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One of the challenging trails I have hiked. Totally worth it.

Really easy, perfect for beginners and kids.

I'd call this moderate but strenuous. Nothing incredibly difficult about the ascent, just a lot of work if you aren't in the best shape (me). I particularly enjoy that it's not the usual desert landscape. There are a lot of trees and shady areas that you can feel the temp drop as soon as you walk through them. There's a beautiful view of the Needle at the top with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the view. A great all around hike. Plan on about 90-120 minutes up and about an hour back down.

Getting to the trailhead is straightforward. Once you get off the 60 you go about a mile on pavement, then loose asphalt. Then the rest of the road in is about 5 miles of washboard dirt so be prepared. Nothing a little car can't handle, but it does take a bit of time to get to the parking lot.

The trail is pretty easy to follow and mostly marked by its wear. In the few spots it wasn't completely obvious there are kairns ti guide you in the right direction.

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17 hours ago

Ild call this moderate for sure. It’s lots of loose rock, sorta steel, and a bit of both at the end. With the effort though!

Did this hike a week ago and loved it. Definitely a change of scenery. Felt very foresty (as opposed to the usual desert landscape) with the trees and bush, especially at the beginning. Awesome rock formations and views the whole way up. I was worried about the trail's difficulty but would say the trail is moderate and the elevation is gradual. Weaver's Needle is super cool to see too. Loved how "out there" the park felt (as opposed to more urban environments like Camelback or Dobbins Lookout), a total escape. We started at 2 pm, weather in the 60s or so, and almost the entire trail was in the shade, so we got pretty cold at certain points. Wished I wore leggings and brought a jacket. Moderate to highly trafficked. Also, beware that the trailhead is at the end of a 7 mile dirt road. Saw quite a few sedans but would still recommend driving a SUV if possible.

Gorgeous views on the east side of the mountain. Never very crowded. Easy place to hike where there are people, but you can still feel like you are by yourself. A lot of small trails to run around on, and nothing overly strenuous.

Challenging and rewarding all together! Brought 3L of water and did not run out, but it was only 60F out. Gloves helped with the rock scrambles. Follow the dots, arrows and X’s. When in doubt, stay left. It was packed with people, but made for some friendly chats with strangers. Took ~2.5hrs to make the ascent. Bring a snack (and maybe a can of craft beer) for the summit and enjoy the views!!

My all time favorite hike in AZ. The hike is strenuous with some rock climbing/hopping areas. Can be very busy though.

We hiked 12-08-18, we brought 3 bottles (16 oz)of water each and we did not finish all of it, brought lunch though, we had picnic at the summit. Things you need:
Proper hiking shoes, water, food, trail nuts, and a lot of will power and strength, and also you need a keen eye to watch for those painted white dots or the black X to follow the trail others had done, those are easier, don’t listen to anyone who tells you to follow a faster way up, it is hard and you might find yourself going back and following the other trail back up again...

for two 66 year olds it was all we wanted. beautiful scenery

HIGHLY reccomend

1 day ago

LOVE this hike. So worth it! Going over to the summit is a must as well.

I forget how much I love this trail. It never ceases to impress me when you come up over the saddle!

My favorite hike yet. Beautiful up, at the top, and back. Hope to do it again soon.

Great trails a little rocky, so watch your step. Overall a nice hike with plenty of mountain views.

Loved going on this hike. The views are absolutely amazing and it has some fun scrambling portions near the end.

A great hike today. Love this trail. Dont be scared of it, just get out there and do it.

Quick easy hike. Beautiful views and the cave is a nice area to relax before heading back.

Did the Black Mesa Loop Trail today which is exactly the same as this - and also the correct name, I believe. Good trail!

Great hike, beautiful views and perfect weather!
This exact trail is listed twice on Alltrails. The other name is Lost Dutchman Loop.

This trail is an introverts dream come true, only saw two other people the whole time I was there! Not to mention the view from the top is amazing

Fabulous trail. Beautiful scenery. About 2 hours to the top, barring breaks.

Great trail with beautiful views up and back down. Moderate difficulty... would be good for kids and people who don’t move as well or as quickly. Lots of rock features and beautiful vegetation all the way up.

This is not an easy trail. It earns every bit of its difficulty rating. Me, my girlfriend and her 18 year old daughter took this hike last week. There were parts where we almost called it quits. The last mile is the hardest. Lots of jagged rocks. Lots of places to skip on loose rock. 3 things you should absolutely consider: plenty of water, proper shoes and a pair of gloves for the decent. All will make this hike more enjoyable.

Such an amazing beautiful hike . It’s was tough going up my sister in law and I lost our way but got back on the trail thanks to fellow morning hikers !
Such a reward reaching the top !
You do have to pay 7$ to get in .
There is also a gnarly spot when you’re getting closer to the top where you have to reach with your legs and pray lol . Over all the best hike♥️.
I would say hiking shoes make things less complicated !

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8 days ago

Nice hike. Gradual climb so not strenuous but kinda challenging for my parents (in their 70’s) due to the rocky path. Very cool drawings on rock face and lots of boulders that the kids love to climb. Some water in the pools but it wasn’t flowing.

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8 days ago

This hike is one of my favorites! The view at the top is definitely worth every bit. We calculated more so 12-13 mile hike because we came from The First Water Trailhead which is just at the end of the dirt road the Wave Cave trailhead is on if you know where that is. Trail is absolutely beautiful but be careful because it isn’t marked very well. Bringing a GPS will help. The terrain changes a lot as you go- dirt, loose rock, boulder climbing. The boulder climbing isn’t until you get up to the mountain and for about a mile you’ll be climbing to get to the top and end of the spine. If you’ve never climbed boulders before or are afraid of heights this part will challenge you but it’s all worth it!

Had a wonderful time hiking the trail!

Loved this hike! Very challenging but so rewarding. Took someone’s tip and brought gloves which helped so much on the way down. I would suggest leave the dogs at home. It’s just a lot at the end to expect of them. Wish I would’ve had better shoes. Took us 3 hours to get up and roughly 2 1/2 down.

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