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    Laura Hurn added Zion

    24 days ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed L.V. Yates Trail (#8)

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn completed L.V. Yates Trail (#8)

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Wailua River and Secret Falls

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn saved Doe Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed The Sunrise Carriage Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn completed The Sunrise Carriage Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn saved Cougar and Alice Knight Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Cougar and Alice Knight Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn completed Cougar and Alice Knight Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Alice Knight Memorial Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I'm sentimental about this trail - I hiked it as a kid many times. That, coupled with the natural beauty make it worth anyone's while to take a walk on it.

    Laura Hurn completed Alice Knight Memorial Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Rock City Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn completed Rock City Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Coopers Rock State Forest Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn completed Coopers Rock State Forest Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Seneca Rocks Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn completed Seneca Rocks Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn saved See Canyon Trail #184

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed West Rim Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Ideal for families and anyone with disabilities because a good portion of this trail is paved. If you're a hiker, it's not a hike, it's a walk. ...but a walk with epic views.

    Laura Hurn completed West Rim Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge

    about 1 month ago

    Gorgeous views and a nice cardio if pick up your pace. There are a lot of mules that pass through here, so the steps are sunken in and there is poo every now & again.
    There's no way I'd recommend this trail during peak season or a weekend - too many people would make for an annoying hike.

    Laura Hurn completed South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point

    about 1 month ago

    Epic views. I'm afraid of heights, so the top of this trail unnerved me a bit because of the drop offs. But I focused on my feet, took one step at a time and made it down. It's a great cardio. And, I mean...the views...ridiculous.
    If you're not a hiker, be mindful of how far down you go. Unlike most hikes, reversing the trail back to the top can be a slow trip. But if you're a cardio person, hike fairly regularly, you'll be ok.

    Laura Hurn reviewed Spur Cross Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This trail had a lot of variance - desert, open vistas, creek crossing, and woodland. Because of that it's one of my fav's. It's special to walk along that creek - just lovely.

    Laura Hurn completed Spur Cross Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Dragonfly Trail

    about 1 month ago

    An absolutely lovely little hike among the cottonwoods, along Cave Creek. Lots of wildflowers, grass, trees, and, bonus - SHADE! ...a rarity on Phoenix trails. This little hike was very dreamy because of the vegetation and the trickle of the water. But be warned, snakes need to drink too - I saw a diamondback twisting and bending around the roots of a cottonwood, slowwwwwly lowering its head down into the water. Very elegant to watch, but for those of you who don't like snakes, beware.

    Laura Hurn completed Dragonfly Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn saved Dragonfly Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Black Canyon Trail Little Pan Loop

    about 1 month ago

    I liked this trail because it had water and wildlife. I saw livestock, which, for some reason, made my day. This trail had lovely views, too. I recommend it.

    Laura Hurn completed Black Canyon Trail Little Pan Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Lower Salt River Nature Trail

    about 1 month ago

    The trail itself to me was boring. And with the noise pollution of other park goers with kids, it's easy to be detracted. BUT, the horses. (sigh) And sometimes horses in the river playing around. There's just something about the horses that brings me back to this trail almost quarterly. Every time I go, I sit for a solid 30-60 minutes watching them. I typically always bring out-of-towners here if we have time, because the horses are so special and it's not a trail you need hiking or trail shoes for.
    If you're not into wild horses, look for a trail elsewhere.
    The horses are (unfortunately) people-friendly because idiots feed them. Last year, sadly, someone shot two of them. My point is that these horses are trusting and will come close to you. So please don't give them reason to fear by acting loudly around them; be respectful that you're in their habitat as only a visitor. And, PICK UP YOUR TRASH, this includes orange rinds and apple cores. Do not feed the horses!!
    The parking lot is quite large, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a spot.

    Laura Hurn completed Lower Salt River Nature Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn saved Jacob's Crosscut Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Hieroglyphic Trail

    about 1 month ago

    There are nice views along the trail and at the end, where you'll find the petroglyphs. The petroglyphs aren't subtle, either, so you'll have no problem finding them. :)
    I wouldn't recommend hiking this trail if you don't have proper hiking or trail shoes. You do need the grip here and there.
    There is a nice sized parking lot, too, so unless you're hiking this in peak season on a weekend, you'll find a spot.
    If you go during monsoon season, be mindful of a flash flood risk. At the end, where you'll find the petroglyphs are pools and a waterfall. Don't get caught in there if it's raining. The rocks would be too slippery to confidently be safe.

    Laura Hurn completed Hieroglyphic Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Horseshoe Bend Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a walk in loose dirt up a medium grade slope, and down the other side toward the canyon. And, this is a tourist stop for busloads of people who don't know hiking etiquette. That being said, its free and fabulous. It's a must-see for any nature lover, hiker, photographer, etc.
    Try to avoid this during peak seasons or on weekends, to ensure the trail isn't over-populated AND that you can find parking.
    Like everyone else says in these reviews, the view is incredible. It doesn't matter how many times you've been, it's always lovely to see. I typically stop here for a breath of fresh air on my way to Zion from Phoenix.
    Quick, short hike with an iconic view. ...and perfect desktop wallpaper picture opportunity.

    Laura Hurn completed Horseshoe Bend Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn saved Horseshoe Bend Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn saved Waterhole Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Laura Hurn reviewed Antelope Canyon

    about 1 month ago

    I don't really consider this a "hike", but rather more of a walk down stairs, into a canyon that offers you some of the most memorable views in your life. In fact, the only way to enter the canyon is through a tour. If you are a nature lover of any kind, this is a must-do.
    As the information above shows, you are not allowed to enter this canyon without a Navajo guide and a permit. Permits are cheap (under $10), and then the price of the tour. It's a large parking lot, so unless you're there in peak season on a weekend, you'll not have too hard a time parking.
    The tours are grouped of maybe 20-25 people at a time, with a Navajo guide who offers you details about the canyon and the surrounding land along the way.
    Again, you are not allowed to just part and walk down into the canyon. This is for your own safely because if you are in the canyon when it rains, you will drown. Sounds dramatic, but it's true. The guides let you know that only 1 inch of rain above-ground will flood this 80 ft deep canyon. So, heed the warning to never sneak in. Plus, it's about respect. This is tribal land that we're privileged to walk on. So, don't grumble about the fee or that you can't wander around alone. The guides will give you ample opportunities to stop and take pictures.
    For those who aren't into hiking, are disabled, or don't exercise regularly, the only way down, into the canyon is by climbing down narrow, grated stair cases.
    Fair warning, too, about the amount of tourists here. LIterally busloads. I've been twice, once in October, where there was minimal wait time (maybe 10 min max). The second time I went, I visited in mid-July, around 10am. The wait to get into the canyon lasted 45+ min as you stand outside in direct sunlight. There were hundreds of people standing, waiting for their tour group to enter down into the canyon. And because you're standing in direct sun, there were a few people in line when I was there who fainted. No joke. So if you're not acclimated to desert heat and don't have 2+ bottles of water, DO NOT GO IN THE SUMMER.
    Otherwise, this will be one of the most beautiful things you ever see.