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Steep, rocky, and narrow in parts. Definitely a difficult trail but doable. the views from the top are worth it. Go early to beat the crowds - a highly trafficked trail.

On the 304 yesterday. Did the loop, starting on the east and looping around to the west. Th east wing is a little bit difficult, climbing steeply up a rocky trail until it reaches the top. At the top, there is a nice park bench for comfortable seating before heading on. Heading to the right, you can follow the 8 to the 8B, or eventually to the 100. I believe that is the way to 2 Bit Peak, where I have been a couple times, though not in the last couple of years. Heading to the left, you will traipse through the desert for a ways before you turn off onto the 1A or continue on the 304 and back to Squaw Peak Drive and parking. The 304 loop is only about 2 miles, but it leads to other much longer hikes. I have done 10 miles starting on the 304. Yesterday it hit 105 degrees and I went out at 1 pm, so I was definitely in it, but I was not alone. There were quite a few people out, most on the summit trail, but I saw some on my trail, too. At the end, I was asked for directions from father and daughter and I am pretty sure they did not have water. I had some to spare, and went back after them, but did not catch up. Hope they made it a short hike. The day started out sunny, but quickly turned cloudy and ended up overcast. Anyway, fun summer hike.

Great work out. Amazing environment! Friendly fellow hikers!

It may be perfect for kids but I was there at 545am and it looked like a shopping mall. Phoenix has lots of other locations unless you have kids go there.

Good workout. Nice views of the city.

Pretty easy to be honest if you've hiked Camelback. Stairs pretty much the whole time besides the beginning, steep in most areas. Good hike, very pretty at top. Up and down in 1.5 hours.

I hiked this mountain on 6/28, I am around 250 lbs, 5’5ft. It was my 1st time being able to finish the mountain. If I could do it, anyone else can. The only part I found difficult was coming back down. You do have to be careful if not, you can easily slip.

Great hike for leg day!!! It’s pretty crowded so get there early if you want a good spot close to the trail!

Good hike a little hot, get out early and get er done!!! I think it would be great to trail run this trail.

Challenging hike with beautiful views.

What a beautiful, challenging trail overlooking Phoenix and the surrounding mountains. The fellow hikers were some of the friendliest I’ve encountered.

This is a great hike if your just looking for leg day which is cool but it’s a little short and overly designed for my taste. Very intense incline and worth while view at the top

Beautiful hike. Great trail for a steady incline run.

Fun trail. Great views! We made it to the tower.

This is my “go to” trail because it’s just under an hour round-trip and it’s a good workout. Plus, it’s never crowded. Depending on when you go, the parking lot could be crowded, but that is mostly because of the mountain bikers who use the other trails. You never see a crowd on this trail. There is definitely a lot of loose rock, so you have to pay attention. And, the 1st mile or so is somewhat flat and somewhat boring. But, after that it becomes a lot more interesting. And, once you get to the top, the views are spectacular! Also, it’s a very friendly trail. Almost everyone you meet will greet you with a warm hello.

Interesting feel to this one. You know you’re 10 minutes out of the city yet feel like you’re in the middle of no where.

For the more experienced this is great for a late afternoon or early morning hike to beat that mid day sun.

Still a great hike for those less experienced hikers. Be sure to bring lots of water and allow ample daylight to finish.

Perfect morning hike. I always get a good breeze at the top, no matter the time of day or month. I love it.
Stay along trail, anything else is unsafe. Plenty of water if starting late, you exhaust easily because it's so steep.

I hike in Phoenix Mountains Preserve a few times a week. I've done the Freedom Trail many times but had never done the full circumference until yesterday. A great combo of elevation gain and distance. Perfect for training with a pack. While not as busy as the Summit Trail, the entire park is crawling with fair weather hikers when the weather is nice, who don't really understand hiking etiquette. This can be particularly frustrating when you're going up a steep incline with a fully-laden pack and they nearly knock you off the trail instead of stepping aside. One note about the map...the portion of the trail marked 200A is actually 202. There is ample signage to help you along the way.

Very pretty hike, but should be rated hard. About half of it is steep switchbacks.

Super easy trail. Love this hike for days when I don’t have a ton of time but still want get in some cardio. Views are great and not too busy.

This is the perfect early morning trail for my dog and me. Pretty busy on the weekends though. It’s not difficult, but you definitely feel like you get a good workout in if you keep a good pace.

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VOAZ is a handy crossover between northern and southern wings of the 1A (Perl Charles) trail. Traipsing along the 1A on the north side, it's a little easy to miss the marker for VOAZ, but finding it provides a heady climb over the mountain. The trail tops out at close to 2,000 feet, so not too bad. There is beautiful and striking scenery along the way.

Great views of the city, and challenging vertical hike

Great trail. Love the views from the top. See if you can find the helicopter landing area off of the switchback portion of the trail.

Great little in town walk/hike.

Short, simple. Good and quick in town exercise. Not particularly special in my opinion.

I think this is a much more enjoyable hike than Camelback. Still a beast but terrain is more consistent.

Arrived shortly after opening and had the trail to myself until almost the top. Good workout but way too rocky for me given my tendency to roll my ankle. A little more busy on the way down but still only passed about 15 hikers. Parking lot was full when I finished. Minus the rocks, a good alternative to the crowds at Piestewa.

Started at 6:30 and took 48oz of water. It wasn’t enough. I could have used 64. That said the climb is tough but worth it at the top. I was slowest guy on the trail I think. I saw one guy who was running it and did it twice at least. It is very busy. You are never out of sight of people. I met an 83 year old who has been doing it for 43 years.

Great workout for a hike! It basically stairs all the way to the top. An incline and elevation gain of a little over 1,000ft! Beautiful views of the valley day and night. It’s a favorite spot!

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