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this is a short hike in the beautiful mountains of Arizona. we went in October and it was 90 degrees. The water was beautiful and hot. I suggest not drinking the water though.
great for kids 6 and higher.

I prefer more challenging hikes, but settled for this because apparently the entire Coconino forest is closed. It was scenic and easy and aided in getting a little exercise for the day. Great for a family with children or someone looking for a nice trail run.

Amazing experience we booked with Antelope Slot Canyon tours. Ernest was our guide and he was amazing, he know where to get the best pictures we didn’t feel rushed at all (except for the tour guide behind us, but she was from a different company) he would even take a picture if I couldn’t get the best shot, he could. Also we did the 3:00pm tour and it was almost to dark would recommend the earlier tour for best pics.

We hiked this Thanksgiving 2017. 28 degrees at rim but warmed to mid 70's by the time we got down to our destination at noon (6 miles down). I had a hard time on the first 1.5 miles as that is the steepest and i was so afraid of slipping on loose rocks. I conditioned for 6 months to prepare for the hike out but was not prepared for the descent!
We totally expected to be up and out before dark but only made it back to the 1.5 mile house by dusk. What a beautiful sunset! Thank goodness we packed head lamps and flashlights for just in case!
The stars were big and bright as the sky was clear! What a view! Words cannot describe it.
Even though we could not walk right for 3 days following this hike, I would do it all again! Amazing experience!

best hike ever! yes you need a permit. they go on sale February 1st at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Maybe you can get ahold of the office and see if there's any cancellations

Super tough yet equally rewarding hike!

This is an exciting rock scramble pretty much in the city. You get plenty of nice views, a great work out, and memories.

Great for all levels of hikers. For the less experienced be sure to bring LOTS of water and take breaks when you need to.

Word of advice for all when heading back down the mountain: don’t hike, fall with style!

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.

Definitely a difficult trail. Do not suggest doing this in one day. We started at 10am weather was perfect and we proceeded down to skeleton point before we committed to doing the full hike. Got down to Phantom ranch and made the choice to go back out Bright angel.

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.

My wife and I hiked it yesterday morning. A rare and beautiful 55 degrees. It was an awesome hike with fantastic views the entire way up and down!

Great views and a lot of bouldering! This made for some good exercise and a great father-daughter outing on Father’s Day. The trail is really well marked, even in places where a marker couldn’t be placed there was blue paint or reflectors directing you.

The reason I did not like this trail was because there were so many people (even in the heat of summer on a holiday, people who are native to Scottsdale use the trails for exercise). Yes, they’re respectful of the trail and are friendly, but I prefer trails with less activity. My personal opinion.

If you choose to do this trail in April-October go in the early morning or late evening. Be sure that you have great close-toed hiking shoes; going uphill is easy, but going downhill made me cringe. Steep ascent/descent. Also, be careful of bees near the top. If you’re allergic, I don’t suggest hiking all the way to the top. I got stung for the first time in my life and there were dozens of them. Finally, be sure to bring more water than you think you’ll need. We arrived as a bunch of ambulances and firetrucks did because a person had to be carried off of the mountain; he had heatstroke.

Pay attention to the trails. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where it’s leading you. Bring lots of water and sunscreen as there is not any shade. Water spicket at the bottom if you get desperate.

Awesome Incline hike and gorgeous views of cave dwellings and scenery.

Nice views. Would be beautiful if it was wet season.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike! Very few switch backs. Straight up grind. Took 45 lb backpack. One of the mist technical in Sedona area.

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.

Only tours - $50 for a .6 mile tour... way overcrowded

Pretty descent hike. Overall I wouldn’t rate this trail as difficult, the last part of the hike going from the base of the mountain up to the top plateau is somewhat strenuous but I would consider 75% of the trail to only be moderate not difficult. Scenery wise, it’s ok, typical desert scenery. I did like the fact that past the first mile I saw no one. To avoid wandering around trying to figure out what direction you need to go to find the trail use the satellite map on the all trails app. It didn’t occur to me to do this until after I had went the wrong direction for about a mile. After parking continue to walk down the road to the area where the portable restrooms are. They will be on your right. Continue to walk straight down the road toward spur cross trail - do not go left- you will pass 2 other trailheads on your right, just continue going straight. You will stay on this road/trail for awhile until you eventually see an old cow pen on your left. Their will be a river bed on your right. The trail to the right is the one you want to follow. If you end up going through a gated area with the cow pen on your left you went the wrong way. You will eventually see a large older sign that has several trails listed on it. At the sign go to the right. You will continue on this trail which was listed as cottonwood trail, you will not actually see a sign that says skull Mesa trail for a number of miles. You will eventually see it on your left. Pay attention to make sure you stay on skull Mesa trail. It is not well taken care of and only rockpiles keep you on track. From almost the start of the skull Mesa trail you will be going uphill. Eventually you will find yourself at the base of the mountain. The trail switchbacks up this mountain up to the top. Be mindful of weather reports. I disregarded them and ended up wading back across the flooded river beds that had been bone dry only hours earlier. After finally getting back to my truck the main road was flooded out and had a line of cars. I did find out from a very nice girl that morning star road was a bypass road and not flooded to the point that it was impassable. If you find yourself in the same situation try Morningstar road. It’s much better to pay attention to the weather and not get into the situation to begin with. I hope this long winded run on review helps.

walking
3 days ago

This company "Antelope Canyon Photo Tours" is great! all because of our guide "Marshall". We had a small enough group that he was able to help us get the perfect pictures. And was very knowledgeable.

hiking
3 days ago

West half of the trail is paved - so easy for all ages. Bald eagles almost always on dead tree snags to the east and can be seen across the lake. Benches along trail on west side of lake. Lake is beautiful - picnic tables and bbq’s on south. Flush toilets on north side of lake. East side of trail is more rugged and rocky.

Such a good little trail. Got to do some rock scrambling. Beware of mud sink holes. Found the Colorado River!

Shortest hike ever, thanks to Mother Nature amazing rain,, started lighting and thundering so that’s why I turned around,, scary!! Will come back and finish this trail soon!!

Great trail well mark

Hello fellow hikers, I hiked this peak on a cloudy day of mid June’18 with tiny drizzle. Its a beautiful hike through the ascend and descends of two peaks. I could spot name plates of well maintained biology. I must say, the Authority folks are doing their job very well. Its a easy hike and not a loop.
P.S - carry the water cans placed at entrance for pick up and drop at designated spots if you can, that shall help water and nourish the biology en route the trail.
Happy hiking and good health!

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

hiking
3 days ago

Absolutely one of my favorite hikes!

This is an amazing trail... it’s a great workout and definitely a substitute for interval training.

hiking
3 days ago

If you like rock scrambling, continue on past the wind cave! Very fun but definitely some climbing

Mainly flat old RR bed for quite a ways, finally off onto trails, last mile or two is a lot of uphill, all ample shade, lots of Ponderosa pine.

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