hiking
34 minutes ago

Good trail but lots of side trails and first time wasn’t sure I was going the right way but just stay on the widest until you get to the Creek bed. No one on the trail there or back (110 degrees is a deterrent) and finding a waterfall was the best!!

Nice trail. Moderate difficulty in the beginning during uphill but the downhill after the first half mile makes it much easier. We did run into a snake on this trail so be aware of your surroundings! This was awesome for an evening hike!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 hours ago

hiking
2 hours ago

Great trail.

hiking
2 hours ago

Great hike with great views. Very sharp rocks!!!

hiking
2 hours ago

May 2019 trip to Southwest, sixth visit to AZ, last time was 10 years ago in late spring. Day 3 First time here, Canyon de Chelly and this trail was main Goal#1 of trip. Great easy hike, bridge was almost collapsing. Ruins are nice but fenced off. This trial is closed as of March 2020.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
3 hours ago

We keep saying we got messed up on Mescal after this hike. What appeared to be relatively easy / moderate out and back was increasingly more difficult by 11am with the sun heat beaming down. No shade at all. Thank god for the intermittent breeze and my hat or I might have passed out. Incredible views for sure -go early. 9am was too late a start. We also thought it was best to follow “difficult” path vs “extreme” in both directions when it splits. Some sandy parts & a few MTB but mostly just us out there. My mind kept playing tricks on me thinking I was seeing things i was not so we just blamed it on the Mescal. It does feel very spiritual with higher energy hiking the red rocks.

This is a great hike. Very nice combination of features. This a a great trail for beginners. Plan on a bit over an hour. Wonderful excercise.

Did this trail yesterday (6/3/2020). Gate is closed. We parked at the gate and hiked up the 3 mile road. Took about 1 hour to get to the trailhead. Only saw a few people on the trail after we’d been hiking for about 2 hours.

walking
6 hours ago

Great bird watching do the lake as well as the regular trail. Only adds one extra mile.

hiking
rocky
washed out
6 hours ago

A very pretty area with some good elevation. The loose gravel on the steep sections adds a bit of a challenge. For the first half, keeping track of the exact path outlined here is quite tough. Rock formations are cool and views from the top are nice. Watch your footing on the way down. Hiked it in the morning and there were tons of quail around the summit. No trailhead parking, just park somewhere out-of-the-way in the neighborhood.

hiking
no shade
washed out
9 hours ago

Overall pretty fun, moderately physically challenging trail. We did it backwards and which could have contributed to making the trail slightly difficult to follow but the starting point is almost always in view.

It was really dusty, but the views at the top were worthy.

Overall a good hike, but a lot of elevation changes throughout the hike with some areas being hard to tell where the trail is

Great trail for running or jogging. I saw some deer at the end of my walk and the trails marked very well.

hiking
rocky
13 hours ago

Really nice hike with great views at the top and along the way. Very Rocky, so be careful.

lots of bikers. not a big deal. but you do have to move off of trail each time and quickly. beautiful views of river and red mountain (not sure if that's the name), but its beautiful to look at. go early, we started 5ish, and the sun stays behind the mountain alot of the way if you go counterclockwise. slippery gravel in parts too.

hiking
21 hours ago

Do you have to pay for parking (parking pass) in the regular lot or the overflow lot?

camino súper divertido y seguro, camino bien marcado imposible que se pierda uno. vista maravillosa y variedad de mariposas y otros insectos, recomendable si es tu primera ves llevar suficiente agua, si no sufrirás las consecuencias disfrútalo y siente la tranquilidad del bosque,

running
bugs
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 day ago

Great run! Lots of shade and signs. About 1.5 miles in there are a lot of switchbacks. Very scenic when you get farther in the canyon.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

I’m a person who isn’t in the best shape so when my brother came to visit I thought it would be fun to do this hike because it looked easy. Boy was I wrong, I struggled a ton, I saw multiple people who had to get rescued by medics. Because we parked in the over flown parking walking to the crack and back we totaled 10.2 miles. Going to the crack is up hill the whole way and you do have to climb over rocks, there’s hardly any shade. I would suggest if you’re not in the best shape to go early to beat the heat and bring tons of water I would suggest 1.5 gallons a person and also maybe something to help give you energy like a glucose packets. But the end is worth it if you can make it and diving in that ice cold water is after walking in the heat for 5 miles is a amazing. If you’re not interested in going to the crack there is plenty of outlets you can go to on your way there. Also be prepared if you go on weekend then it will be crowded.

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