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I am trying to get a permit for 2 of us and I can’t get thru the phone lines. I have called continuously but no answer. Any suggestions on how else I can purchase a couple nights stay for 2 possibly 3 of us? Would they help me if I drive all the way there? Please email me if you have suggestions : chapis503@outlook.com

It’s was a good hike but super crowded, even on a week day. No one wants to wait in line while bouldering. Other than that, great views at the top!

Good footing, easy to follow trail with amazing views. We saw many deer on the ascent last week. The springs had water, and there were patches of snow after the Josephine Saddle.

Perfect weather day to take an easy walk and decided to check out Badger Springs. Not difficult at all. Great place to take kids since most of the trail was fairly wide. We arrived and only two other cars in the parking area. Nice peaceful and quiet little hike to a stream where we let the kids explore. Nothing strenuous for them and we had fun. As for the views, I’m giving it a 3.5 stars overall. It was decent but we will continue to search for something better.

1 day ago

There's a lot of snow right now. During the switchbacks it gets to about 2-3 feet deep. It's a lot of fun but be prepared to trudge along on those switchbacks until you reach the saddle. Either way a good challenge and plenty of gorgeous views

love you Trail walk it with my dog once a week

Views are worth the initial climb. Not too difficult, just need to be prepared for a lot of very steep incline switchbacks for the first 1.5miles. Be careful coming down, as it can be slippery. One of my favorite in the area. Huge boulders at top make for unique views.

A really beautiful and challenging hike. I took a few detours but primarily followed the AllTrails map which was well marked. My favorite part was the final climb to Tom's Thumb which was steep making it a great workout. The views vary throughout the trail keeping it really interesting. I would definitely recommend taking a few liters of water or at least doing it during the cooler months.

I did this hike clockwise and felt as though it was okay but I wish I hadn't brought my dogs. I went on a weekend and it was really crowded throughout the entirety of the hike. There were a people without leashes on their dogs that ran up to mine along with a few other owners that walked directly toward my pups even though I was clearly moving away to the side. My dogs aren't aggressive but one of them gets very nervous with other dogs so I like to keep them separated. I almost never have any issues like this and its possible that this was a one off situation but it really distracted me from enjoying the hike. The trail starts with an incline that gets the blood pumping and then the last half is a nice descend with some steep parts. The views were quite average in comparison to other nearby trails. The entire hike took me less than 2 hours going at a leisurely pace. The trailhead was easy to get to and had a large parking lot.

I liked this trail. Easy to get to, no dirt roads to drive on, big parking lot. Pretty views . Easy trail to hike no major elevation and can hike farther than what AllTrails show. Would hike again!

Easy hike with little portions of elevation. Great for dogs and children.

1 day ago

This is definitely one of my top favorite hikes in this area! The views are really wonderful and the terrain switches up a lot to keep things interesting. I took my two dogs who are very used to hiking and they started to get a little tired towards the last mile coming back. We went on New Year's Day so by the time we were descending it was very crowded but I am not sure if it is because it was a holiday. Driving up, there is a long stretch of dirt that is a bit rocky so I would recommend going slow or taking a larger vehicle. By the time we were driving off, the parking lot was completely full and people were parking pretty far down the road. All in all it took us a bit less than 3 hours going at a leisurely pace with a 20 minute break for food at the halfway point.

This trail was more mentally challenging than it was physically though you’d better be in good shape if you want to take this one on. The trail is the worst marked and hard to follow that I’ve ever been on. I marked the trail I used on the way up with markers which saved me a ton of time on the way down and saved my neck when I went off trail on the descent. I ran into another lone hiker on the way up who claimed to have almost died because he took a wrong path and ended up stranded on a cliff. This would be a better hike if some effort was put into marking the trail correctly. Do not try this hike if are not good at reading trails and terrain. It is correctly rated as hard for good reason.

Although this area is a bit far for me, I love exploring these trails whenever I can. Driving in, there is a long stretch of dirt that can get a bit rocky and then you eventually reach the parking lot. I usually try and get there before 8 or 9 and am able to snag a spot but when I leave it is typically packed. We started this hike going counter clockwise and I didn't personally think it was very tough although I could see it being a bit more challenging going clockwise. The views were really pretty especially during the last half where you got to see a ton of red/purple rocks in a canyon. The trail was easy to follow and we didn't have a hard time staying on track. It took us about 3.5 hours to finish and we were moving at a pretty average walking pace with a 20 minute break halfway through.

A big group of us all took our dogs and we had a wonderful time on this trail. It’s not difficult and I would personally rank it as easy as opposed to moderate. You also get a nice view of the lake the entire hike which is where we stopped to eat lunch. At times, the trail is very narrow with cacti everywhere so I would recommend wearing long pants or being extra cautious in those areas.

I hike with my dogs a few times a week and will typically do this one if I want something easy but long enough to tire them out. The views are pretty nice of the surrounding mountains especially if you choose to do the lost dog lookout. I usually do this trail clockwise and it feels more like a walk than a hike. The trailhead is really well maintained and there is tons of parking. If you’re hiking watch out for mountain bikers as you share the trail with them.

Well maintained parking lot, restrooms, and trail. Trail is mostly uphill with a few flat spots, so be prepared to climb. Views are nice and there are other trails to venture if time permits. Hawks are currently nesting so they've asked hikers to stay quiet at the top.

Awesome hike!! Rocks are slippery. Be careful!! Don’t try to do any stunts by seven falls. Take tram if you have less time to hike. Checked my Bucket list

Great trail, but once you get towards the point in the trail that takes you up to the lookout the path isn’t very clear. If you want to see the lookout there is a way to drive up to the top which had many tourists.

I've done this hike a few times starting at Echo then to Cholla and back to Echo again. It typically takes me about 3.5-4 hours to complete and only 2 hours to go from just Echo to Cholla. When I hike this trail, I am usually going at a consistent walking pace and only take a break once I reach the top. I would definitely recommend bringing at least 2 liters of water like the other reviewers stated. In my opinion, Cholla is the easier of the two trails and Echo has a lot of scrambling. I personally prefer to start at Echo since it hurts my knees more going down large rocks versus going up them. Echo has parking (and bathrooms) at the trailhead whereas Cholla only has parallel parking along the main road. Both trailheads are easy to find as they are well marked by signs.

This trail is definitely challenging for new hikers and an overall awesome workout. When I lived closer, I used to hike this every morning during sunrise because the views were so beautiful as you ascend the mountain. I can typically finish the entire hike in about 1.5 hours or less going at a consistent walking pace. The last part of the hike (past where the emergency helicopters would be able to land) involves some scrambling and it can be easy to get lost if you are unsure of where to go. Be sure to look at the rocks for the navigational markings and pay attention to signs. Also, I see a ton of people attempt this hike with just a single water bottle but I definitely recommend bringing at least 1-2 liters depending upon the time of year you go. There is no parking lot and you instead parrallel park on the main road a little ways from the trailhead. It is easy to spot where you need to park though because there are some signs on the road that signal you where to go.

I love this trail and try to go with my dogs at least once a week. It goes back and forth between slightly steep inclines and level ground. For an inexperienced hiker, you may need to take a few breaks before reaching the top but it is definitely worth it. I usually am able to finish the entire hike in about 45-60 minutes if I am not rushing but going at a steady pace. I also will usually end right before the loop because its mostly flat and I don't feel as though it adds too much to my overall workout. With that being said, its definitely worth doing the loop at least once because there are a few cool rock formations to see. If you decide to complete the loop I recommend paying attention as its not incredibly well marked.

1 day ago

Challenging but amazing hike! make sure to bring lots of water and snacks!

My 58 year old body made it to the top! With my 57 year old hubby as my tour guide, we were successful in following the trail. Very well marked. Lots of great photo ops and the view from the top is breathtaking.

Great little hike. I did with my two older parents and they like it. trail can be a bit confusing in spots because of other trails intersecting but it's also hard to get lost. Very small parking lot.

Took three of us four hours out and back. Two hours to reach the summit, and another two to get back down. We would have made it down a bit faster had we not gotten off trail. Markers can be hard to find at times, especially on the way down so just be aware. Amazing view, challenging at times, climbing is fun, well worth it!

It is a good hike.. the trail is not heavily markedly

Great hike went this morning. Had beautiful weather and great views. Was mild traffic not too bad just make sure to start by 9 on the way down was getting a little crowded. Also bring the right shoes very rocky terrain. Overall I enjoyed this hike and would do it again.

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