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beautiful view all the way throughout the loop

A great hike not very hard but very pretty. We did it in the spring so saw no water in “river” but still a pretty Trail

4 months ago

Was not impressed by this potential hike. Found the parking area with little trouble but could not locate the actual trail. There was no signage if any type...no trail markings....plus the terrain was very rocky with lots of “prickly” undergrowth. This trail is very remote, difficult to locate and the landscape is only mildly interesting. I would not recommend this hiking option. There are too many good options available in this region to waste ones time in this less than impressive hike.

Nice trail with good views

March with Michael, took 70 minutes walking fast to get finished before sunset. Great panoramic views.

Great easy hike, beautiful canyons and vistas

Beautiful trail. I took my dog and walked the whole trail. It is an easy trail but very little shade.We came across a Javalina but with the Boarder Collie stare down it ran away.

Great hike. This was our second time using this trail. We also added in the mountain viewpoint trail & was not disappointed although this part of the trail is steeper & a bit harder to navigate with some of the rock "steps". The view is worth it though. We stopped to catch our breath a few times.
Did this with two teens & a dachshund.

Great hike for me and my two small dogs. The views are incredible you forget you’re so close to the highway.

6 months ago

Remote area so we never saw anyone else. For us wasn’t easy to pick up trail from the parking area. Maybe just us but following cairns took some searching. Terrain was rock, sandy and grassy making it interesting. Plenty of prickers too. Pleasant enough but one and done.

6 months ago

Just hiked this trail on Tuesday 1/16/18. I started a little later than i wanted at 10am. I've hiked this trail several times but it has been a couple years. The trail gets a little hard to follow just before dear head spring. There are trees down so the best i can say is follow the line of broken tree trunks that are kind of in a straight line. This time i hiked the full turkey creek trail starting at the 4WD road since i don't have 4WD. Got there at 1pm. Then proceeded on the deer head spring trail to the heartbreak ridge trail down into happy valley. The heartbreak ridge trail is awesome especailly going down..the views of the tucson basin as well as the san pedro valley are incredible. It's one of the few places that you can see both valleys on both sides of the rincon mountains. I got to happy valley at 3pm. Then proceeded down the miller creek trail and back to my car at 5pm over at the turkey creek trail parking area . Its about 16.5 miles total counting walking from miller creek parking area to turkey creek parking area...the weather was perfect. Went though 3 liters of water and a large 32 oz G2 gaterade. Apple, 3 tangerines, b&J sandwich on wheat, peanuts, pretzels, 2 chocolate chip cookies at the end. Very enjoyable hike . I would certainly recommend starting a little earlier than i did. Say more like 8am rather than 10am but i knew most of the trails except the heartbreak ridge but it was all down hill once i got to the end of the turkey creek trail....

Went on this hike on 01/13/2018, on a beautiful sunny day, 70 degrees. Make sure you take a right at the sign before the trail begins. It is a little steep towards the top but the views are amazing.

Very Easy and nice views!

great trail. Stay on right side when entering trail for best views. Bring lots of water and a hiking stick.

Great hike! Trail is a little rocky.

This park is a 5 star because of the nature center and cave. The trail is very well marked and pretty easy. Saw a couple deer, heard quail and saw a wild pig. Great hike.

11 months ago

We didn't get too far on this trail due to the heat of the day and a late start, but it was a nice easy trail for the portion we completed. Initially, we hiked the first 1.5 miles up the road, until we realized we could drive the 4 x 4 up there to the trailhead and park. We then hiked another mile and a half up the trail but we were pretty beat so we turned around. The trail is not used much but still easy to follow. We saw a lot of turkey vultures and some hawks and a lot of butterflies. The trail is grassland and scrub junipers, mesquites, and oaks. It looks like a pretty good way to get up to Manning camp.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Definitely an easy difficulty. Take the free trail map in the welcome center if you want. I ran it at 10 am and I was the only soul around. It was 87 degrees so not too hot, I had a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of water and I was fine. View at the top is pretty decent, its just slightly more steep to get there. I definitely had my eyes peeled for snakes the whole time. Most of the trail was Rocky.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This was a nice dessert hike. The trail is fairly easy, but it was a bit warm and I think it was closer to moderate for the kids. There is an option to hike to a summit off the main loop, which I did by myself while others rested. I'd say that was moderate to difficult and not kid or dog friendly. Good hike overall. I could see doing it again if I was doing a caverns tour.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The trail is easy to follow. My dog and I completed the trail in 2 hours. The views from the top are nice.

Pretty easy but scenic and enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2 hours. Right side more scenic. Not sure if theres a fee for trail day use. interesting rock formations.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I would rate this as a moderate hike due to loose rocks on trail and some of the inclines.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

short trail but still a good workout

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike!! A great rock trail with some hill climbing and great vistas. Saw deer. Trekking poles were helpful. Wild flowers are just starting. Recommend.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

This was a fun hike, and a little challenging! Definitely worth it, I took my dog and he loved splashing around in the washes. I'd recommend it!

Too rocky for my toddler. I carried her most of the way.

love the mountain top view

Nice Trail. Easier going clockwise I believe. Good views!

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