An amazing hike with copious lizards, a random gopher? snake, and worthy tribute to 19 fallen heroes. Challenge your emotions at each stage of the trail. And please think of the sacrifice that took place here before you decide to destroy the trail with shortcuts.

This trail is a beauty to hike.


Bring plenty of water!
4 hr. + hike.
Memorial trail.
Limited parking.
Portable toilet at trailhead.
Benches.

If I could give this more stars I would! Wow so beautiful and surreal. Such a sad loss but the trail really does a great job in remembering the 19 hotshots. Just a note very limited parking space and no campers allowed as the spots are for compact cars only. But if you are in a RV and see no others there maybe a quick pull Thur as there are plaques and dedication signs at the entrance of the trail that tells you all about the trail and the fallen 19.

do not go to the Yarnell Prescott area without doing this hike! It is incredible, emotional, a great workout, and really explains what happened. The tribute to each of the HotShots is classy and well done! it is worth it to go the .6 down to the fatality site. there are also a ton of beautiful lizards crossing your path along the way. Go early it gets hot and there is not much shade, and take a lot of water with you. There are even benches to sit on along the way and enjoy the view. One of the best hikes I've ever been on.

There are many great reviews of this trail for hiking, so I will tailor mine to those interested in using this trail for trail running.

This is an awesome place to go trail running. For those of you from the Phoenix area like me, you will find this has many fewer rocks, is more clearly marked, and mixes incline and decline more evenly than most popular trail running spots like South Mountain in the Valley. A few more notes:

The two most difficult sections are the initial ascent and climb back up after leaving the deployment site. Thankfully, these sections are clearly marked and are characterized by switchbacks that lessen the severity of the climb. The rest of the trail has only minor climbs and is relatively flat. One other mitigating factor is the lack width on the trail. It is very narrow in certain sections, so be wary of trying to run past hikers.

Overall, this is a very good workout, but nothing that difficult. I was able to complete this in 1:50, and that included two stops to drink water and take in the memorial at the fatality site. The bus driver today told me that a marathon runner did it in 1:18.

I highly encourage everyone to go and pay tribute to the heroic first responders, learn their story, and get the heart rate going!

This beautiful trail in memory of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots is the most touching and heartwarming tribute one can imagine. The beautiful granite plaques memorialize each of the nineteen firefighters who lost their lives and truly depicts who they were as individuals. This is a well thought out trail with gradual switchbacks and benches placed along the path to rest and reflect. The 3/4mile decent to the fatality site contains crosses in memory of each hot shot encircled by nineteen gabions linked together. Momentos honoring these men cover the gabions as well as a memorial wall.
Completing this hike on Father’s Day made it specially fitting. God bless the souls of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots and the loved ones they have left behind.
I highly recommend this hike. Take your time and make a day of it. You will shed tears and be deeply touched by their bravery and sacrifice.

1 month ago

This trail is excellent. It's not only a beautiful tribute to the 19 hotshots that lost their lives, but the trail itself is a good combination of elevation gain and distance. Perfect training hike for trips that require both. You gain about 1100 ft over 5.5 miles to the Observation Deck, which looks down on the Fatality Site. To pay your respects, and to lose/gain another 500 ft and 1.5 miles, you can hike down to the site itself. Be prepared for a wave of emotion as you walk around the circle of gabions and view the mementos and heartfelt notes left for each hotshot. This is an out and back so, aside from the hike back up to the Observation Deck, the return is downhill. Fairly exposed with minimal shade. Bring plenty of water as there is none available at the trailhead. There are 2 portable potties in the parking lot, but parking is limited if you're not there fairly early. There is a shuttle that runs from Congress to the trailhead if parking is full. Previously the shuttle left from Yarnell.

I am humbled and moved by our hike today. It was really steep and definitely not for beginners to take lightly. Make sure you take plenty of water. The trek down to the Fatality Site was worth the grueling climb back up. I am in awe and forever grateful.

Steep from the start, certainly a good work out with my 40lb pack. Great trail in honor of fallen heroes. Get there early on weekends to get a parking space. There is a shuttle that runs also. Take lots of water, Yarnell gets hot in the summer.

It was an amazing hike! definitely not for a beginner or smaller children. I saw a lot of smaller kids and not carrying water bottles. Took almost 4 hours round trip. Coming back down is much much easier. Make sure you have a lot of water! They do have port o pots at the entrances.

A must see. Awesome memorial for fallen heroes.

Amazing benches in just the right places for non hikers.

Absolutely amazing and breathtaking. Being able to read the stories and to see the fatality site and their path to the evacuation point took my breath away. Beautiful hike and I feel so honored to have been able to go while on vacation.

Awesome trail with great views. Humbling! Be sure and stop and read the 19 granite plaques that tell a story of each of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.

hike starts immediately with elavation! The memorial on the way tells the story of these heroes. Anyone having relatives come into town should take them on this hike

Loved this hike! Beautiful trail with memorials along the way. A little warm so bring plenty of water and get there early. Very few parking spots near the trial, but there is a shuttle. We ate at Arrowhead Grill a the food was delicious. :)

We watched the movie while camping the night before. The hike was great. Definitely a moderate or moderate + if you hike the last leg from the observation point to the fatality site. A very inspiring hike. God bless the families if these heroes.

It was a nice sunny day. My wife and I enjoyed the hike. The trail and tribute is great.

It was an absolutely beautiful day to take this hike with my husband and our 12 year old daughter. I’m leaning towards saying it’s a bit more than moderate but that’s coming from being a year out of a total knee replacement. The tributes to the fallen hero’s along the trail are beautifully written. At the observation area the view of the fatality site and the memorial wall with the patch’s left by other FDs and PDs from all over the country was very moving . But , we strongly recommend if you have the time make the hike down to the fatality site. It’s so powerful to stand and take in the memorial to those brave men and see the terrain that surrounded them.

This trail definitely takes some time but it is so wonderfully humbling to follow the final steps of these brave men. My dogs and I enjoyed our lunch on the observation deck, left my husbands station’s patch on the tribute wall, and said a silent prayer at the fatality site. It’s not for the faint of heart, bring plenty of water, and enjoy the beauty of this humbling location. I’ll definitely be back again!

Beautiful! Watch out for Rattle Snakes sun bathing trail side! It warned us and then slithered away slowly. Enjoy, be safe!

Hiked this trail with a friend a month ago, and hiked it by myself today. Started early - first car in the parking lot - and was on the trail by 7:45 am. Both hikes have taken me 3.5 hours, which tells me it's about 7.5 miles from trail head past the observation deck and down to the actual memorial. I continue to be disappointed in the trail etiquette of some hikers. Since I was first person on the trail today, I passed every hiker after me, on my return. I know those hikers dropped orange peels, candy wrappers, and crackers, and I observed many hikers damaging the off-trail areas by taking shortcuts between the switch backs. In the one month between my hikes at this trail the shortcuts on the trail between the observation deck and the memorial are such that in many places the entire trail is deteriorated and new post-fire vegetation destroyed. Still a beautiful trail with stunning view and rock formations, but you'd better hike it soon before it becomes even more deteriorated.

Very well done trail with beautiful memorials along the way. Parking is slim, bring extra water. Downhill the whole way out, which makes the elevation gain a little easier to handle.

Great single track ! Some steep make sure you double your water .... you will need it!

This was well worth the 7 mile hike, I would love to do it again.

This is a great hike. Really enjoyed it. Get there early to get a parking spot at the park

a little bit tougher thank i expected. well worth the dividend. RIP GRANITE MOUNTAIN HOT SHOTS

Beautiful tribute. Wonderful hike!

Difficulty is Moderate.
RT distance to overlook only, 5.5 miles.
RT to Deployment site 2.0 miles
Total RT distance 7.5 miles.
Elevation gain, Trailhead to Overlook. 1,200 feet.
Elevation gain, Deployment Site to Overlook 500'
Total Elev. gain, RT trailhead to deployment 1,700'

Note: I used a very expensive pressure altimeter, and found the decent to the deployment site to be 500 feet vs the advertised 400 feet. I checked twice

The trail to the overlook is 2-3/4 mile one way and about 1,200 feet of elevation gain. Then from the overlook a optional 1 mile trail descends 500 feet to the site where 19 hot shots were trapped and died from a 2,000 degree fire.

Then you gain that 500 feet back to the overlook, then the decent back to the trailhead.

There views clear to Wickenburg, and Vulture Peak. After turning to the North you can see Yarnell and when ascending to the ridge top The Prescott Valley comes into view.

Every 600 linear feet, a plaque of each of the 19 Hot Shots along with a brief description of the person can be seen on granite rocks. These are all next to the trail at eye level.

If you choose to descend to the deployment site, you will see small walls of rocks inside heavy gauge wire. There is one for each hot shot. You can place items on these to honor them.

Inside the circle there are crosses, nineteen total, one for each hot shot, with their names.. The crosses are placed at where that person was found.

While there it's hard to imagine the terror they experienced from a 2,000 degree fire that shifted. The fire was moving at such high speed through ten foot high chaparral, there was no out running it.

After you arrive back at the overlook, check out the wall with all the patches from all over the country. There is a small metal box at the wall for donations.

And when leaving, think of the hotshots carrying 70 pounds of gear. This is a very scenic and educational hike. You can see for over a hundred miles.

Be aware the trailhead is on a one way road and only has parking for 13 vehicles. If it's full Do Not Park Along Side The Road. If you do, you will find a ticket on your vehicle.

Instead, drive back towards Congress and at the first place you can turn back onto the Northbound lanes do so. Then drive to the city of Yarnell and there will be plenty of signs pointing the way to the parking area for the shuttle.

Take the shuttle and donate $5.00 as it's the right thing to do. When you return to the trail from your hike, just wait and the shuttle will be there within 15 minutes. Bring your camera and take plenty of photos.

This is a must do trip, and one last piece of important information. You will see from the deployment site the ranch they were headed for. Also a quick 3/4 mostly level hike to where you parked for the shuttle.

Don't do it, as it's private property and posted No Trespassing. The ranch owner i have been told has zero tolerance, and will have you arrested.

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