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17 hours ago

I for some reason had a heck of a time navigating this trail. It is not marked. And that’s fine, not everything has to be marked, just make sure you really know where you are going before you head out, because it would be very easy to get lost or cliffed out in this area. The vortex is really cool though. I went in early September and it was over 100 degrees, no shade, so make sure to bring sun protection and water.

Amazing hike, view is well worth it! Just make sure to wear some good shoes or hiking boots, the trail consists of some real rocky terrain

hiking
7 days ago

This hike shouldn’t be rated at hard. Trail not always clearly marked but you can take the riverbed as well. At the end it can be a bit tricky and steep when you go to the end of the canyon. Absolutely beautiful views and this trail can always be made more challenging by climbing the surrounding rocks.

7 days ago

Great hike. Very easy with beautiful views. Can be a bit more challenging by climbing the rocks that surround the valley. Can co to us beyond the vortex for fabulous views of the ravine.

Great for kids, mine are 6 and 8 and did really well navigating the trail. Loved the cave at the end. It was worth the cold and wind we encountered the day we went.

What a view! Very pretty hike. It is calm and peaceful hiking out to the point. There are small to medium sized rocks the 1st mile and a half. And it is pretty sandy right near the end to the point. Love the view. Would do it again and would love to trial run. Would be super hot in the summer.

23 days ago

Really cool but super hard to find the huge bowl on top, hiking only on sandstone.

29 days ago

Awesome - just lightly snowed and rained which created an amazing setting. Loved it!

Great trail to take your dogs, but make sure they are on a leash when on top of the Overlook.

Our group loved this hike! We did think it should be rated moderate though, because the large rocks in the first mile were difficult for a couple older people in our group. The incline is easy, but the actual pathway is often moderate. The view at the top is incredible!

hiking
1 month ago

No idea why this is rated as ‘Hard’. This should be rated ‘Easy’ since you will be hard-pressed to get winded on any part of this hike. Regardless, it’s beautiful once you reach the canyon walls at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike if you follow the run off trail. We took the river bed trail to the right and it was moderate. We hiked in till we hit a wall and couldn’t go any further into the mountains. Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The first mile of this trail can be a bit redundant and monotonous but timing the hike to get to the cave around sunset provided us with some absolutely breathtaking views. There's plenty of room for exploring once you start the ascent to the cave and some beautiful overlooks and picture taking locations.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This was our second time returning to the trail. We like this simple wide trail for mountain biking with our little boys (4,6,& 8). It’s a small incline trail which makes for a fun return. Most beautiful surroundings!

Lots of sand. Beautiful view!

Did the hike in November on Thanksgiving weekend. The weather was perfect. Very few people. We were at the overlook area for about an hour and had it all to ourselves.
The boulders are ankle breakers. Kids did fine but my 74 year old mother needed quite a bit of help. Nonetheless it was totally worth it!
There is a fork in the trail that confused some in our group. Just stay left and you’ll be fine.

on The Vortex

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike with the kids. Sand, lava rock, sandstone, great views, fun destination.

2 months ago

Pretty hike

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail with unique formations and a variety of terrain. We were only able to find the trailhead thanks to this app. The entire trail is unmarked except for carins on the rocky section. We followed footprints in the sand but hiking after a rain would be tricky. Be sure to orient yourself and track your hike on an app. Beautiful scenery and natural trail.

Great hike, beautiful scenery. Done it multiple times and it never gets old

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