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    Daniella Dawson reviewed Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak

    over 1 year ago

    This was the hardest hike I have ever attempted and may well have been one of the most miserable experiences of my life. Ha Ling trail starts out gently enough; soft underfoot, green and lush and stunning. Then it heads up and basically you want to die.

    This trail is immensely steep the elevation gain is incredible and it's fast. There are sections where you literally have to climb rock or tree fall. We ran into snow as we got closer to the top which made the going slippery and dangerous and then it started to rain.

    The view from the top, I've heard because this girl didn't get there, is outstanding and worth the pain in its triumph but I wasn't getting there.

    If you attempt this trail bring food, bring water and pace yourself. Do not take this hike lightly, it's marked as hard, it is hard.

    Daniella Dawson reviewed Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

    over 1 year ago

    This hike was insanely busy, a steady stream of people both up and down, not a lot of space to pass if people are going slow. Most of the hike was a steady incline hike, mulchy, rocky, sandy. There were a few spots you could splinter off to see the rivers and waterfalls including a cool cave through which you can stumble out to the other side of another waterfall.

    The coolest part of the hike, of course, the sudden drop in temperature, the sound of crashing water and coming around a busy, crowded bend to see.... a glacier. Now, went in May. I'll let that sink in.... We started on a forest path, in tank tops and yoga pants, it was warm enough to be in the pool at the hotel and BOOM, glacier.

    I had no idea what this hike entailed so this surprised me, I think needless to say, though it's actually the draw for most hikers to this particular trail.

    Daniella Dawson reviewed Antelope Canyon

    over 1 year ago

    This was too short for a fifth star. Antelope Canyon was on my bucket list so my mum and I drove up from Phoenix, spent the night in Page and toured Antelope the next day with Antelope Canyon Tours by Caroline Ekis. (If you have the chance, ask to tour with Abraham, 5 stars for Abraham, he knows his stuff.) We started at the tour site in the morning, boarded a pickup truck with a covered box with bench seating that sat about 20 people and drove about ten twenty minutes to the site.

    The hike itself is easy: flat, sand over rock and wide enough for a couple people to pass by side by side. There are rocky outcroppings that'll concuss you if you're not paying attention and I can guarantee you'll be craning your neck upwards enough of the time for that to be a reality so take a spotter! My only complaint is that the slot is short, it took us only 45 minutes to get to the end, if people hadn't been photographing every four feet it would have been 25-30 minutes, so it's not a long trek. For how long I'd been dying to get in there I was expecting a longer trek.

    Set your camera to chrome before going in or the pictures won't capture the light right and they'll be greyed out and dull. (Your guide will very likely tell you this when you get there.) Go mid-morning for the best light. (Again, when you call to book the tour group will advise you on that based on the time of year you are going in.)

    Daniella Dawson completed Antelope Canyon

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson reviewed Horseshoe Bend Trail

    over 1 year ago

    What a bizarre hike. I wouldn't really call it a hike. We found this by accident driving past a parking lot packed with cars and drove in after Antelope Canyon to see what's up. We walked up the first hill, saw a sign that reminded us to bring water and couldn't figure out why until we crested the hill which was a steep incline of deep sand, actually quite exhausting. Over the top you can see the "hike" which is a staircase of pale rock buried in shifting sand stretching half a mile to the cliff face which was utterly breathtaking. The cliff edge is rocky and craggy, easy to stumble and fall and definitely not hard to imagine a tumble into the bend so be very careful because there is no rail!

    Bring water. We didn't. We thought the top of the first hill was the lookout point, we wandered off without water and coming back up we definitely felt it. Outstanding photo opportunities. If you have one, bring your drone. We saw a couple of people taking photos from their drone flown cameras that I can only imagine are out of this world.

    Daniella Dawson completed Horseshoe Bend Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson reviewed Lost Dog Wash Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This was my first Arizona hike back in 2016 October. We got out midday so the sun was high and this trail does not boast a lot of shady spots. We went about halfway in then turned and came back instead of looping the full way around. It was quite dull, flat and easy, nothing spectacular to see and nothing at the end to reach as an end goal. If you haven't been to the desert this is a nice introduction to desert flora and hiking in the sun.

    Daniella Dawson reviewed Butcher Jones Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Loved this hike. It was so diverse. You start off in sand and shifting rock, scale a rocky cliff face of pale stone, descend into a dark tunnel of post-flood debris and tangled vegetation, emerge into a lush green forest with emerald grass and tall trees then come out onto another rocky inclined lined with cacti and desert plants. It was an easy hike, some up and down and one ascent that made my poor exhausted legs despise my poor choices but otherwise felt like a casual stroll. The lake is visible from almost every position but not necessarily accessible, but there are a few spots one could likely get down to the shore and wade in for a swim.

    Daniella Dawson completed Butcher Jones Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson reviewed Hieroglyphic Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This was a nice easy-ish hike. I would advise heading up early in the morning because the first 2/3 you are in direct sun and there is little to no shade. It's very rocky and there is lots to trip on, rocks sliding underfoot and shifting as you walk. The top is mountainous, wear shoes with grip or be prepared to use your hands there will be points where you have to essentially climb. The top is definitely worth it, a lazy river and a few pools, hieroglyphs scrawled along the face of the river and lots of shade to hang out and relax. It's a perfect place to have lunch, splash around and hang out. The trail is heavy traffic all morning, lots of people up and down, and it's fairly narrow so there'll be a few times you'll spend waiting on people to pass to continue on but all in all this was definitely worth the drive.

    Daniella Dawson completed Hieroglyphic Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson saved Stoneworks Canyon

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson saved Quarry Lake

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson saved Wapta Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson saved Twin Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson saved Lake Oesa Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Daniella Dawson reviewed Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout

    over 1 year ago

    What an ass kicker. I would rate myself as an easy-moderate trail hiker and I took this one on convinced in my head that I was more capable than I am. I got to the lookout point. The terrain is rocky and sandy and the sun beats down on the side of the mountain that most of the trail runs across. You better keep your eyes on the trail because any distractions will result in a trip and there are steep drop offs that could definitely hurt.
    But persevere because the end goal is absolutely worth the pain. I'm crawling into a hot bath full of ice now to recover. Happy hiking.

    Daniella Dawson saved Hieroglyphic Trail

    over 1 year ago