With the wildflowers blooming and the water levels being so high, this hike was just stunning. The trail is in good shape, and the scenery varies, even for a short hike. When things are brown and dry, it will still be a nice trail, but right now it's gorgeous.
I wasn't aware of the $6 park entry fee, however this hike was well worth the cost. I took my dog Grommet for an afternoon hike on a Sunday and we were practically the only ones out there. We took the Pipeline Canyon trail all the way down to the water. Needless to say, this trail is incredibly beautiful. Not only are there saguaro cactus growing all over the hillsides, but I was lucky enough to run into a falconer who was training his Harris Hawk. It completely made my day watching the hawk fly around the desert landscape, and ever so gracefully land on his master's perch.
Grommet and I enjoyed a game of swimming fetch at the end of Pipeline Canyon. The trail actually ended at that point because the bridge was out due to high water. On our way back to the car, we ended up taking Pipeline Canyon and turned right onto to Yavapai Point trail to make this a fantastic loop with mind-blowing beautiful views.
Epic and easy hike. 10 out of 10 would recommend.
Nice ride, definitely a full day trip. Left Phoenix around 11am and returned around 7pm after stopping for a burger and drink in Crown King. Most of the trail was moderate but there are a couple pretty large obstacles (rocks/boulders) that you could not bypass towards the end so you have to go over them. There was a backup of vehicles in this area as nearly every 4x4 we saw go over them bottomed out (even some with lifts). Was able to do it in my stock Wrangler Unlimited, bottomed out a few times but was able to make it over. A little bit of a lift would have been helpful! Talked to some people at the top and part of their group didn't make it due to a broken axle on one vehicle and a broken control arm on another vehicle. Fun drive but some tough spots.
Brian O. on Backway to Crown King
Jeep Rubicon no problem, saw a few F150s making the run. Drive through stream can get deep after rain.
Outstanding trail quality and quick ascent to the top of Yavapai Point. The cloudless, sunny day made for beautiful colors of the desert and the deep blue of the lake. I would recommend this trail to everyone as the combination of surrounding mountains, beautiful desert, and blue lake made for a very nice day. Lots of great photos taken today.