Explore the most popular views trails near Cottonwood with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I really loved this trail. Great cardio and elevation gain at the beginning. Beautiful views at the top make for a perfect spot for a snack. While the ascent is exposed, the top is a nice flat stroll through shaded forest. The descent is exposed but a more gradual grade than the ascent. Overall a nice moderate hike that can be done in a morning. Fun to drive to Jerome afterwards for a well deserved cheeseburger and beer for lunch!

Definitely a trail to do in early am at low temperatures. The views are stunning on both sides of the hike. Do 106-105a-105.
It’s definitely more that a moderate hike!

The road leading to the trail head was closed off for some reason but the road itself is only about a mile long and flat so we just hoofed it. Other than that the trail itself was very nice. Nobody else was on the trail at all and the views were amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

After reading other reviews I decided to do this Trail counterclockwise which is harder. If you want a more gradual incline, go clockwise.

There were times the trail was too narrow and it’s rocky throughout. I hate the small rocks since I tend to slide easily especially downhill. So the beginning was definitely like that.

I see where complaints of overgrown areas were valid but it wasn’t too bad since it’s spring. But overall this trail could use some maintenance because you want to be able to see where you walk (potential snakes). I’m glad I brought my hiking sticks.

Scenery was better than expected and shade was less than I expected. So wear sunscreen or sun hat.

Overall not a bad hike but not a repeat trail for me.

I think it is a fairly boring trail. We did the clockwise loop, and after you climb and reach the top there are no more views...just forest walk. It's nice but nothing more. Note, there are two parking areas, so if you come from Prescott valley keep going beyond the the marked All Trails parking area, there is another one right behind the curve to your left.

Did this hike for the first time Easter Sunday, did not see anyone for a total of 8 miles. It is a well established trail, you can't get lost, very scenic the farther you go. It is very gradual in elevation, would not consider it difficult, maybe moderate but more because of distant. You have to drive 2 miles on a good dirt road to get to the small dirt parking lot. I would recommend this hike, we enjoyed it. Something a little different than desert hiking in Phoenix Valley.

Great trail with views. Road leading up to trailhead was closed which added another mile (one way) to the hike. No trail markers but the trail is clearly visible.

Whew! Just finished with 2 dogs, 7 and 12 year olds! Everything went great (counter clockwise) all 7 miles under 3 hours until...the last .25 miles the dogs were accosted by javelinas. We scared them away and made it out safe! Heed the wildlife warnings!

Fun hike, pay attention there's wildlife a plenty. Going counter-clockwise makes a great workout hike as well.

great hike!

One our favorite places to walk the dog. Very easy, pleasant hike.

This is one of my favorite hikes because it boasts scenic views and gives you a great workout due to the steep incline. We have seen bear, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes, so use caution if going alone.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike, even in December. Not too popular, so very comfortable and peaceful. The majority of this hike takes place on the 114, which is pretty well maintained for a rugged trail. The last mile is a detour into Black Crack Canyon. Wildly overgrown, looks more like a game trail than anything. Personally had some hiccups for that detour, but the views were gorgeous. Would love to see the canyon flowing when the Verde Valley gets more rain, but I would also advise against going when it is warm enough for reptiles. As I said before, the path is extremely overgrown, it's more like bush-whacking than anything, so I wouldn't be surprised to run into some snakes. But all in all, it was a fun hike and great exercise for me and my pups.

Great hike!

walking
8 months ago

Not so much of a hike as a walk, but Wow! what a beautiful walk. Hubby did some fishing and there's a ton of birds to watch.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail. Trail was a little overgrown and didn't see another soul.

Great loop, a little difficult to find the start, though. Hiked clockwise, which put the steep climb at the beginning. Wish it was a bit cooler, but fantastic nonetheless.

Lightly traveled is an understatement. I should have brought a machete for a lot of it.

trail running
11 months ago

Great trail! Followed another user's directions and hiked the trail counter clockwise. Was a pretty heart pounding way up- good amount of exercise- mix of elevated areas and flat. Was pretty muddy when I went, but no part undoable. About 6.8 miles total loop. Biker on the trail told me he heard growling- it is bear country. Took me about 3 hours and reasonable pace.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great trail and can be used to access the Tuzigoot ruins. Round trip to the ruins is about 3 miles from the parking lot. However, you cannot use the direct approach to the ruins, as that now crosses private property that is clearly marked no trespassing. It is obvious that at one point this was an accessible trail. I am including a partial map. Do not take the red path that leads to Tugboat Rd, as that's the path that crosses private property. Rather, from the parking lot, you will descend on a gravel road until taking a left on a footpath over a small creek. That shows on the map as the darker line along the Verde River. Turn right along the fainter black line towards the upper red line and the marsh, represented by the plants. You will walk along more marshland, which isn't represented on the map. Turn left onto the red path, which approaches the ruins from the back. Trails in the area are well marked as trails but don't tell you where you're going. We were warned about watching for snakes but didn't see any.

Friday, June 09, 2017

One of my faves! So many ways to complete, if you want a short steep climb, you got it, 2 miles up and come back down. If you're going to distance, do the whole loop, it's closer to 7 total miles. It got toasty fast going up. The walk across the top thru the pines is incredible! Best if you go left to right if you're doin the loop for a overall down slope in terrain. Hike up the fire road and watch for trail on the right side of the road to begin again. Busy day since it was Memorial Day, usually on a week day, I don't see another soul.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Def not hard at all, needs to be down rated to easy. Nice walk.

Great trail! It states 5.7 miles, it is more like 6.8. We were a little less than prepared for the distance as we had dogs, 4! It also states kid and dog friendly, but i feel as though only kids with hiking experience and maybe not all 4 dogs. I will definitely be hiking this again!!

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Not a bad hike but nothing special. The views are mostly of the Verde valley where only towards the last mile and half do you cut into the canyon. Not a lot of shade so better for a cooler day. The decent elevation change was good exercise for me and my dog. No water however in the canyon when we went.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nice trail with good views that gets better as you go along. Wish I could have gone further up the canyon but I didn't have the time. Watch out for rattlesnakes. I ran into one that gave me plenty warning as I approached.

backpacking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Many waterfalls reward the adventurer

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So close to Prescott Valley, and easy to park. Take 89A from PV to milepost 333, look for the "6000 ft elevation" sign, and follow the guard rail just after that. You will see a pullout for parking at the end of the guard rail. It's a little challenging to find the trailhead at first... look for the big fallen tree toward the right of the open wash area and the 533 sign is near there. Nice steady but heart-pumping climb to the top where you will have some nice views. The only downside is hearing cars in the distance. But by late afternoon there are only occasional cars and it makes for a nice sunset.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Beautiful scenery

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

I liked it a lot, but had a little bit of a hard time finding it. The views were great. It happened to be during a heat wave....and we didnt start until 11...I wasnt exactly sure that I was on the correct trail, so when we were 1/2 out of water we turned around. ( my dog and I). I cant wait to go again and do the entire trail? About how long does it take? Cheers!

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