hiking
no shade
5 days ago

Beautiful hike, great views. Trail well marked, no complicated wayfinding needed. Excellent views throughout, some great rock outcroppings. Very little traffic today in early morning, 5/28/20. Somewhat buggy this time of year w gnats.

hiking
over grown
rocky
5 days ago

It was a beautiful hike to the peak. However I don't recommend for kids 10 and under. My oldest had a good time, but she also struggled. The trail starts out great, but quickly turns very rocky and in some places steep and narrow. The road to the trail is very rough, narrow and alot of switch backs. So be careful of the ATVs who like to speed up and down.

There’s no reception up here so couldn’t download a different trail - tried to do a loop but pretty sure I heard a bear or large animal so turned around and did a partial out and back on original trail. Beautiful, loved it - highly recommend.

I had been wanting to do this one for a while, so I completed it last week. Nice trail. Pretty steep going up and a lot of sun in the PM. It was definitely a workout. I think the actual distance was closer to 9 miles (based on trail markers and other reviewers). Excellent views of the San Pedro River Valley and Bear Canyon.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome views. Creek flowing still. Love the diverse terrain. The actual trail name is snowshed trail

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike. Narrow trail , and over grown in spots. Overall great hike

hiking
rocky
23 days ago

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

I really enjoyed the trail- well marked and traveled for the most part from the east Stronghold up to the saddle. The West side trail is a more narrow/steep descent. Very peaceful and serene spring in the beginning and beautiful formations all along the way. It took me 5 hours for the round trip (with lots of pauses for pictures), but it could be done in about 4 hours with a steady pace.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area. Even in early May Half Moon Tank was full of water. We hiked from the campground west to the summit and turned around there. Awesome views on the way up. As of this writing, campground is closed but trail is still accessible if you park outside the campground gate.

Did this trail last year on a rainy day with my brother and got to see snow fall on top of the final hill. Great trail and beautiful area and decent views. Not wise to hike in rain but we're not beginners and are well prepared

horseback riding
scramble
1 month ago

This is listed as a horse trail. No way is it suitable for horses. We started up and got to very very steep stairs. Very dangerous for horses and luckily ours are trained to turn around on their hocks in a very narrow space.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
bridge out
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
fee
rocky
1 month ago

Should be about 10.7mi total, forgot a record about half a mile

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Completed 04/25/2020: What a beautiful hike with amazing views throughout the entire trail. It was a fairly secluded hike as we only saw about 8 people, and that was all within the first mile. We completed the trail to the summit which has amazing 360 degree views of the the Catalinas, the Rincons, and overlooking the city of Tucson. The trail is very easy to follow and is ever changing, between stair at the beginning, to large rocky terrain, to loose rock. The most challenging parts of the trail were the first half mile (stairs), and the last half mile which the grade increases significantly. There is no shade, so plan accordingly with the time of day you go as it does get hot! Throughout the trail at this time of year, you will see a lot of wildflowers and flowering cacti which make for beautiful scenery. Make sure you bring lots of water, I went through 3.5L and that was not enough. I always recommend hiking boots due to the rough terrain. Lots of ankle rollers and rocks. Support your feet! Overall, I would go back and do it again, given the chance.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

I enjoyed this hike! Lots of good elevation and rolling hills. Nice shade. Cool up at this elevation. Overall well marked. However, it can be slippery and narrow in certain parts. Views really open up during the second half of the hike. At the end instead of bearing left and going to the road (which just seemed anti-climatic after a big hike), took the right fork and climbed up on some boulders for a massively gorgeous view and called it our summit. Saw a baby horny toad. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

mountain biking
1 month ago

Not suitable for mountain biking, It's very difficult.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful at higher altitudes and cool....different terrain all the way through to keep it interesting...several areas have lots of loose rock making coming down tricky. I’d say the distance on the trail markers is off by about 0.5-1mi

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

The trail is nice up to a point. There is a water source in the form of a drip well. After the well the trail fall apart. It is not maintained and you have to make your own path.

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