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Ok trail. Well-marked. Nothing too exciting to see here though. It was a fairly easy trail with only a few spots with an incline that might cause you to break a mild sweat. Rocks on the trail are a hazard like most AZ hikes. We went with my dogs on a cloudy Sunday in February, about 35 degrees. We only encountered 3 other people. One runner with his dog off leash, which made me feel better about having mine off leash as the dog approached quickly and far ahead of his owner. Dog was friendly. We encountered a solo hiker who was friendly as he passed and when he had walked several yards past us, screamed to himself something unintelligible. We also encountered one friendly mountain biker. I liked that the trail wasn't heavily travelled as I usually let my dogs off leash and put them on leash as people approach. This gets tiresome on a busy trail. Although I'm sure traffic varies with the season/conditions.
Overall, it was a decent trail. Took us about two hours. But, the scenery is a bit monotonous. No really picturesque views or anything here. You can see the mountains at a few spots. I found several spots in the trail that were needlessly winding. I usually just cut across to save time as there was certainly nothing to see by going the long way. Although you may want to stay on the trail in warmer months in case there may be a snake off trail. I'll probably go again as it was a peaceful hike. If you just want to get out in nature and hike, it's great. Just don't expect any photo ops. I did see a few cougar tracks which was probably the most interesting part.
You will enjoy the guided tour if you like science and history. The tour features not just the crater but also fossils and some historical artifacts. The walk as about one mile total on an out and back course. I was not used to the 5,000 ft elevation so this felt a little more strenuous than I expected.
Did this hike on my 50th birthday. The switchbacks to the saddle are nice and long and not real steep. Once above tree line though, the trail was a little hard to find in a few places, and you do get fooled by thinking you're at the top and yet another peak is beyond and higher. We had a beautiful day and there was next to no wind on top. Definitely worth doing.
I hiked it back in October. Great hike, pretty easy going and steady paced until you start towards the false peaks. Those are disappointing but reaching the peak is awesome. I barely drank over a liter of water over the entire hike.
When doing this hike is important to know that many maps will not show an actual Walnut Canyon Trail, indeed much of this trail in not actually Walnut Canyon trail. You will start out doing the Fisher Point Trail then reach a point where you continue through the canyon rather than finish the remainder of Fisher Point trail.
When doing this hike is important to know that many maps will not show an actual Walnut Canyon Trail. You will start out doing the Sandy Canyon Trail then meet up with and continue along the Arizona Trail until you see a sign for Fisher Point trail and follow it, however continue through the canyon rather than finish the remainder of Fisher Point trail.