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hiking
1 day ago

5/21/18

hiking
1 day ago

5/19/18-
Excellent hiking trail and if your looking for a challenging hiking trail then this one should be a your bucket list.
Great views! Well marked trail all the way up. Definately well worth the trip!
4hr way up! 2hr 40min way down!

please be sure to acclimate for a day or two if you are not a resident of higher elevations. made it to the top, but felt early stages of elevation sickness and immediately descended. trail is well marked and somewhat busy even at the top, cell service 95% of the way. sunscreen recommended, even with the tree coverage i was burnt through my shirt.

hiking
2 days ago

Finally Conquered this hike today 5/21/2018. Challenging hike with lots of switch backs. Wore a long sleeve and Klim bubble jacket with a beanie. It was very windy at the top. 9.2 miles is not accurate RT. It was more like 12+ miles. My legs are feeling the workout!

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful area but hard to stay on the intended trail. After you descend down, you cross over the pipeline intersection and head towards the mountain. There are a lot of small off trails so I’m not certain I actually stayed on the intended trail or not. But.. it was beautiful and great views of Flagstaff. I’ll try it again soon!

Only saw a few people as I came down on a Saturday in May. Awesome views going up and at the top.

Nice trail, very windy’

The Purina plant and water treatment plant at the beginning are a little off-putting, as others mentioned. However, once you get in about ¼ of a mile this is a very pleasant and easy trail. My husband and I used this as a “recovery” hike between visiting Joshua Tree and the Grand Canyon, as we stayed in Flagstaff. We appreciated the shade on much of the trail and it is well kept. However, it is very sandy in parts, so I wouldn’t recommend Chacos or other open-toed shoes.

hiking
4 days ago

This was a nice, mostly easy hike, and I am in poor health. Went with my 60 yo husband and dog, who was off leash the entire time. We went on a Saturday afternoon around 1 and only saw 2 people going in as we went out. There is one area (around 1/2 mile in, I think) where the trail marker tells you to go to the left, but we only saw some boulders and didn't really see a path, so we kept along what looked like the main trail. We figured out later that that was the part with the petroglyphs. Oops! If you DO skip that little part, the hike is 1.8 miles. Mostly smooth and we were able to walk 2 wide. There were a couple sections with some fallen trees, but were easy to step over. The last 1/2 mile was pretty uphill and I had to stop and rest, but remember I'm in poor health. I'd like to do it again, though!

backpacking
4 days ago

Great views and great way to break away from technology!

trail running
4 days ago

pretty rough 3/4 mile at the start then it mellows out. Nice and not busy with wide path to run side by side!

hiking
5 days ago

Did this trail yesterday. It is definitely not 9.2 miles, we tracked it at 13.3 out and back. This time of year it is very windy past the tree line so be prepared. Download the map as that helped us not lose the trail. Great hike with awesome views and scenery!

Still snow at the top of Abineau. Hard to connect to the rest of the trail.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Best single track mountain biking in Flagstaff! Smooth, not too gnarly. Broken shade the nearly the entire way. It’s down and back but there are more trails past the upper parking lot so just keep on going if you feel like more climbing. Much more than 1000’ of elevation up there.

Great for my hardtail 29er but you have to dismount in a few places, especially as you get towards the top past the gate.

Watch out for hikers and bikers on the downhill. Can be crowded.

If you’re used to hiking in Flagstaff this trail is a little boring. Definitely on the easier side. Some rocks and stuff when you get closer to the end of the trail. Also, watch for snakes at this point. The view is nice. Fairly shaded with lots of off-shoot trails should you want to explore.

on Humphrey's Peak

hiking
8 days ago

Did this last Sunday 5/13/18. Trail was clear. No snow left.
As many others reported, it is easy to lose the trail at some points, but well signed the last mile up. Also, I don’t think it’s 9.2 miles, more like 10.5. It was a little windy at the top as one can expect. Nothing unmanageable. A wind jacket did it for me. For the most part it’s nicely shaded, until you past the tree line and start the saddle, then you are exposed for the last 1,000 ft or so.
Elevation gain is nice and smooth and views are stunning. Very friendly, helpful and respectful people on the trail!!!!

Great for trail running!

Beautiful Mountain Meadows and Aspen and pine woodland.

10 days ago

Way cool once in a lifetime type of trail where you’re in the thick of a some 900 years+ of lava flow and the impact it’s left behind to nature. It’s absolutely captivating albeit a very short trail. Feel like another world in there frozen lava flow.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice trail slight incline/decline near the trailhead. Very relaxing and quiet very little man made noises. Near the end there are some caves to explore. Also watch for snakes came across a few on my last hike

hiking
10 days ago

This 2500ft incline hike will test your stamina for sure. Be careful as the trail seems to have been washed out in a few places higher up. This hike has what I call a grand staircase feature which is pretty cool. Unbelievable views at the top when you reach the towers. This hike took me just under 3 hours to complete, rests included. Passed by many other hikers on this trail as it is popular due to how close the trailhead is to Flagstaff. I recommend trekking poles for the descent, especially if you have bad ankles and knees like me.

hiking
11 days ago

My husband and I went this evening and it was beautiful. We enjoyed seeing the different types of trees and huge boulders. Everything was so unique. Can’t wait to finish the other trails around this one tomorrow!!

hiking
11 days ago

One time chance to hike an underground trail that is totally different. Fun trail but you NEED good lighting because it's pitch dark inside the cave. You can only see where you point your light. Cell phones lights are not recommended because they won't last long enough. You need your battery to last on the way in as well as your way back. Lose your battery power and you won't be able to see your hand in front of your face and you'll need someone to rescue you.

hiking
12 days ago

I took Christmas tree to Heart to Sunset. I will say views wise, I wish I did it in reverse but sunset to go up (or down) is a bit treacherous. Christmas tree is relatively flat and shaded in the am. Heart trail feels like desert walking and is much less shaded. There were sporadic flowers blooming though and they were beautiful. Heart Trail is 2 miles of uphill climb and switchbacks and the views are great! When you first arrive at Sunset Trail on the ridge line, you’re walking through aspens (that were budding when I was there). It was super windy on the ridge line but the views behind me were fantastic. Once you start the descent (the same trail used to go up to Mount Elden Lookout) the trail becomes slippery with loose rocks. The total mileage according to my Fitbit was 9.5 miles and it took me roughly 4 hours to hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike, with fast strenuous elevation change throughout

ALERT. Some of the switchbacks are near game trails which are misleading and can cause one to go astray. Especially the one at 10840 has a straight ahead looking path - rule of thumb, if you have to clamber over excess rocks or timber fall, probably NOT the trail. Is generally clearly evident except for those caveat. Great views, not sure if it's three or four false summits but as long as you prepare yourself for them it's fine

walking
14 days ago

Really enjoyed this walk. Took about 1.5 hours and was roughly 4.5 miles. The view at the end is very beautiful. You won't see many others on this trail and although I saw tons of bike tire tracks, I did not encounter any bikers. Enjoyed the view of San Francisco Peaks at the end of the trail. Would not rate this as moderate (more easy).

walking
14 days ago

Fun spot for a walk. You'll even get a cool view of Mount Humphreys at a point. Took me 1 hour 45 with occasional brisk walking and was about 6 miles. Hardly any elevation gain. The parking lot looks like its about to be lined or paved but I didn't have an issue finding parking. Saw 1 biker and 2 runners the entire time.

hiking
14 days ago

An excellent trail with absolutely unbeatable views. Strenuous hike especially if you aren't used to higher altitudes, but worth the trek. Would highly suggest ensuring warm layers for the top because snow was present even mid fall.

hiking
16 days ago

Strenuous trail for sure. Upper 2/3 of the trail had some snow, but we were able to do it just fine without spikes. Snow was melting quickly. Beautiful views from the top. You must mentally push through the 3 false summits before the actual summit.

17 days ago

The cliff dwelling make it worth dealing with crowds. Good quick “walk”, more than a hike. The stairs are the only thing that will get you a little winded.

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