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backpacking
17 hours ago

Took a group of scouts down there. It should not be rated as an easy hike, it's at least moderate, if not difficult. Very steep climb at the end on your way down, or beginning on your way out. But well Worth the effort. Camped in a beautiful meadow along the creek surrounded by forest, caught, cooked, ate about 30 or 40 crawfish. A word of warning, there are plenty of areas that look great for rock jumping, but they're not quite deep enough. Maybe about 6 feet deep. Great for swimming though.

hiking
18 hours ago

very much enjoyed this hike. this was the start of my hiking journey for this year! looking forward to bringing more friends and family. just as an fyi, it is 7.00 per person to enter the park, so bring cash

hiking
22 hours ago

This hike is amazing!! Start early! We started at 630/645am and had shade going down pretty much the whole way. I am an active person but don't have much experience with hiking like this. I brought 3 pints of water, 2 large gatorades, and 3 cliff bars and had enough to get down and back up. Take lots of breaks to catch your break and soak up the scenery. The views and the quality of pictures I got are awesome! The hike up was difficult but very manageable. When going down, watch your step as not to slip on a loose rock or gravel. Around 930 we finished the hike and it was starting to get pretty busy on the trail. For me, it was a life changing hike and I now want to get more into hiking.

Amazing hike! First time in Sedona. First hike of the trip. Maybe there will be better ones, I'll see but this is going to be hard to beat. Came in from Long Canyon Rd. Was very nice!

It was breathtaking.

I don't know that I'd do it again. definitely won't be in the summer.

Beautiful cedar, pine and fern-lined trail at an altitude to keep you cool in the summer.

hiking
2 days ago

Did this hike yesterday. This hike is tough if your not used to the altitude. I'm 54 and hike a lot in and around Phoenix (including a number of 10+ mile hikes throughout this past spring as prep for this hike) and went with my 30 year old son-in-law. We did ok, took it slow, starting at 6:00am, reached the top at 11:am. We had and drank plenty of water, 3L each plus some coconut water and lots of fast absorbing carb snacks and nut bars which really, really helped, both on the way up and down. I hit a wall on the way down about 2.5 miles from the trailhead and felt really tired, but took plenty of rests despite the weather, and made it down fine. The weather HAS to be watched closely. It was sunny, beautiful and calm on the way up, then at the summit we noticed a few small looking rain clouds that did not look threatening, but then as we left the summit it began thundering and lightening before we knew it and we were rushing for the tree line (which, at that altitude, contributed to my fatigue I'm sure). Oddly enough we still encountered people going up! Once back in the trees, the storm intensified and we had heavy rain and hail large enough to sting when it hit the skin ... and it got quite cold! Luckily we were prepared with plenty of warm rain gear. Many others on the trail were not. In spite of a number of wild fires in the area, the views from the top were beautiful and made the hike worth the effort and the time to train for it! I recommend this hike, but know you will enjoy it so much more if you take time to prepare for it and bring the right stuff!

My best suggestion is to not wait too long to do this hike, the bugs at the peak get really bad as the weather warms.

My second best recommendation; water, water, water. Bring enough that you can drink it on the drive back to the main road, or give a bottle to some poor old (elderly) woman, like some young kids did.

On our hike we encountered three people with altitude sickness - older guy (maybe 50's - 60's) who dropped to his knees upon arriving at the saddle and puked his guts out, the younger guy (30's?), about 1/4 mile down from saddle, who was wrapped up in a blanket, waiting for the rescue team to come get him (we passed the rescue team a 1/4 mile down from younger guy), and the woman (40's?) with nausea and headaches - she made it up/dn on her own.

I saw at least 5 people take some nasty falls - exposed tree roots, loose gravel, rocks in the path, all trip the inattentive.

The last piece of advice - consider who you are hiking with and their conditioning.

This is an awesome hike until you find yourself taking care of some other fool..Ak

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

great views. pretty hike.

Wasn't really a good loop