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This is the toughest hike I've had in the phoenix area. This hike really begins about a mile in on the path - so you have a good stretch to get warmed up and look at what is about to kick your tail. And kick my tail it did! once up to Siphon it gets harder. Lots of rock climbing, got lost off the trial a few times but met up with a great group and we took the rest together.

The second half of this trail is difficult with lots of rock climbing but I never felt like it was dangerous. Once on top the view is amazing. The hike down was a different story. Really had t take my time in some spots as it was pretty vertical and my legs were gassed.

For me this hike was a great test of your physical and mental status as a budding hiker. Couple of times I just wanted it to end - and I saw people turn back so close to the top - but I made it. Definitely not a trail for dogs on the other side of Siphon.

Will do this again for sure. Favorite hike to date. Dad-bod and sneakers on this one with 3L of h2o and made it alright in 4 hours with break at top. I went out early and sun didn't get me until half the way back down. Can't imagine doing this in the heat of day.

Can't give it 5 stars as there were places where the trail just wasn't marked other than that no complaints on this challenging trek. Ended up going an extra half mile out of the way.

As some others have suggested, we parked at the Mescal Trailhead parking lot and took Mescal > Chuck Wagon > Devil's Bridge. Make sure you take the correct Mescal trail as we accidentally took the trail going away from Devil's Bridge for the first 20 minutes before realizing our mistake. Look for the map and the trail marker stating Mescal to Devil's Bridge. Round trip with time for pictures at the top it took about 2 hrs and 15 min. The trail is mostly flat except with some steep steps at the top. It is much easier than the scrambling at Cathedral Rock.

Absolutely stunning views of the bridge at the end of the trail.

This trail was pretty short and took us around 25 minutes to reach the top. There is a good bit of scrambling that was really fun, but that could also be challenging if you didn't have the proper shoes. The views at sunset were incredible!! We headed down about 20 minutes before the sun actually set so that we weren't hiking down in the dark. Definitely a quick hike with a great reward at the end!

This trail has been closed due to fire damage.

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2 hours ago

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2 hours ago

Nice trail through pine groves. Mostly level with just enough ups and downs to feel like a hike. Some sections are difficult to figure out without the map and areas are pretty rocky. Lot of cleared areas.

Beautiful trail, but much more difficult than I was led to believe. I have a fair amount of hiking experience and this was a rougher trek than I was expecting. Also climbing up and down the falls can be sketchy even if the rocks aren't wet they're still very slick. Also call ahead and make sure the falls are running before taking this trail. We didn't think do so and the falls only had small pools no running water not even a trickle. I'd go back if I knew the falls were running, but if not there's no way.

Very intense, very beautiful. Glad I wore very grippy sneakers with rather stiff soles.
1hr up, including some photo and breathing stops. Same timing for the way down.

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3 hours ago

This was a moderately hard trail for us, mainly due to the distance and the heat! Gorgeous views, and the water was amazing! Cold but it feels super refreshing after the 3.5 mile trek. My husband and I both brought a camel pack and an additional hydro flask so we had enough water for us and our dog... warming if you are bringing a dog. It’s pretty hot for them. There is an area where the trail is black... if burned our dogs feet and we had to carry her on the way back. She has been on several hikes before, and has tough feet... so beware of that part. The rest of the trail isn’t too hot on the ground but that crumbled black rock was no good!

Beautiful hike with great views. Plenty of shade if you get going early in the morning (we started at 6am and finished around 8).

We did the hike with a dog but if your dog is not wild and agile and fearless then the second peak will be impossible and quite possibly dangerous.

Extremely difficult bring lots of water and get ready for a challenge and a great reward

Enjoyed the whole time . Downhill going in , challenging up on way back . Plus a bunch of alternative watering holes to hike to . Hike to Mooney was fabulous and a nice little challenge

This was a challenge for sure! Tough hike, lots of boulder jumping and outright climbing. The very last climb before you reach the summit trail is sketchy. The way down isn’t too much easier.

The view is very worth it, though. Can see across the city and a nice overheard of the superstitions.

Beautiful. Easy to follow trail. Enjoy it.

Totally doable in late afternoon or evening to avoid the hazards of mid day sunshine

What an adventure! Helpful tips would be, get there EARLY if you want a prime camping spot, take some cash for that fry bread burger at camp, take plenty of water for the hike out, seriously consider paying for a donkey to carry out your pack ($30), be prepared for hiking in mostly sand and watch out for the donkeys... they have no personal bubble lol.

Solid hiking spot, very popular mountain biking spot also.
Trail easy to follow, moderate rating is accurate, nice payoff at the end.
Saw a number of colorful birds, and a deer.

hiking
16 hours ago

Be prepared to climb! Was definitely a challenge but definitely worth it. Great views through out the hike. Took us just over 3 hours

There’s only a waterfall right after a monsoon, to the comment down below.

Great trail. Not too difficult and the views are simply amazing.

Beautiful trail with manageable level of difficulty

Great hike .. I would rate it moderate. Have done a couple times with my kids and friends and have enjoyed it equally both times. Beautiful views of the Phoenix area !

Hidden valley at the end makes the whole thing worth it

Spent a little time on the 8, L.V. Yates, today. Started on 304 east, up and over the mountain and then down onto the 8. Essentially a flat trail with few tricks, t does trail way off out of Piestewa Peak Park, eventually to 2 Bit Peak and 100, Charles M. Christensen. Today I just hiked for a ways, a few miles, then turned around and went back. A pleasant hike.

I took this hike/climb today. That’s something I I’ve been saying I would do since we moved to Arizona almost five years ago. I am certainly glad I had gloves to grip the cables. It is challenging but well worth it to be able to say you’ve done it and for the fantastic views. I started at 5:45 a.m. Later starts will encounter some serious heat. Although the hike is short plan on three or four hours because of the climbing it’s no sprint, at least not for this 74 year old!

Not 7.2 miles though I think we pushed 10.

We really enjoyed this trial! 2 adults and 2 kids (age 7 and 9) were able to complete this down, rest for 20 minutes and back up in just under 3 hours. Some parts the dust is a bit hard to walk through and we had to wait for 2 mule groups to pass us as well. Oh yeah, get ready for mule poop :)

This is the only way into the canyon from the north side and it is not as steep as the south side.

Technically for this far down the North Kaibab trail - you are actually not looking at Grand Canyon, but it is still beautiful.

Enjoy!!

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20 hours ago

Great short hike- not difficult but a good workout heading up the trail. Some nice views of green Valley.

First time on this trail. Went clockwise when I probably should have gone the other way. Got lost once and found myself in a wash a couple of times. Pretty scenery but very dry not much water or life due to the drought conditions. Will hike it again after a good rain, probably much cooler then!

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