?! Several benches to stop and appreciate the scenery. Two parking lots at the park, 3$ entrance fee, and an available port-a-potty.

    hiking
    2 months ago

    Loved this short, amazing trail. Easy rating is appropriate, one brief stint over slick rock. So cool to have cacti on one side and a gorgeous deciduous forest on the other. Hiking in early January, water was flowing in the little stream. If hiking in wet weather this trail can be very muddy. Plenty of shade and peaceful, lovely views.

    So here's the thing ... when the reviews say leave your dog at home, probably best to heed the warning unless your pup bounds up boulders with the best of them. It is a lot to ask of the four-legged friends and they will likely need a boost (or 20) on the way up, and may look at you like you've lost your mind on the way down. My young guy was legit a trooper today (he looooves hikes and is probably above average) but he will likely be staying home next time. If your dog is a fair to average hiker be prepared to do a LOT of picking up and hauling. As for the human hikers, I wouldn't say this is the MOST challenging one I've done physically or mentally but it is definitely one of the more difficult in the area; read bouldering, using hands/feet, loose rock, etc. For comparison I've done a wide range of easy to extremely difficult (Thunderbird, North Mountain, Tom's Thumb, Peralta, Wave Cave, Black Mountain, Piestewa, Camelback to back, Havasupai, Mt. Baldy, Angel's Landing. etc). This trail definitely earns it's rating and you should consider being a well-trained and prepared hiker to safely complete this one. We saw several groups with very poor attire and footwear (I have excellent hiking shoes and slid/fell several times, new bruises popping up everywhere), as well as groups starting up quite late in the day. I definitely would not do this one in the dark even with the best headlamp. Sorry for the novel...Recap: difficult but amazing hike, gorgeous views, one of the BEST in the area, come prepared, wear proper shoes, allow 4-6 hours for above average hiker; rated 4.5 for being poorly marked and easy to get off track in several areas (look for white arrows, blue or white dots, and black X's).