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We did this hike twice on recent trip to Tucson. Valley temps were 90's so great way to escape the heat! I would hike counter-clockwise for nice trek following a stream through the woods. About mid-point You can detour on the Wilderness of Rocks trail (as out and back) for some other views. On the backside there were a few big views. The last part of the decent is rocky and a bit steep. Probably more shade once the leaves come out in spring. This is a busy location so arrive early for parking.
Note: The actual trail does not match up to the Forest Service trail shown on Garmin hiking GPS. The trail is obvious but if you are following the Garmin it will give some doubt the first time you do this trail.
The loop trail is quite easy and relaxing. I did not care for how close to the highway it gets, but the majority is remote so I was able to overlook that. We did the summit as a part of our loop. The summit is much more physically demanding but worth the views of Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks. I wouldn't mind trying just the loop next time!
Awesome Hike! We parked out along Dry Creek Rd not realizing there's a parking lot up near the trailhead. We'll park there next time. It's a moderate trail up until the last push, then it becomes climbing up some natural rock stairs. Don't let that deter you, because the payoff at the end, the bridge is incredible! I saw elderly, children, and parents hiking babies on their backs or chests get up the last push of rock staircases. So anyone can make it up there! There was a line to get to go on the bridge to take a picture, but it wasn't too bad to wait in. The people you'll meet on the trail are friendly too! This is a trail that allows motorized vehicles on it for the beginning portion, so just be aware as you hike. Enjoy! I know we did! And we got amazing pics from it too!