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Sam Vescio reviewed Sterling Pass Trail
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I’ve wanted to tackle this one for a long time, so when the opportunity arose I wasn’t going to miss it for anything with that said, this is definitely one for the more experienced hikers among us. As it is on the shaded side of Oak Creek Canyon, there was snow and bits of ice, making an already-strenuous, steep trail a bit more difficult to traverse. We were unable to complete the trail all the way to Vultee Arch due to ice on the trail beyond the pass and a lack of microspikes (poor planning on my part), but the trail did not disappoint, with incredible views and a great workout.

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Most important: Bring 3 liters/person water, even on a cool day. The ascent on this trail is intense. It’s mostly exposed to full sunlight, very steep, and often on less than ideal footing. I use this trail primarily as training for multi day backpacking trips, so I’m typically carrying 30+ lbs when I do it. It’s perfect for training because it’s a significantly more difficult climb than you’ll find on backpacking trips throughout the national parks. For one comparison, on a five-day trip through the Rockies this summer, I’ll hike a total of 28,000 ft elevation over 70mi, but never even approach the intensity of 4,500’ in ~4.5mi that this hike gives you. Put simply: even for an experienced and fit hiker, this one is a challenge. A few notes on the trail: - the listed route length of this trail is based on beginning at the trailhead, which is marked, but not where you park. Add a few hundred meters from the parking lot to the TH for a more realistic distance. Distances here refer to the parking lot as starting point. - the first ~1.25mi is deceptively easy. It’s going to get hard fast. - on the way up, and a little less than two miles from the parking lot, there’s a very nice, shaded mini-cave that makes for a terrific spot for a break. It’s hard-going for the next couple miles, so be ready. - be careful to stay on the trail to Kimball when there’s an unmarked junction with the Ventana Canyon trail. If you find yourself passing over a saddle at somewhere around ~3mi in, bear left. If you’re overlooking a town (Oracle?), then you’ve gone the wrong route, although the views from there are fantastic. - at a little less than 4mi in, you’ll get to what I consider the final stretch through (mercifully shaded) pine forest. Be careful to stay on trail here, since runoff trails can be confused with your intended route.

Mandi Chestler reviewed East Wetlands Interpretive Trail
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Hiking

My dogs liked this walk, but from a human perspective it was boring, the interpretive signs few and far between, and mostly on an ugly dirt road.

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Hiking

Great hike from Bell rock pathway to baby bell ll Trail to llama and back. We tried to reach the chapel but only had two hours. We did climb baby bell which was so fun. there’s an easy way up that we didn’t find until we came down

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Brianne Julia Marie reviewed Cathedral Rock Trail
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Hiking

Such a fun trail! Not long and not too difficult, but definitely the view is worth it. It was super icey when we went two days ago, which made a couple of parts rather sketchy, but it should be clear by now.

Brianne Julia Marie reviewed Bear Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Only went to the first “false summit” as we were with a big group, but the trail was technical and fun. 2 hours round trip to the first summit.

Michael Oakley reviewed Ridgeline and Beverly Canyon Loop
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Ridgeline, Beverly Canyon, and parts of East Pima Wash trails are all cleaner than they were yesterday… I pulled a solid pound or more of trash, mostly broken glass but also four aluminum cans and one plastic water bottle as well as lots of cigarette butts, tissues, rusted metal, plastic, and rubber. #TrashMob

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Mariam Bora reviewed Lookout Mountain Summit Trail
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Erin Bowerman reviewed Devils Bridge Trail
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We hiked Devils Bridge in the rain yesterday morning and pretty much had the trail to ourselves. We were worried it would be a bit slick but we went early in the morning and it wasn’t too slippery (the Jeep road to the trailhead was the worst part). I was worried after reading reviews that the trail would be packed with people but the rain kept most away and we were able to have some time to ourselves at the bridge to take it in and enjoy. There’s a steep rock climb towards the last part of the hike but other than that it was very easy to do. We can’t wait to come back and hike it again!

Deb Schon reviewed Pinnacle Peak Trail
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Hiking

Beautiful flowers and scenery! Rated a 3 due to how busy it is with a lot of runners needing to pass !

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Nichole Zehevena reviewed Brittlebush and Crest Trail
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Holly Fletcher reviewed Pinnacle Peak Trail
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Hiking

Alright, not my favorite but a nice in town work out

Holly Fletcher reviewed Lookout Mountain Summit Trail
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Hiking

Short and sweet

David Deaton reviewed Agua Caliente Hill Trail
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Running

Had lots of fun on this trail. Sections were pretty steep and rocky. Much more difficult than I expected, but don't let that deter you. Views were stunning.

Johnny Harper reviewed Wild Horse Trail
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absolutely love the freedom and seclusion this area has to offer!

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Backpacking

I am a moderate fitness level and didn’t want to push too hard so we took 3 days to complete this trail. Took the south Kaibab down Feb 10th to the bright angel camp. Took me 6.5 hrs. My knees really started to ache half way but the constant views kept me moving. Crampons for the first mile and walking poles are a must if you are moderately fit. Day 2 was a hike up to Indian gardens. 5 hours and pleasant weather, I was pacing 1 mile an hr. My legs were tired but zero knee pain. Night was cool (3 Celsius), take good sleeping gear. Day 3 we got up early and took 4.5hrs to summit. Lots of snow had fallen so I used my crampons again. 3000ft elevation on this stretch so prepare to push your fitness level. The trail is well marked with bathrooms along the route and water at the camps. Great chatting with other hikers and the most amazing views!!

Scott Mackenthun reviewed Wind Cave Trail
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Pretty flowers, heavily traveled, nice views, some uneven rock surfaces

Wendy Smith reviewed Squaw Peak Circumference
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Hiking

Loved this hike. Great work out.

Kaye M. reviewed Pinnacle Peak Trail
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Beautiful trail. Lots of variety along the path. Good workout.

Charles Kowalczyk reviewed Blackett's Ridge Trail
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I always love this hike. 1 hour up and 50 minutes down.

Wally Murray reviewed Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak
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HikingRockyScramble

This hike/climb was tougher than I expected and I thought it would be a hard one. While the cable climbs were all safe if you took your time and such they were still unnerving to get by for this guy who’s not always great with heights. But the view at the top is more than worth the leg cramps and sore quad muscles.

Jesse Sweeney reviewed Spur Cross Loop
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This was my first hiking experience in AZ. I was visiting some friends in the North Valley and wanted to take a little time for a hike. When I visited Feb. 9th part of Dragon Fly was washed out so I didn’t get to do the full loop. Since it had to be an out n back, I only did a smaller section. I really enjoyed this section. It was a nice easy walk. With the smaller loop, Fairy Duster, you have amazing views to the North. As you move Northwesterly you can hear the creek in the distance. And just where the trail makes a hard left, you can go straight through a small gate and down to a foot bridge over the stream. Overall, it’s really accessible, plenty of parking, clean facilities and gorgeous views.

Brenda Little reviewed Pass Mountain Trail
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after reading others reviews we did it counterclockwise, parking at dead end area off Meridan Rd & starting there, doing the saddle first. (going to do again clockwise). views were great, flowers abundant. counted 21 floral varieties in bloom. lots poppies, (early this year from all the rains).Buckhorn cholla& Octilla cactus blooming. we had group of 7, aged mid 60'- 70's. this was r longest hike. recommend doing mid day if u like the flowers to be open& full of color. flowers of all sizes closed tight on cloudy days& early AM. We clocked 9 miles. 4 hrs. Highest standing point, 2695 elev. Need to watch your footings. always at drop off edge, but good paths. solid rock climb & terrian near the saddle areas south side. will do again

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This was an amazing trail with breathtaking views all around. Well marked and maintained trail. The day we went there were other hikers, but it was not crowded on the trail. Some steep spots, but well worth it. Highly recommend!

David Hydukovich reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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Hiking

Greatly enjoyed this trail. Hiked to the dome, about 3 miles from picnic area and parking. Gained about 1500 feet of elevation but was gradual in most places so didn’t seem to steep. Not much traffic, we saw 5 other hikers while we were out. Rain was coming so turned back a little sooner than planned. Would definitely do again.

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Quick easy hike on a rainy day. Nice purple and yellow wildflowers!

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Kelsey Versluis reviewed Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak
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First off. BRING GLOVES. I’m so happy I had gloves with me to hold on to and help pull me along the cables. Second off. This is NOT a dog friendly trail. The hike gets very very steep right after you reach the saddle. This trail is more intense but completely do able. After the saddle there are a few areas where you are basically rock climbing so if you are scared of heights you may not want to do it. It is 3 miles in and 3 miles out. It is not a loop. It took us 3 hours total.

Erin Koehler reviewed Weaver's Needle Loop Trail
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absolutely beautiful hike all the way around, little stream crossings every so often to provide the perfect cold splash of water to keep going.. definitely difficult but absolutely worth it.. was able to keep a nice pace with a few stops along the way to catch a breath after some of the more challenging ascents and finished in less then 6 hours.. we had our dog with us and she did well, although, she is a very active dog that is used to doing things of this sort, wouldn't recommend bringing a dog that was not used to climbing/jumping up rocks and such. Overall, do this hike if you're up for it, you will be glad that you did!

Kelsey Davies reviewed Molino Canyon Vista to Ridgeline
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Nice rolling trail, pleasant hike.

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