I’m so glad that I did this hike. What a beautiful memorial to the brave men who gave their lives doing what they loved. Get there early as the parking lot only has about 15-20 parking spots and the shuttle service in Yarnell has been temporarily stopped. The initial climb when you start will definitely get your heart pumping. There was a brief period of shade on the way up (started at 7:30am) but zero shade there after and none on the way down. There are no restrooms and no water services so plan to stop at the Shell station at the base of the mountain before heading up. If you make it all the way to the Observation Deck, please push yourself to go a bit further and hike down to the fatality site. It was the most touching and memorable part of the hike.