This was my first trip I ever took to Arizona to visit my uncle and this hike looked amazing from the pictures I saw so we went. It was a pretty hot day for being April (easily 90 degrees). But it can get up too 118 here in the summer. There are 28 species of cactus out here including prickly pear, barrel, saguaro, and the famous organ pipe. Watch out for the cholla plants. They have really sharp barbs. Animals here include everything from birds to gila monsters, rabbits, javelina, scorpions, and rattlesnakes. I didn't see any snakes on this hike but they are around. Don't forget the hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. And be sure to take plenty of water and snacks. It gets very hot out here and you will need them as this is a pretty strenuous hike up near the top.