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    11 months ago

    This is a nice little trail if you are on a trip up or down Arizona. The parking lot is a little crazy and expect throngs of visitors but it is a great chance to stretch your legs for a few minutes.

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    I spent three days hiking all over Bryce. This hike is beautiful. Of all the hikes in the north end of the park this one really had the most magical views. If you leave early in the morning you will find solitude and quiet and probably beat the horses in and out.

    As with all of the trails that depart from the rim you will do most of your hard work coming back out.

    Start from Bryce Point rather than where it joins the Navajo Loop. The descent from the point is really lovely.

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    This is the most spectacular view in the park. Don't skip this one - no matter what!

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    If you want to commune with hoodoos and find solitude this is your hike. I ran into only a few other hikers and the views were amazing.

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    Once you get past the paved portion of the trail the throngs of people dissipate and the views are incredible. Upper Inspiration Point is fantastic!

    Incredible views. Lots of hikers.

    Sunday, July 02, 2017

    Very well maintained shady trail. It was a steady but not too steep incline with incredible views at the top!

    (You probably won't have cell service to check your map or check-in until you get high enough.)

    Thursday, June 01, 2017

    Steep and fast. It's a really good workout.

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    The trail has lots of boulders and rocks to climb around and climb over. The tunnel is incredible. Wear good shoes.

    There were Lots of tiny lizards on the trail today!

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    This hike is a hidden treasure! The trails are very nice with a lot less loose rock and gravel than a lot of other valley hikes.

    There are huge saguaros and great views along most of the path.

    It is a steady incline but not too steep considering the amount of elevation gain you make.

    It connects to other trails near the peak making it easy to add length to your adventure.

    This is the type of hike I would bring out of town visitors on.

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The trails were a little crazy and unmarked. You never lose sight or sound of the city.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    This was a really great trail with some big ups! You will get a good workout, see a lot of great scenery, and avoid a lot of the summit traffic.

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Soooooooooo many bikers. I got annoyed having to get out of their way so much.

    The trail is rated moderate but it was pretty flat most of the time. I would guess it was rated moderate solely for length.

    Good trail for trail running as there are far fewer rocky patches on this route.

    There were great flowers on parts of the hike.

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    This is a good trail for trail running. The trails are pretty clear compared to other local hikes.

    I was somewhat annoyed by the number of bikers and having to get out of their way so much. For that reason alone I do t think I will frequent this trail much.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    My short hobbit-like legs made for a steady pace to the top and a slow trip back down. Such incredible views!

    Great workout! Wear sunscreen.

    Bring bug spray. There were a lot of mosquitos tonight.

    Sunday, March 05, 2017

    I parked over at the North Mountain visitor's center, took trail 100 over to 101, and then up to the peak.

    It is a nice fast hike if you are looking for a good in-town workout. Great views but a lot of traffic.

    Saturday, March 04, 2017

    You do not gain the 900+ feet mentioned in the hike description. It is only around 600.

    This is a very pretty area! It is greener than a lot of other in-town hikes with a great view of other mountains once you get to the top.

    There are a lot of points where various trails cross and actually finding the ridgeline trail was difficult.

    The trail was super rocky (the type of rocky where there are rocks sticking up all over large lengths of the trail, not really gravelly like other local trails). Due to the rocks this is not a great trail running trail.

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    This trail was super flat with the exception of the hike to the summit. I think the only reason it was rated moderate instead of easy was because it was fairly long. This is only a tough workout if you run this trail.

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    This was a pretty hike.

    Sunday, February 19, 2017

    This is a good walk to take non-hikers and kids on.

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    This is my new favorite in-town hike. I arrived around 8 am and had the trail mostly all to myself. It is long enough with enough elevation gain to give you a good workout, and the trails to the summits are well marked. The views from the top of both summits were incredible.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Beware of the one-horned mountain goat. Coming down from the saddle he was actually following me!

    When I lived in Utah I'd do this hike several times each summer. Now living in Phoenix I only get to do it once a year. It is always incredible.

    The last part of the trek from the saddle to the top is pretty brutal if you aren't used to the elevation. There is a lot of climbing up and over rocks. Maybe I'm just getting old but I wish I had brought walking sticks with me this year!

    Put on lots of sunscreen. The sunburns that bloom on this hike are horrendous.

    The wild flowers were in full bloom.

    This was really an incredible trail. We entered by the natural entrance and did the self-guided tour of the big room plus the guided tour of the King's Palace. If we had more time I'd have paid for more of the extra guided tours to see even more of the cave system. I also recommend just hiking back out. We made it out way faster than our pals who waited in the massive elevator line.

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    This is a beautiful little walk. It was totally paved. This is a great place to take friends or family that don't actually hike. We saw a moose right off of the trail today.

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    This is a short steep hike. Super fast but with a great view. There is less traffic here than other valley hikes so you can get a bit of solitude.

    A lot of people park in the lot off of Easter Drive and just hike from the lot to the top. If you do that you miss out on the best part of the loop. I really prefer to park in the North Mountain Visitor's Center, start on trail 100 and meet up with the Shaw Butte Loop. Doing that means actually losing sight of the city and feeling like you are in the wilderness and not just hiking on a service road the whole time.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    This is really nice if you only have an hour to spend. Plus the views are really incredible!

    Depending on the book or app you use this trail is 2-4 miles long. There are lots of little trails and at some points it is hard to know for sure that you are on the official trail. My fitness tracker logged about 2.5 miles. (The elevation gain if you are on the circumference trail is definitely NOT 800 feet as Alltrails is listing... I think the books I have are more accurate. One says 400 and the other says 500. Those both seem more plausible because there is a bit of uphill but not that much.)

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017