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Great, although tough to get to and I live 10 mins away to the turn off. 20 to 40 mins in to trailhead in a 2016 Jeep. I bet there's an easier way in I have not found it yet!

Great views, good hike. Some up hill, little shade

This hike is remarkable. A challenge that will test you, but well worth it at the end. The peak is absolutely beautiful. Well worth the constant uphill and downhill grind. Bring lots of water and start early.

nice cool day, nice trail , well maintained trails and trailhead park, fresh water bathrooms.

awesome work out beautiful peak better if you have a 4x4 to get to it. rough way to get to trail head. worth it.

Nice hike.. our dog enjoyed the views too

Great hike, beautiful city views! We connected to Skyline Crest and climbed the summit as well. Very well marked trails. Good shoes and lots of water are a must!

Nice hike.

Wonderful, beautiful free area for all levels of skill. We'll kept trails, plenty of maps throughout the trails. Highly recommended it.

First time doing this trail. We came in from Mobile and it was a fairly easy drive. The trail is in great condition but definitely an uphill grind. On a warm day, start early and take lots of water! Absolutely beautiful at the top with a great view of South Mountain. Would definitely do this one again!

hiking
2 months ago

As with most reviews, the weather conditions play a huge role. I went in March 2018, on a Monday when most people were working, and it was sunny and 68F when I started at 1030am. It was 72F when I finished 3 hours later.

Before you can hike this trail you must first get there. If you’re coming from the North (I-10) do NOT let google take you on the dirt road right at the landfill. If you do, you better plan on 30-45 minute longer drive and you better have a 4wd high clearance vehicle. I made it in an AWD SUV, but I was lucky the tires did not puncture and certainly the under carriage took a beating. Instead, continue driving south on 85 for another 6-7 miles and take a left across the divided highway there. It’s the 2nd left turn past the landfill. Google should get you to the trailhead from there. Much shorter and much much easier on your vehicle.

As for the hike itself, I thought it was pleasant. Certainly easy enough, pretty flat, and really neat walking through the desert surrounded by jagged hills and saguaro cacti. And I was pretty much alone. There were 2 vehicles car camping, but I was the only vehicle in the 11 spaces for day hikers. There’s a toilet at the parking lot and the trail was fairly well marked by cairns and bordered with deadwood. There didn’t appear to be an obvious end so I turned around at about the 4.5 mile mark. Somewhere around the 3.5 mi mark the trail turned into a wash so just follow the wash and rock cairns. Coming from the east coast I thought it was really cool walking among a saguaro “forest”. It wasn’t as dense as a forest (nor I’ve been told as dense as the saguaros in Saguaro National Park), but for me it was dense enough. The views were sweeping and unhindered so it was wide open. Couple that with solitude and perfect hiking weather and I rated it pretty high. There is no shade or water, so bring plenty of both , and sunscreen of course. I recorded the hike and uploaded some photos, but I don’t see them yet so hopefully they show up eventually, especially since there aren’t any yet for this particular trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy

It was a great hike with a nice balance of elevation changes. The view was amazing and the park was extremely clean and was well presented.

On the right day, with a clear sky, beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed the rocks and foliage and the views. However, trails were not well marked so gave me less confidence as to where they led. Next time I would go on some of the other higher trails to see different views. Petroglyphs were very cool. Unfortunately, they had to be protected behind fencing, but could see them up close! Also the directions using this app we inadequate and there was no access. After asking people in the neighborhood, we ended up going south on Verrado to Lost Creek Dr near golf course greens to find the limited parking at the trailhead. A good day none the less.

hiking
2 months ago

I disagree with the sentiment that you need 4WD to make it to the trailhead through the Goodyear route. I've been out a couple times without that and never felt even remotely worried about getting stuck. I would definitely suggest at least using a crossover type vehicle just for the clearance. The road definitely has a few points where it is somewhat high in the middle and uneven spots that you will want that clearance. The problem with the southern route, as others have mentioned, is that Google maps will take you down some washes too narrow to really drive down and you will scratch the hell out of your car. If you go that route, I would suggest avoiding the turn onto 99th Ave and just continue to go straight. The turn after 99th Ave is a wash as described above. I have not gone on the suggested route, but the terrain view on Google maps looks much easier to traverse.

As for the trail itself, it is definitely difficult. You are looking at a sustained 16+% grade for pretty much the entire hike. It is absolutely gorgeous and I like the isolation. You are exposed nearly the entire hike, so account for that in the amount of water you take and the season you perform the hike. I highly recommend the hike.

My wife, kids (9,11 and 13) and I really enjoy this trail as it provides the right amount workout and difficulty for all. We seem to prefer counterclockwise and save the switchbacks for our decent. This was the first time going to the summit as part of our prep for Camelback. The extra 270 ft of elevation wasn't bad at all and the view was a nice treat.

2 months ago

PLEASE READ BEFORE GOING. I am a generally crazy person when it comes to risk-taking and I take my poor 2016 sedan on some pretty terrible roads. The route I took to get here was basically like driving on the beach but worse. Google Maps will give you directions coming from Goodyear, but DO NOT go that way if you do not have 4-wheel drive. I did, but it was a miracle. I did make it to the trailhead in my car, but didn’t have time as my 15 mile sand drive took 2 hours. The route to/from Mobile, AZ is safer if you’re looking to use a 2WD vehicle. Google Maps also thinks a lot of random “roads” that don’t even resemble a place you could drive any vehicle are there when they do not exist. Make sure you have the map of roads loaded on your phone so you can get out, especially if you take the Western route to Goodyear. Don’t use my rating for the trail. I have it the benefit of the doubt.

Good loop

Make sure you hAve a 4 wheel drive car. It is necessary for getting to for parking. The hike is challenging. Mostly incline which destroyed my legs (I’m a 25 year old kickboxer). The view from the top is beautiful but I don’t think I’d go back

We hiked clockwise on this exposed terrain loop where the steep incline switchbacks lead to the Vista View trail. The effort to the summit was the same as the switchbacks. The desert mountain panoramic views appeared greener after the recent February rain. The east side of the loop was easier than the west side climb because of the natural downhill momentum and gradual decent. Enjoyed this midday hike!
Free parking. Nice restrooms.

amazing trail

This trail has some decent sights, not all bare desert. Worth the hike and trip.

hiking
3 months ago

There are many visible trails but they are not marked, making navigation difficult. Using a GPS is very helpful. The hike itself is easy and the petroglyphs are cool. I saw several lizards and a roadrunner. I would recommend taking the "short loop" instead of this hike since it takes you closer to the isolated "mountain" and there's really nothing of interest on the north boundary.

I hike this trail 2 or 3 Times a week. Counterclockwise gives you the best work out. Morning or late afternoon is the best time to go. It is labeled as hard but it is only hard at the very top.

Nice trail but need hiking boots. There are lots of loose rock and some ledges to climb. Rail not well marked so need gps and you’ll be fine great day

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful park with great trails. The trails are well marked and wide and well maintained and the area is surrounded by mountains. My favorite park in the area. Best of all it is free to get in and parking is good as well as nice restroom facilities. This trail is moderate and there are many offshoots to get onto other trails and tailor your hike to your distance

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great trail, if you have the means to get to the trailhead I strongly reccomend it. You will need a vehicle with a good amount of ground clearance to reach the trailhead. The trail itself is hard as rated but lightly trafficked if that's your thing. It is uphill all the way and when you get near the top some light climbing/scrambling is required, take it slow and easy and pace yourself, take plenty of water and go in the winter months. Beautiful view from the top on a clear day!

One for the books. Absolutely breathtaking.

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice park! The trail is very well cared for, clearly defined and well marked. Moderate in difficulty, including the trip to the summit which the sign somehow states is black diamond - it's got loose rock, but you aren't scaling rocks and it's not technical. Great rewarding view from top. Took dogs, great for paws. Nice length, can add on for a longer hike. Nice restroom with running water at trailhead, no fountain that I saw.

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